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Igoe, William Joseph


enjoyed golfing – a hobby he’d learned from his brother Pete as a teenager. A lifelong learner, he spent his retirement developing clarinet skills and perpetuall­y learning a new language with the help of the Berlitz Self-Teacher book series. He and Phyllis figure skated together, traveled around the United States camping and visiting family and friends, and made several trips to England. However, Bill was always happiest at home. He made a mean garlic cheese dip for family gatherings and could often be found helping neighbors. Bill is survived by sons William (Janis), Peter (Mary), Matthew (Linda), and Brian (Anna); eight grandchild­ren; and many nephews and nieces. He is preceded in death by his parents, wife Phyllis, and siblings. The family thanks Bill’s son Matt and Alternativ­e Home Care - especially Tess and Luis - for all they did to keep Dad/Grandpa comfortabl­e in his own home for so long. Visitation on Friday September 16, 2022, 4:00 – 8:00 p.m., at Elmhurst Community Funeral Home – THE AHLGRIM CHAPEL, 567 South Spring Road. Funeral service on Saturday September 17, 2022, 10:00 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial to follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Elmhurst. For info, 630-834-3515 or

Sign Guest Book at William Joseph Igoe, 97, of Elmhurst died on September 10 th . Born July 9, 1925 to William and Mary (McKeon) Igoe in Chicago, Bill was the youngest of five children. He graduated from Austin High School in 1943. In his high school yearbook, he declared his ambition to be “Happy, Healthy, Hungry.” He spent the next 80 years being just that. He was known for his loyal friendship, good nature, and an uncanny ability to find a good bakery wherever he went. During World War II, Bill served in the U.S. Army Air Corps as an airplane mechanic in the China-Burma-India Theater. His military service literally took him around the world. By the time he returned home to Chicago, he’d seen the Great Pyramids and Taj Mahal. He married Phyllis Levell in July 1946. Their married life started in a post-war housing project in Oak Park’s Longfellow Park before moving to Elmhurst in 1954. They raised four sons and shared life for 72 years until Phyllis’s death in 2018. Bill spent his career working as a mail carrier for the United States Postal Service. He became part of the Oak Park neighborho­od where he worked “Route 40.” Prior to starting at the USPS, he did track maintenanc­e as a “gandy dancer” for Chicago and North Western Railroad. He also worked part-time jobs; first at Haney’s Standard Gas Station in Oak Park and then driving a bulk mail truck for Hartwig Transit. In his free time, Bill

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