William E. Dautrich

August 23, 1943July 17, 2020

William E. Dautrich, 76, of East Ridge, TN passed away Friday, July 17, 2020. He was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church and retired from Norfolk Southern Railway after 40 years of service. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Barbara Dautrich; son, William E. Dautrich, Jr. and his wife, Colette; Daughter, Cathy Parks and her husband, Mitchell; four grandchildren, Dreiten, Christian, Caleb and Cameron; brother, Charles Dautrich, Jr.; two nieces, Lori Dautrich and Lisa Adcock. There will be a private family service with Pastor Chris Sheets officiating followed by cremation. Arrangements are by the East Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, 404 South Moore Road, East Ridge, TN. Please share your thoughts and memories at


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Jim Kemp

July 30, 2020

I was saddened to hear of Bill's passing. He and I only met a few times over the years during my trips to Chattanooga but our phone conversations in between about our shared hobby made it seem like no time at all had passed. I enjoyed every minute of it. He was a fine person, always willing to share his knowledge and help in any way that he could. I know he was having a difficult time now he's at peace with the Lord. God Bless the Dautrich Family.


July 28, 2020

I was late learning about Bill's Passing.
Bill and I worked together for several years at Southern Railway's Freight Claims Department at 1301 Market St., Chattanooga.
Bill was a very good friend to me. Always willing and eager to help others. He was fun to be around. He could be very serious or be very funny with his dry sense of humor. I will miss him very much and I know all who knew him will also.
My sympathy goes out to Barbara and all the Dautrich family.
I will be praying for God's strength and His Calming Hand to bring you peace and comfort during this difficult time.
Love, Hal Pierce


July 20, 2020

Family and friends were important to you. You were always willing to help others or just listen and give good advice. I will miss our conversations and time together. However, I know you now reside with God and are whole again. I love you Pop and you will be missed, but will live in my heart daily. Bill Jr.

Cy Yarborough

July 20, 2020

Bill was a very good friend for many years at the Southern Railway Freight Claim Dept. office in Chattanooga. In addition to being a genuinely fine person his wit and humor was unsurpassed. He will be sorely missed by the few of us left who worked with him at Southern Railway as well as by anyone else who knew him.

Suzie Sehr

July 20, 2020

Bill was like the brother I never had. We had so much fun when we were kids out at the farm. He will be sadly missed... Nita Knable Backherms

Reid Walker

July 19, 2020

Bill was my oldest friend, we shared a lot of good memories together. My sympathy goes to Barbara and family.