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William E. Helton

January 10, 1925November 13, 2019

Springfield, IL-William E. “Bill” Helton, 94, of Springfield, passed away at 11:56 pm Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at Cedarhurst of Springfield. He was born in Carbondale, IL, November 5, 1925 the son of Samuel and Lula Pearl (Baggett) Helton. Bill married his wife of 71 years, Lou Schumacher September 12, 1946 and she preceded him in death October 24, 2017. His parents and siblings also preceded him in death. Bill served in the United States Army Air Corp during WW II. Bill returned from service and continued his education earning his Master’s degree in Education, with additional studies completed. He began his career as a classroom teacher and then later became an administrator. He and Lou moved to Springfield and he joined the Illinois State Board of Education where he retired as the Assistant Manager of Recognition and Supervision. Bill had a passion for music and especially the acappella style of Barber Shop. He was a member of the Land of Lincoln Chorus and served as the director for many years. He was also the director of the Sweet Adeline Chorus for several years as well. He was a member of the Rochester United Methodist Church Surviving are his daughter, Gena (Frank) Sommer of Pleasant Plains, IL, his two sons; Jeff Helton and Hank (Shelley) Helton both of Springfield. There are 7 Grandchildren, Josh (Lindsey) and Joe (Debbie)Larson, Matt (Krissy) Helton, Sara Tanner and Becky (Andy) Tepavchevich, Caitlin (Matt) Scherer, and Colin (Rachel) Helton, 11 Great Grandchildren, Hannah, Elliot, Gwendolyn, Reese and Brett Larson, Logan Helton, Ethan Tanner, Will and Elle Scherer, and Maggie and Wyatt Helton, and several nieces and nephews. Cremation Rites have been accorded by the Bisch Crematory. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.bischfuneralhome.com. Those who wish may direct memorial contributions to the Foundation for Prader-Willi Research or the Alzheimer’s Association. Arrangements are in the care of Bisch Funeral Home West. 217-544-5424.


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Joe and Carol Mullen

November 21, 2019

We send sympathy and prayers to Bill’s family. We were neighbors of Bill and Lou and enjoyed many years of friendship. The conversations always turned to family; they loved you all so much. We miss them immensely, and cherish the good memories. May the Lord give you comfort.

Dale Emerson

November 15, 2019

I knew Bill over the yeas as an insurance agent and always enjoyed his smile and a word of good cheer. My prayers for his family during their time of grieving.

Steve Smith

November 15, 2019

Bill and Lou were great friends of mine as well as my whole family. As PPR Chair at Girard UMC, he was a calming voice amidst my trials dealing with severe depression in a difficult situation. I count it a blessing that I could be his Pastor as well as friend. The last time I saw Bill was at County Market with Gina. He had no idea who I was, but he was sure glad to see me and wearing that great smile. God's choir has another great singer!

Chuck Kurfman

November 15, 2019

I had the privilege of singing under the direction of Bill. I was also blessed to be able to sing in the Land of Lincoln Chorus with my father-in-law and Bill. Bill was so talented and was indeed passionate about music. My in-laws, Jack and Carol Harwood considered Bill and Lou dear friends. My wife, Amy (Harwood), has many fond memories of the Heltons. Our prayers and thoughts go out to all of the family.

Mark Scheffler

November 15, 2019

I sang in 2 different quartets with Bill in my early years as a barber shopper. He was truly an inspiration to me and my pursuit of quarteting. The barbershop world lost a good one; thank you Bill and Lou for wonderful memories.

Kent Boucher

November 15, 2019

My dad sang with Bill in the Land of Lincoln Chorus when I was young. Later, I had the privilege to sing in the chorus under his direction and sing in a comedy quartet with Bill. There were lots of fun memories with that quartet. Many include practices at Bill’s house where Lou would come out and tell us all what we were doing wrong. Of course, we would promptly go back to doing it our way once she left the room. The Barbershop community lost a great friend. Bill will be truly missed.