October 10, 1955 – December 14, 2019
Bil Musgrave of Chandler, Indiana died peacefully on the evening of December 14, 2019. He was born on October 10, 1955, in Evansville, IN to Billy Lee Musgrave, Sr. and Janice Derrington. He is survived by his parents; wife of 42 years, Kim (Zimmer) Musgrave, son, Marshall Musgrave, daughter, Nina Musgrave and son-in-love, Ian Hooper, and three wonderful grandchildren, Cade Daniel Musgrave, Lillian Lynne Musgrave, and Corbin Alexander Musgrave.
Bil was truly a Labor Activist. He was a 42 year member of United Mine Workers of America Local 1189 and worked at the Squaw Creek Coal Mine in Warrick County, Indiana. He served on the COMPAC committee and was an active retiree. He was often the Bus Captain on trips to rallies fighting for workers’ rights and legislation. Bil was a Labor Day Association delegate and could be found at our local Labor Day celebration every year. He served on the Board of Directors of The Labor Institute For Training (LIFT) since its inception.
He founded the business, American Advertising, in 1988 and was proud to sell American and Union made items to Locals and organizations around the world. He was honored to stand in solidarity and fight corporate greed with any and all of his Union brothers and sisters. He was a certified Trouble Maker from Labor Notes for his warrior efforts to promote the labor movement.
Bil was never afraid to speak out for what is right and was a strong voice for the environment. Bil & Kim battled Alcoa for over a decade regarding toxic chemicals and waste dumped at Squaw Creek. He was honored with the Hoosier Environmental Award from the Hoosier Environmental Council and founded the Alliance for Clean Rural Environment (ACRE) to promote environmental justice in our community.
Bil took pride in being a 3rd generation member of the Chandler Volunteer Fire Department (CVFD), where he served for 47 years. He was truly dedicated both to the Department and to his community. While on the CVFD, he served as Chief, Assistant Chief, Captain, Assistant Captain and President. He was involved in training, equipment procurement, communications and technology, and recruitment of members. He started the first newsletter and energetically responded to service runs at all hours of the day and night.
He was 30-year member of the Masonic Lodge in Boonville, IN, - Strangers Rest Lodge #240. He was an avid Harley rider, a 35-year member of ABATE, and enjoyed being a Snow Bird in Florida. Fishing on his pontoon boat was a favorite pastime of his. He was passionate about spending time with his grandkids and experiencing new things with them by his side.
Bil left a large footprint wherever he went and all who loved him will miss his spirit. He was a man of great passion, courage, conviction, integrity, and unapologetic directness. He never lost faith in the necessity of the Good Fight. We were lucky to have him as long as we did, and the family hopes you will join them for the following visitation and services:
** All services are open to the public ** Services will be held at Alexander Funeral Home in Newburgh, IN **
Friday, December 20, 2019 Open Visitation: 2:00pm-8:00pm United Mine Workers of America Memorial Service: 7:00pm
Saturday, December 21, 2019 Open Visitation: 2:00pm-8:00pm Strangers Rest Lodge #240, Masonic Memorial Service: 6:00pm Indiana Volunteer Firefighters Association Memorial Service: 7:00pm
Sunday, December 22, 2019 Open Visitation: 12:00pm Memorial Service: 1:00pm Tribute Procession from Alexander Funeral Home, through Newburgh, Boonville, to Greenwood Cemetery, Chandler, IN: Departs at 2:15pm Graveside Service and Last Call at Greenwood Cemetery, Chandler, IN: 3:00pm Bereavement Dinner immediately following, provided by Chandler Volunteer Fire Department, at Chandler Community Center: 3:30pm
Memorial gifts can be made to the Chandler Volunteer Fire Department in Chandler, IN or the Gift of Life Transplant House in Rochester, MN.
- Visitation at Alexander Newburgh Chapel Friday, December 20, 2019
- United Mine Workers of America Memorial Service Friday, December 20, 2019
- Visitation at Alexander Newburgh Chapel Saturday, December 21, 2019
- Strangers Rest Lodge #240 Masonic Memorial Service Saturday, December 21, 2019
- Indiana Volunteer Firefighters Association Saturday, December 21, 2019
- Visitation at Alexander Newburgh Chapel Sunday, December 22, 2019
- Memorial Service at Alexander Newburgh Chapel Sunday, December 22, 2019
- Tribute Procession Sunday, December 22, 2019
- Graveside Service at Greenwood Cemetery Sunday, December 22, 2019
- Bereavement Dinner Sunday, December 22, 2019
December 23, 2019
Mike and I send our condolences to Kim and family. We knew Bil since he was in grade school. He was a wonderful, caring man and we were so lucky to have known him. We will miss him so much.
December 18, 2019
With utmost respect. He was a good and honest man. GOD speed.
December 18, 2019
Bil was not afraid of anything, even Goliath. He was an admirable man in every way. My sincerest sympathies to Kim, Nina and his entire family. May his memory be eternal.
December 18, 2019
Dear Marshall, you and your family are in my prayers. I am saddened by your loss.
James & Angela Wooten
December 18, 2019
So glad we came to Deland last winter to visit and eat oysters. Billy we love you and Kim, We are blessed to have you guys in our life. You always had a positive attitude about life, great sense of humor, will miss you my friend, but you will never be forgotten. Thoughts and prayers to the family. God bless
December 17, 2019
Bill is a wonderful man,A man whom has a meaningful purposeful life to make this world a better place for our children and mankind.
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