William 'Bill' E. Southard

william 'bill' southard

April 29, 1934 ~ May 24, 2023

Born in: Springfield, Illinois
Resided in: Butler, Illinois

William “Bill” E. Southard, 89, of Butler, formerly of Taylorville, passed away on Wednesday, May 24, 2023, at his residence.

Bill was born April 29, 1934, in Springfield, the son of Carl Herbert and Mary Louise (Weitekamp) Southard.  He graduated from Pleasant Plains High School with the Class of 1955 and was drafted into the United States Army.  Bill proudly served our country with the 82nd Airborne Division.  He owned and operated Southard Tree Service for decades, servicing Taylorville and the surrounding areas.  Bill was a former member of the Church of God in Kincaid.

He was preceded in death by his parents; infant daughter, Patricia; daughters, Charlene and Catherine; and brothers, Clarence “Buster”, George, and Bob Southard.

Bill is survived by his daughters, Carolyn L. (Lynn) Goebel of Rochester, and Cindy Southard of Des Moines, IA; 10 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; siblings, Ben Southard of Springfield, John “Bing” (Linda) Southard of Springfield, and Bunny (Jim Haley) Southard of Big Pine Key, FL; sister-in-law, Karen Southard of Galesburg; several nieces, nephews, and cousins; and his faithful companion, Little Joe the Chihuahua.

Graveside Ceremony: 1:00 p.m. on Friday, May 26, 2023, at Camp Butler National Cemetery, 5063 Camp Butler Rd, Springfield, IL 62707, with military honors provided by the Interveterans Burial Detail of Sangamon County and the Department of Defense.

The family has entrusted Shafer-Perfetti & Assalley Funeral Home in Taylorville with ceremonies.

Please visit www.assalleyfuneralhomes.com to share memories of Bill, or to offer condolences to his family.



Graveside Ceremony: May 26, 2023 1:00 pm

Camp Butler National Cemetery
5063 Camp Butler Road
Springfield, IL 62707

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  1. Light a CandleI will cherish the stories Dad (Buster) told us about Uncle Bill. How he was strong and an incredible climber, best in the family.
    My heart goes out to all of you.

  2. Light a CandleUncle bill will be playing cards and cutting a rug up in heaven. I’ll miss you. RIP till we meet again.

  3. Light a CandleBill was a great guy.He would do anything for anyone.If you needed something and he had it he would give to you. My husband and I went to church with Bill at New Hope Assembly. Condolences to his family
    Chuck and Sandy Warren

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