January 4, 1931 -- April 2, 2019

William Joseph “Bill” Gramm, 88, of Shipshewana, passed away at his home
in Shipshewana, on Tuesday, April 2. He was born on January 4, 1931, in
Bloomington, IL, to Joseph J. and Leora (Corbitt) Gramm. He graduated from
Holy Trinity High School, during which time he served as a Civil Air Patrol
Cadet. He then enlisted in the U.S. Air Force from 1949-1950, serving as a
Corporal at Moses Lake Air Force Base, Washington. He was then promoted
to Sergeant at McDill Air Force Base, Florida. On May 19, 1951, in
Bloomington, IL, he married Lelah J. West. Bill served a Sheet Metal/Pipe
Fitter Apprenticeship at G.M. & O Railroad in Bloomington, IL. He was later
employed by Sheet Metal Local #1 in Peoria, IL. In 1965 he moved his family
to Morton, IL. He is survived by his wife Lelah of Shipshewana; three
daughters, Deborah (John) Egli of Wolcottville, Janet (Dwight) Ekstrom of
Lafayette, and Lori (Ed) Reynolds of Peoria, IL; nine grandchildren, 13 great-
grandchildren; sister, Peggy Costigan of Bloomington, IL. He was preceded
in death by his parents. He was a member of the Morton American Legion,
where he served as a Post Commander and Ceremonial Officer. He was also
a member of the Veteran's organization Forty and Eight. Bill was a master
woodworker, enjoyed working in his yard and garden, and building model
cars, ships and airplanes. He was a follower of Westview basketball and
soccer teams and was an avid Chicago Cubs fan. Visitation will be from         
2:00 - 4:00 pm and 6:00 - 8:00 pm on Friday, April 5 at Miller-Stewart Funeral
Home, 1003 South Main Street, Middlebury. Funeral services will be at 10:00
am on Saturday, April 6 also at the funeral home. Services will be conducted
by Pastors Ron and Char Roth. Burial will be in Shore Cemetery,
Shipshewana. Memorials may be given to Goshen Health Foundation for
research in advancing immunology or Parkview Foundation.
 


                  
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Leah and FAMILY SO SORRY TO READ OF BILLS PASSING. WE HAVE SO
MANY GOOD MEMORIES AS NEIGHBORS. MAY OUR LORD AND SAVIOR
LIFT YOU UP IN HIS ARMS
From: ALICE AND MOE SCHAFER
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Lori, I'm so deeply sorry for your loss. You and your family have my sincerest
condolences.
From: Gina Stickelmaier
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May God comfort you all as He embraces you in His loving arms. We are so
sorry to hear of your loss and know Bill will be greatly missed.
From: Doris and David
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I'm so sorry to hear of Bills passing. I'm thinking of all of you during this
difficult time for your family.
From: Cathy (Rundall) Thomatis
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To Deb Egli: Sincere sympathy in the loss of your father. You will be in my
prayers!
From: Phyllis Hartzler
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Dear Family, You have my sympathy in the passing of husband, brother, dad,
grandfather and great grandfather. I know he will be missed. Cling to the
memories that you hold closest. God be with you and comfort you and give
you peace.
From: Liz Gramm
William " Bill" Gramm
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