He was born in Du Quoin, Ill., Aug., 24, 1924, to Evan and Evelyn (Teney) LeMay.
Prior to graduating from Brazil High School he enlisted in the United States Navy. During his four-year Navy career he was deployed on a submarine unit. Following his return home from WWII, he married Norma Crabb on June 22, 1946. Bill worked in maintenance for IBM for 32 years. He was a lifetime member of the Epworth United Methodist Church, 50-year member of the Masonic Lodge No. 264 and the Scottish Rite, American Legion, Lions Club, IBM Club, and the Friendly Squares Square Dance Club. He also enjoyed farming, bowling, hunting, mushroom hunting, and most of all spending time with his family.
He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Maxine, Elizabeth and Margaret, beloved In-Laws Harley (Dutch) and Mary Crabb, brother-in-law Don Crabb, sister-in-law Beatrice (Crabb) Embry.
Survivors include his wife of 62 years Norma LeMay, daughter Billie Jo Crabb and husband Bill, granddaughter Leandra (Crabb) Meredith and husband Mike, great-grandsons Damon and Hayden, great-granddaughter Chloe, special nephew Tim Schurick and wife Chris, beloved uncle of several nieces, nephews and extended family members.
Services will be at French Funeral Home Monday Aug. 4, 2008, at 10 a.m., with Revs. Greg Puttmann and Tim Voll officiating. Burial will follow at Clearview Cemetery with military graveside rites. Visitation will be at the funeral home Sunday from 4-8 p.m., with a military walkthrough at 7:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Epworth United Methodist Church. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Visit www.frenchfuneralhome.com to sign a heart of condolence.