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Willis "Bill" Glenn Lough

July 10, 1928 — January 13, 2023


Willis “Bill” Glenn Lough, 94, of Orion, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, January 13, 2023, at his home.

Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, January 19, 2023, at Esterdahl Mortuary & Crematory, Ltd., Orion. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, January 20, 2023, at the Orion United Methodist Church, 407 12th Ave, Orion, IL.  Burial will be at Western Township Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to Orion United Methodist Church, where Bill was an active member or The American Cancer Society-Iowa City, IA as Bill was a cancer survivor.

Bill was born on July 10, 1928, in Moline, the son of Glenn and Merle (Larson) Lough.  He was raised in the Orion area and attended a country school east of town until high school, where he graduated in 1946. He married his high school sweetheart Kathryn R. Stromquist on September 4, 1948, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Orion. The couple had three children together- Bruce, Terry, and Carol- and celebrated 66 anniversaries together. Bill farmed and raised livestock beside his loving wife for over 40 years. Together, they enjoyed camping, gardening, bowling, and fishing. He was an active member of the Henry County Farm Bureau including the Board of Directors. Bill was an organizer at the Sportsman Lake in Orion and enjoyed hunting and being outdoors. Kathryn preceded him in death on November 5, 2014.

Bill and Kathryn felt very, very proud and unbelievably lucky with the family they raised. They took great pride in their Children, Grandchildren, Great Grandchildren, and Great Great Grandchildren. “We must have done something right.”

Survivors include his children, Bruce (Carolyn) Lough, Terry (Marita) Lough, Carol (Wayne) Toprock; grandchildren, Brad West, Jason Lough, Ashley Hayes, Shannon Lough, Samantha Crow, Bryce Lough; 17 great grandchildren; 2 great great grandchildren; sisters, Elaine Heuer, Verna Mae Jacobson.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; brother, Warren.

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Thursday, January 19, 2023

5:00 - 7:00 pm

Esterdahl Mortuary & Crematory, Ltd., Orion

1301 4th Street, Orion, IL 61273

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Funeral Service

Friday, January 20, 2023

Starts at 11:00 am

Orion United Methodist Church

407 12th Avenue, Orion, IL 61273

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