William E Bolger

November 4, 1935 ~ October 14, 2021 (age 85)


William E. Bolger, 85, of Philo passed away at 8:15AM, Thursday, October 14, 2021 at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana.

Funeral Mass will be 10:00 AM, Tuesday, October 19, 2021 at St. Thomas Catholic Church, Philo with Rev. Keith Walder officiating.  Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery, Philo.  Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 PM Monday at the church with the rosary at 4:30PM.  Freese Funeral Home, Sidney is assisting with arrangements.

Bill was born November 4, 1935 in Los Angeles, CA, a son to Henry and Bonnie McGee Bolger.  He married Edith Clennon on November 13, 1954 in Philo, she survives.

Also surviving are six children; Susan Yeazel of Philo, Chuck (Diane) Bolger of Myrtle Beach, SC, Cathy (Mike) Weatherford of Villa Grove, John Bolger of Fairview, IL, Cease (Darren) Cady of Danville, IA, and Jim (Michelle) Bolger of Philo, 13 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother; Robert Bolger.

Bill was employed at Western Electric for 25 years.  He also owned and operated a barber shop in Philo.  He was past Fire Chief of Philo Fire Department and was a member of St. Thomas Catholic Church, Philo.  He was an actor in plays and commercials.  He enjoyed the Chicago Cubs, golfing and gardening.

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October 18, 2021

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
St. Thomas Catholic Church (Philo)

Funeral Mass
October 19, 2021

10:00 AM
St. Thomas Catholic Church (Calvary Cemetery, Philo IL)

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