William Riechoff

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William W. Riechoff, 86, of Belleville, IL, passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, February 24, 2021.

William enjoyed a full life filled with work, hobbies, family, and many friends. William remained active throughout his 86 years. Later in life, he enjoyed his Grand Manor family and the time he spent with Jeanette Wadsworth. He will be missed by all that were blessed to know him.

William was preceded in death by his bride, of 58 years, Barbara J., nee Hoeffken, Riechoff, whom he married on May 7, 1955, and who died on October 10, 2013; a daughter, Debra, nee Riechoff, Wilke; and his parents, William T. and Edith, nee Ward, Riechoff; a sister, Wanda Jean, nee Riechoff, Quackenbush; and many other family and friends.

Surviving are a daughter, Tina, nee Riechoff, (Roger)Williams of Collinsville, IL;
three grandsons, Billy (Amanda) Wilke of LaFayette, GA, Dale (Alyssa) Wilke of Belleville, IL, and Mitchell (Ashlyn) Williams of O’Fallon, IL;
a sister, Peggy, nee Riechoff, Bryant of Kansas City, MO;
a son-in-law, William Wilke of Belleville, IL;
loving friend, Jeanette Wadsworth of Swansea, IL;
many other great-grandchildren;
and nieces.

Memorials may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society or to the American Cancer Society.  Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.

Funeral:  Private family services will be held. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Please e-mail litetheway@yahoo.com with contact information.


17 Comments on William Riechoff

Bonnie Decker said : Guest Report Apr 24, 2021 at 9:01 AM

Sad to read that Bill and Barb have passed from this life. I remember Bill coming into the pharmacy that I worked at for many years. It was a pleasure to talk with Bill. He was a sweet and pleasant gentleman.

  • Savoy
  • Illinois
Austin Givens said : Guest Report Mar 17, 2021 at 1:13 PM

Bill was a regular attender of our gym in Shiloh. He always had a smile on his face and was routinely "so tickled" by his strength training improvements the last year or so. He would often come in to the office to chat about how much weight he was doing on the machines. A club favorite who will be missed by many here. Prayers for the family.

  • OFallon
  • IL
Lisa Barttelbort said : Guest Report Mar 03, 2021 at 1:09 PM

So sorry for the loss of a very sweet man with a heart as big as his smile. That's how I will remember him, with a big smile. He will be missed.

  • Swansea
  • Illinois
margie biehl schwartz said : Guest Report Mar 02, 2021 at 7:59 PM

I am very sorry for the sadness you are feeling on the loss of your dear dad and grandpa. Pat and I always enjoyed his and Barb's company and also as neighbors. May he rest in peace.

  • belleville
  • illinois
Bev & Brian Henn said : Guest Report Mar 01, 2021 at 8:40 AM

Very sorry to hear of your loss. Know that you are loved and the cheerfulness and joy your dad shared with you and family throughout his life will remain forever

  • Stonington
  • Illinois
Richard Gundlach said : Guest Report Feb 28, 2021 at 4:37 PM

Bill will be remembered for his smile and laugh. Many memories of Hoeffken Clubhouse days with he and Barb. With Sympathy Dick and Kathy Gundlach

  • Swansea
  • IL
Richard Gundlach said : Guest Report Feb 28, 2021 at 4:37 PM

Bill will be remembered for his smile and laugh. Many memories of Hoeffken Clubhouse days with he and Barb. With Sympathy Dick and Kathy Gundlach

  • Swansea
  • IL
June Benedick said : Guest Report Feb 28, 2021 at 3:28 PM

Craig and I moved onto Union Ave in 1980. Bill and Barb were our neighbors for many years. We always enjoyed our visits with them and waves as we drove past their house. Our family sends their sympathy.

  • Swansea
  • State
Leroy sandy Glueck said : Guest Report Feb 27, 2021 at 4:31 PM

So sorry what a great job Leroy went to high school with him and in Gear Jammers for years. He will be missed.

  • Ofallon Il.
  • IL.
Robert P Wagner said : Guest Report Feb 27, 2021 at 10:58 AM

I've know Bill for better then 50 years . He was the reason i started and stayed in the same profession as he did. He was a great friend and will be missed .

  • shiloh
  • Illinois
Tom Piek said : Guest Report Feb 27, 2021 at 10:03 AM

The years and the miles of separation can’t erase the fond memories of wonderful times spent with Bill and his family when we lived in Belleville. So, so glad we got to see the whole family when we were there in 2013. Bill’s was a voice I would be able to pick out if a crowd. I will cherish that forever. God’s blessing to the family that endures! May His peace and comfort be with you! Hugs!

  • Puyallup
  • WA
Christine Anderson said : Guest Report Feb 27, 2021 at 9:33 AM

My deepest condolences go out to his family and friends. I'm so sorry to hear about this loss. So sudden. May he rest in peace .

  • Belleville
  • IL
James Joseph Gore said : Guest Report Feb 26, 2021 at 12:34 PM

Bill & Barb were great friends when we lived in Belleville. God Bless both of you finally together again

  • Normal
  • Illinois
James Joseph Gore said : Guest Report Feb 26, 2021 at 12:32 PM

It was with a heavy heart that I heard about this. Many happy days starting the Gear Jammers & the strip at Parks with many beers afterwards. A great friend & will be missed by "Sleeper" Jim Gore

  • Normal
  • Illinois
Carol Blue said : Guest Report Feb 26, 2021 at 9:14 AM

Bill's wife Barb was my life time friend, and because of their marriage, he was a friend also. I appreciate his loving care for Barb during her lifetime, and cherished his friendship for so long. Unfortunately, we didn't stay in touch too much, but I thought of him and Barb very often. My condolences to his children and grandchildren what a gem of a man!

  • Illinois
Marge Rmkr said : Guest Report Feb 25, 2021 at 4:47 PM

Bill and Barb were great neighbors on Union Avenue. Our families had many great weekends barbecuing, pitching horseshoes and of course plenty of Stag Beer. Bill and Joe enjoyed their retirement fishing at the clubhouse, going to fitness classes, mall walking and bowling. Rest In Peace Bill. You were a faithful husband, father, grandfather, father-in-law. A great friend to so many people. One of a kind person.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Sue Frillman said : Guest Report Feb 25, 2021 at 12:20 PM

Such a nice man with a wonderful family. My sincere sympathy on his passing.. May God comfort you, sending love.

  • Belleville
  • Il

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