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John W. "Bill" Winston

December 16th, 1937 – November 15th, 2017

John W. "Bill" Winston, age 79 of Monmouth, IL, passed away at 11:55 am on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at the Roseville Rehab and Nursing Center in Roseville, IL. He was born on December 16, 1937 in Schuyler Co., IL, the son of Edward L. and Dorothy A. (Workman) Winston. He married Sondra M. Bollinger on November 17, 1956 in Astoria, IL. She survives.

Also surviving are his son, John (and Carol) Winston of Monmouth, his daughter Jennifer Winston of Monmouth, three grandsons, Daniel, Derek, and Joshua Winston, his sister Beverly Burgard of Rushville, IL and his brother Jack (and Betty) Winston of Rushville, IL.

Bill was preceded in death by his brother Junior Winston.

He was an Army veteran, serving from 1958 to 1962 in the 71st Artillery Division with a rank of SP5.

He worked as a Bookkeeper and Tax Preparer for over 44 years in Beardstown, IL, retiring in 2013. He also farmed in Schuyler County for 20 years.

Bill coached the Browning Sprigs Minor League baseball team and coached Little League teams in Rushville. He was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan.

He was a member of the Schuyler County School Board and was treasurer of several Drainage Districts in Cass and Schuyler counties.

He loved collecting toy tractors and airplanes and his office in Beardstown was decorated with military uniforms and hats he had collected.

Bill started early in teaching his grandsons the Golden Rule. He and Sondra were longtime Rushville and Beardstown residents, eventually moving to Monmouth in 2015.

Services will be held at 2:00 pm on Sunday, November 19th at Shawgo Memorial Home in Astoria. The Beardstown VFW Post #1239 will officiate with full military rites accorded. Friends may call 1 hour prior to the service. Memorials may be given to OSF Hospice or the Beardstown VFW Post #1239.

Cremation rites will be accorded following the service.


November 17th, 2017

John & family,
Sorry for your loss. I remember chatting with him at high school sporting events and when cross country team ran the hill at your house. Bill Wheelhouse

November 17th, 2017

Sondra and Jenny John and Carol Danny and Derek and Josh so sorry for your loss I sure will miss Uncle Bill helping him getting very important advice and that goodnight Lane and that most important God bless you love Elana

November 19th, 2017

Sondra and Jenny,

So sorry for your loss. I just heard this morning. Our thoughts and prayer are with you both.

Greg Rebman

November 19th, 2017

We are so sorry for your loss. Bill was a wonderful man. All our love Donna and Lenore Boyd.

June 18th, 2018

He will always be remembered fondly.
Gordon and Cindy Tingley