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8/22/2012 8:00:00 AM
William F. Quigley

Sept. 14, 1921 - Aug. 20, 2012

William "Bill" Francis Quigley, 90, of Peru passed away at 5:43 p.m., Monday, Aug. 20, 2012, at his residence. He was born in Peru on Sept. 14, 1921, the son of Edward and Cora Pennel Quigley. Bill married Betty Woodcox in Rochester on May 14, 1971, and she survives.

Bill was a 1939-40 graduate of Peru High School and retired from the Norfolk Western Railroad as a freight conductor in 1981 after 40 years of service. He was a U.S. Army WWII veteran. He served with the 726th Railroad Battalion in Pandu, India, in the China Burma Theater. His military decorations include the Asiatic Pacific Theater Ribbon, the Good Conduct Medal and the WWII Victory Medal.

Bill's greatest joys in life were his wife and family and his Roman Catholic faith. A devout Catholic, he was a member of the St. Charles Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus, the Moose Lodge, the American Legion, The Disabled American Veterans, UTU for LIFE and NARVE.

Bill and Betty spent 19 winters in Phoenix, Ariz. As an avid Chicago Cubs fan, Bill had season tickets to the Chicago Cubs spring training games in Mesa, Ariz. He also enjoyed jazz and big band music and the Indianapolis Colts and Pacers.

Surviving in addition to his wife Betty; is one grandson, Derek Townsend; a nephew Edward (Diana) Quigley; and his daughter Kathleen Rose Quigley; a niece Linda Thayer and her daughter Angelina Thayer, and her son Douglass Thayer; a special niece, Katherine (Dr. James) Schalliol and their children; and special nephew Stephen (Sylvia) Wacknitz and their children.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Sherrill Hamer; and two brothers, Richard and James Quigley

A Mass of Christian Burial celebrating the life of William F. Quigley will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012, at the St. Charles Catholic Church, 58 West 5th St., Peru, with Rev. Eric Underwood officiating.

Burial will be in St. Charles Catholic Cemetery with Military Graveside Services provided by members of the Miami County Military Rites Unit.

Family and friends will gather from 5-8 p.m. on Friday at the Eikenberry-Eddy Funeral Home, 84 West Main, Peru.

There will be a prayer service at 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Memorial donations may be made through the funeral home to the St. Charles Catholic Church.

Online condolences may be made at

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