William “Bill” Dissett
April 21, 1927 - November 4, 2018
Service Date: November 12, 2018
William “Bill” Dissett, 91, died Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018 at Memorial Hospital East in Shiloh, Illinois. He was born April 21, 1927 in East St. Louis, Illinois, to Michael and Catherine Dissett. He married Helen Lukie on Feb. 3, 1951 and she survives.
Also surviving are his seven children, Barbara LeChien of Belleville, Illinois, Michael (Karen) Dissett of Belleville, Illinois, Joan Hibdon of Grand Junction, Colorado, Patricia (John) Wolf of Fort Wayne, Indiana, Joseph (Sherry) Dissett of Afton, Missouri, Mary Dissett of St. Charles, Missouri and James Dissett of Denver, Colorado. In addition, Bill is survived by his nine grandchildren, Keith LeChien, Jay LeChien, Lori LeChien, Matthew Dissett, Angela Skelton (Dissett), Alisha Bowers (Hibdon), Dusty Hibdon, Jason Wolf (Dissett) and Matthew Wolf (Dissett); and 20 great grandchildren, Avery LeChien, Bennett LeChien, August LeChien, Clarence (Clay) LeChien, Elizabeth LeChien, Miles LeChien, Josephine LeChien, Madalyn Dissett, Ethan Dissett, Ryan Dissett, Katelyn Dissett, Erin Skelton (Dissett), Aiden Skelton (Dissett), Gavin Skelton (Dissett) Nathan Skelton (Dissett), Lily Grace Skelton (Dissett), Owen Skelton (Dissett), Adalyn Bowers (Hibdon), Annika Bowers (Hibdon) and Jameson Bowers (Hibdon). Two sisters-in-law also survive, Mickie (Robert) Dissett of Kirkwood, Missouri and Catherine Lukie of Belleville, Illinois.
Bill’s father, Michael Dissett, mother, Catherine Dissett and two brothers, John (Jack) and Robert preceded him in death.
Bill was a longtime resident of Belleville, Illinois, where he lived with his beloved Helen and raised their children as members of St. Augustine of Canterbury Catholic Church. A veteran of the United States Army, Bill served in World War II in Germany. He worked as a negative engraver with the United States Department of Defense for many years until his retirement in 1989. His first and true love always remained his wife and children, and he frequently could be found working on their Belleville home, helping friends and neighbors with household projects or volunteering with fellow parishioners on church events.
Like many fathers and husbands, Bill enjoyed a Sunday cookout. “Best barbecue of the year,” he’d exclaim after every dinner. Every meal was indeed the best. A devotee of the arts and music, Bill painted and drew landscapes, still lifes and caricatures during his limited spare time. His artworks grace the hallways and living rooms of treasured friends and family across the country now. He also was a skilled cartoonist, creating elaborate greeting cards for special events and depictions of trips taken with friends and loved ones. He was a lover of life who rarely turned down the opportunity to share a joke, spend time with others or swap stories with friends.
Bill taught his family the values of humility, hard work, loyalty and honesty. His passion and love for his wife Helen remained until the end, and his example of devotion will never be forgotten.
Memorials: Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (www.alzfdn.org <http://www.alzfdn.org>) or the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (www.cff.org <http://www.cff.org>).
Visitation: Visitation is from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018 at Kurrus Funeral Home in Belleville.
Church Visitation and Mass: A visitation at St. Augustine of Canterbury Catholic Church begins at 9 a.m. Monday, Nov. 12, 2018 with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at Mt. Carmel Cemetery.