Billy L. “Bill” Hesler, 59, 614 E. LaPorte St., Plymouth, died at 9:18 a.m., after an extensive battle with cancer, on Friday, February 16, 2001, in St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, Plymouth.
A South Bend and Plymouth area resident all of his life, Bill was born in Clinton, IN, on August 20, 1941. He was the son of George W. and Frances A. Jacks Hesler. He attended Riley High School in South Bend.
On April 14, 2000, in Plymouth, Bill and Linda L. Samuels were married.
He had been a dispatcher for the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department since 1984. Prior to that, he worked in the Asbestos Workers Local #75 in South Bend.
A former member of the Plymouth Jaycees, he was a member of the Plymouth Eagles, Moose and the Marshall County F.O.P. Lodges.
He was a NASCAR auto racing fan.
Bill enjoyed being with his fifteen grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife, Linda and his son, William and Cosette Hesler, Van Couver, Washington. Three step-daughters also survive. They are: Amy and Ted Rotering, Govertown, Ind., Kandi and Ray Trump, Argos, Ind., and Angela and Brian Evans, Plymouth. A step-son, Scott and Carmel Samuels, Argos, also survive.
A sister, Marka and Jack Jackson, North Liberty, and a brother, Jerry and Beth Hesler, South Bend, and several nieces and nephews survive as well.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Jack, and a sister, Arlene McQueen.
Visitation with the family will be from 2 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, February 18, 2001, in the Johnson-Danielson Funeral Home, 1100 N. Michigan, St., Plymouth, and for one hour on Monday at the Plymouth Wesleyan Church, prior to the funeral services.
At 8 p.m. on Sunday evening, members of the Moose Lodge #741 will conduct a Moose Ritual in Bill’s memory.
The funeral services in the Plymouth Wesleyan Church, 11203 S. Michigan St. will take place at 11 a.m. on Monday, February 19, 2001, and will be officiated by the Rev. Fred Stayton, pastor of the North Liberty United Methodist Church.
Burial will be in New Oakhill Cemetery, Plymouth.
Memorial gifts in Bill’s memory may be made to the Marshall County Cancer Association.