He was born Oct. 10, 1925, in Vigo County, the son of Albert and Edna Campbell Talley.
He attended Riley High School before joining the U.S. Navy. He served on the U.S.S. Corwley in the South Pacific and was Honorably Discharged Sept. 28, 1945. Upon returning home he worked as a mechanic for several local car dealerships including Froderman Chevrolet, Gayle Hughes and J.D. Pollom and Sons. His primary career was working as a licensed stationary engineer for Commercial Solvents, later evolving into IMC in Terre Haute. When not working at IMC, Bill worked as a mechanic at local garages, or for family and friends. He enjoyed hunting rabbits, squirrels and mushrooms. In years following retirement, he enjoyed watching the Pacers, the Cardinals baseball and watching western movies.
On July 31, 1950, he married his sweetheart, Marjorie White. They enjoyed 57 years of marriage.
He was preceded in death by his parents and three sisters, Doris Leigh, Edith Oard and Mary Fogel.
Survivors include his wife, Marjorie Talley, Brazil, two daughters, Patricia Montgomery and husband Murry, and Bonnie Talley, all of Brazil, two grandchildren, Jeremy Montgomery and Melanie Montgomery Powell and husband Wade, one brother, George Talley, Terre Haute, two sisters, Gladys Keaton, Praireton, and Leona Taylen and husband Robert, Terre Haute, brother-in-law, Jerry White and wife, Judy, Brazil and sister-in-law, Marguerite Harden, Saline City, many nieces and nephews and a large extended family.
Services will be held Friday at 2 p.m., at French Funeral Home with Rev. Chester Hapenny officiating. Burial will follow at Summit Lawn Cemetery. Military graveside rites will be provided by the American Legion Post No. 2 and VFW No. 1127. Visitation will be Thursday from 4-8 p.m., and again Friday prior to services.
The family suggests that memorial contributions be directed to the Hospice of the Wabash Valley. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
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