2012-09-29 / Obituaries

William (Bill) Edward Dearlove

William (Bill) Edward Dearlove was born to William Gillard Dearlove and Edna E. (Leisberg) Dearlove on March 8, 1927, in Elgin, Ill. He had his schooling there and graduated from Elgin High School. He joined the Navy Air Force in 1944, trained and served as an aircraft mechanic and served until 1946.

He then went to the University of Illinois and graduated in 1950 with a degree in mechanical engineering. In 1963, he got his master’s degree in engineering administration from Bradley University in Peoria, Ill. He joined Caterpillar Tractor Co. in 1951 and worked there in their research department for 35 years, retiring in 1985.

In 1956, he married Marion (Heidbreder) Longstreet and they lived in Morton, IL, then moved to Washington, IL, in 1958. In 1977, they bought a lot on Pine Island on Lake Vermillion near Tower, MN, and with the help of their family, they built a log cabin, which they enjoyed for vacations and in retirement. After retiring in 1985, they moved to Port Charlotte, FL and enjoyed their winters in Florida and their summers at their cabin on Lake Vermilion near Tower, Minn. In March 2010, they sold their Florida house and moved to Thornville, near their son, Steven.

He is survived by his loving wife, Marion; three married sons, John L. Dearlove (Laurie) of Lake Forest, IL, Steven L. Dearlove (Billie) of Thornville, and Thomas J. Dearlove (Karen) of Kenai, Alaska; seven grandchildren; one great-grandson; two nephews, David (Lynne) Dearlove and George (Jean) Dearlove; and a niece, Judy Dearlove.

He was preceded in death by his father, William Dearlove; his mother, Edna (Leiseberg) Dearlove; and a brother, Gillard Dearlove.

He enjoyed many activities, and a favorite was flying. He earned his solo license while still in high school and his private license after buying a two-seat plane while working at Caterpillar proving grounds in Arizona as an engineer. He went from a two-seat to a four-seat Bonanza and when his family got too large for it, he switched to building and flying model airplanes, which continued on into retirement. He was a member of the Charlotte Radio Control Society flying club. He was also an avid reader and enjoyed fishing, gardening and traveling.

He will be missed by his family and many friends. There will be a private family memorial at a later date. Funeral arrangements are being made by The Hoskinson Schoedinger Funeral home in Thornville. Memorials may be made to Heartland Hospice, 6500 Busch Blvd., Columbus, OH 43229.

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