Bill Dutton

Aug 14th, 1933 - Oct 20th, 2020


Aldersgate Methodist Church

Sat, Oct. 24th, 2020 10am


Aldersgate Methodist Church

Sat, Oct. 24th, 2020 12pm

Bill Dutton

Willie “Bill” Epps Dutton, 87, of Marion, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at the Marion VA CLC under Hospice care.

Bill was born on August 14, 1933 to the late Willie Goble Dutton and Juanita Winters Dutton in Harrisburg.  He married Rita Jennings on September 24, 1994 and she survives.

Bill would tell anyone who would listen that he went to a one room school house in the country with only seven students in the whole school and went through 6th, 7th and 8th grades by himself and then went to high school in the city with over 250 students.  Bill proceeded to join the Army and serve his country in the Korean Conflict from 1953 to 1955. He later was employed by Shelter Insurance Company as a claims adjuster, retiring after 34 years of service.  For the next 14 years, he worked as a driver for Watermark Ford Hyundai Dealership in Marion. 

Bill enjoyed gardening, mowing his lawn and others, camping, square dancing and decorating his yard for the holidays.  He was the jack of all trades, could do about anything he put his mind to and could fix anything.  Family and friends benefited from his skills.  Bill collected picture clocks and any clock in general, which he usually purchased at yard sales.  He had a barn, outbuildings and basement to store all his treasures in.  Bill never threw anything away.  He loved spending time with his family, grandchildren, great grandchildren and dressing up for Halloween and other square-dancing activities.  Bill was a member of Aldersgate Methodist Church for over 40 years. He was a season ticket holder for SIU Basketball for many years.

His family and friends knew him as “Paps” and he is survived by his wife, Rita; son, Brent Dutton; daughter, Julie (Dennis) White; his daughters and son in laws, Linda (Wayne) Whitehead, Sharon (Brian) Carter, Denise (Mike) Skelton; daughter in law, Lynn Dutton; his grandchildren, Justin (DeeEllen) White, Ean White and Shelby, Trista (Bradley) Cavins, Braci Dutton and Jonathan, Sarah (Matt) Germann, Jacob Whitehead, Emily Kaelin (Tyler) Stocking, Eliza Kate Carter, Benjamin Carter, Michael Skelton, Andrew (Leah) Skelton and many great grandchildren; his sisters, Shirley Price and Aline Oglesby; his brother, Larry Dutton and brother in law, W.C. (Dub) Dallas.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Violet Dallas; brother, James Dutton; brothers in law, Warren Oglesby and Don Price; niece, Pam Casburn and sisters in law, JoAnn Kaelin Jones and Mary Jane Wiseman.

A special thank you to the VA for their care and kindness and to Lori and Kevin Gooch at Father’s Heart Ministries in Johnston City for their care for Bill for 10 months.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, October 24, 2020 at 12pm at Aldersgate Methodist Church in Marion with Pastor Lance Leeds officiating.  Military Rites will be performed by the Marion VFW with assistance from the National Guard. Burial will follow at Sunset Gardens Cemetery in Harrisburg. Visitation will be on Saturday from 10am until the time of service at the church.  Blue Funeral Home in Marion is assisting the family with arrangements.

Due to health concerns related to the COVID-19 virus, those attending the service are asked to maintain social distancing guidelines and wear a face mask. 

The family request in lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Aldersgate Methodist Church or the Marion VFW Ritual Team. Donations will be accepted at the church or Blue Funeral Home.

12 Guestbook Messages

  • Guest: H A Kelley

    From: Marion , Illinois

    Date: October 21, 2020

    Condolences to the family.

  • Guest: Clarke and Jeane Deacon

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: October 21, 2020

    Rita, so sorry for your loss. He was quite a guy.
    Clarke and Jeane

  • Guest: Kay Ferris

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: October 21, 2020

    I’m so glad that I was able to meet & spend time with Bill! He was always so nice to everybody! A fine man! All our love to family!
    Tom and Kay Ferris

  • Guest: Sherry & Greg Starrick

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: October 21, 2020

    Rita our deepest sympathy from both Greg and I. He was one of the nicest men we had the pleasure of associating with both at Church and basketball games. We will continue to lift you and the entire family in prayer.

  • Guest: Joyce and Donna Bragee

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: October 21, 2020

    When the Lord calls our loved ones home, he leaves a gift of memories in exchange. We are sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.

  • Guest: Sloane Menzie Payne

    From: Owensboro , Kentucky

    Date: October 21, 2020

    Julie I’m so sorry for your loss your Dad was a very nice and kind hearted man I’m sending you and your family loads of Prayers 🙏🙏🙏God Bless you!!!

  • Guest: Cari and Linda Thompson

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: October 23, 2020

    Rita my deepest condolences to the family. Bill was such a fun loving man. He left his mark when you met him. He will be missed by many. Our prayers are with you and his entire family. God bless you all.

  • Guest: Uncle Larry and Aunt Lynn

    From: Hagerstown, Mary, Illinois

    Date: October 23, 2020

    Julie and Brent,
    So sorry for our loss. Your Dad was a
    great brother. He was always there for his family as well as others. He will be missed.

  • Guest: Lori Johnson

    From: Evansville, Indiana

    Date: October 25, 2020

    Rita, Julie, Brent, and family,

    So sorry we were not able to make it to the funeral for Uncle Bill. So many memories and special times remembered. Our love is with you as you go forward in this new time in your life.

    Mom is missing her brother. One of my favorite stories she tells is when she visited him in El Paso when he was in the service.

    We’ll be in touch.

    Lori Oglesby Johnson and family
    Aline Oglesby
    Mark Oglesby

  • Guest: Charlie Veteto

    From: , Illinois

    Date: October 27, 2020

    So sorry for your loss. I worked with Bill for 4 years before he retired. Bill was the most knowledgeable claims adjuster I have ever worked with. He was always willing to share his knowledge and help others. He will be missed.

  • Guest: Tim Mate

    From: Chatham, Illinois

    Date: October 29, 2020

    We are so sorry to hear of Bills passing. He was wonderful to work with and always kept a good sense of humor. We will keep the Dutton family on our prayers.

  • Guest: Shannon and Gene Sullins

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: October 30, 2020

    Rita, Sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Please let us know what you may need now and in the future.