William L. Piffner

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William Lee Piffner, 72 of Belleville, IL, born February 25, 1947 in Belleville IL, passed away peacefully on March 17, 2019 in the care of his son, at his son’s residence in Belleville, IL.

William was a member of Christ United Church of Christ, Belleville IL, and belonged to the St. Clair County Anglers Club, Millstadt. IL. He was also a former Elks Lodge Member, #664, Fairview Heights, IL, for many years. William was a service manager for several different Chrysler, Plymouth, and Dodge Dealerships here on the metro east side. William was a 1965 graduate of Belleville Township High School West and started his life long career with an ad he had seen in the Belleville paper looking to train GM mechanics. After completing the training, he found that GM had an overabundance of candidates, leading him to start out as a service writer for Joe Sprino Chrysler Plymouth, Belleville IL, in the late 1960’s. He worked a short stint in the early 1970’s at Granite City Dodge. He then moved on to Miller Chrysler, Plymouth when they relocated from East St. Louis in 1976 to Belleville, where he remained service manager until the owner sold the dealership in 1996. He finished out his career at Brent Bergheger Chrysler, Plymouth, Mascoutah, IL, retiring in 2009. While working at the dealerships he was very supportive of union wages for his technicians and was a lifelong member of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers District 9 of Bridgeton, MO. Throughout his career he participated in many union contract talks, negotiations, and meetings establishing standardized wages and apprenticeship programs for young technicians. He was an avid fisherman, spending many weekends taking family members and friends out in the boat to fish. He loved his camping trailer and always invited friends and family to come down to the camp ground and bank fish, bar-be-que and spend the weekend. William gave his unconditional love and friendship to all and was always there for his family and friends. He loved his grandchildren very much and enjoyed spending time with them over the years. His smile, sense of humor, and laughter will be missed by all.

He was preceded in death by a son, Jeffrey F. Piffner; and his parents, Leroy and Ann Marie, nee Buechler, Piffner.

Those left to cherish his memory are his significant other, Kristen A. Halbruner;
his children, William G. Piffner and Robert L. Piffner;
two grandchildren, William E. Piffner and Emma A. Piffner;
and a daughter-in-law, Robin N. Piffner.

Memorials may be made to the American Parkinson’s Disease Association – Greater St. Louis Chapter, 1415 Elbridge Payne Road, Suite 150, Chesterfield, MO, 63017. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.

Visitation: Friends may visit from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, March 24, 2019, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, March 25, 2019, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Burial will be at Valhalla Gardens of Memory, Belleville, IL.


3 Comments on William L. Piffner

Crystal said : Guest Report Mar 24, 2019 at 12:01 PM

He dated my grandma for 13-15 years. He was the only grandpa I knew on my dads side of the family. Growing up, he was one of my favorite people. He would take me to the store and buy me candy, we watched wrestling together, when we all went camping me and grandpa would get up early and go fishing. My childhood wouldnt have been the same without him there. I will miss him dearly, but I will cherish those memories for the rest of my life.

  • Illinois
Janice Holle Martin said : Guest Report Mar 23, 2019 at 4:19 PM

I grew up with Billy . I lived two houses from him. We walked to school, rode bikes build things, took things apart. I have very fond memories of that time in my life. After returning to the area I revisited the old neighborhood and had fond thought of my old playmate..My deepest sympathy

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Mary Pritchett said : Guest Report Mar 21, 2019 at 6:56 PM

I met Bill at Miller Chrysler/Plymouth and again at Bergheger where he never treated me as a stupid woman who didn't know what she was talking about. He was such a kind gentleman. So sad to hear of his passing!

  • Mascoutah
  • IL

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