William A. (Bill) Siler
William A. (Bill) Siler of Champaign died Saturday, April 25, 2015 at the age of 90. He was born March 9, 1925 in Anderson, Ind., the son of William A Siler and Emma Miller Siler. On September 27, 1947 he married Ada B Maxwell in Lafayette, Ind., where both attended Purdue University. He graduated with a degree in Pharmacy.
Surviving are his wife, Ada, and his children: Susan Mahannah of Urbana, Ill.; Peggy Thomas of Clermont, Fla.; Carolyn Siler of Moorpark, Calif.; Barbara Langendorf of Urbana, Ill.; William A Siler of Tomah, Wis.; P. Gretchen Shafer of Tolono, Ill.; and Bonita Gilles of Camarillo, Calif. He is also survived by a sister, Dorothea Berasley, of Austin, Tex.; 15 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren. His parents and two sisters, Ruth E. Siler and Marjorie A. Siler preceded him in death.
He served in the Navy during WW II in the South Pacific as a pharmacist’s mate. His book, “Death by Prescription,” was published in 1977. He loved reading, gardening and was also an avid photographer. He strove for perfection and always pursued new ideas because he had wide ranging interests.
His celebration of life will be held at Heath and Vaughn Funeral Home, 201 N. Elm, Champaign, on Friday, May 1, 2015 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., following which a reception will be held at the Vineyard from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. for friends and family.
Because of his fondness for his dogs, memorials may be made to the Champaign County Humane Society and Three Wet Dogs Inc.
Online condolences may be offered at www.HeathandVaughn.com.