Bill was born Aug. 1, 1922, the son of Ollie and Mary Alice (Brown) Head.
Bill was honorably discharged from the United States Navy. Following serving for his country, he was a first class machinist. He also was a bulldozer operator at Amax Coal Mine where he retired. Bill married the love of his life Lenora Jean Powell, who precedes him in death.
Bill was a Past Master of Masonic Lodge 597 in Center Point and a Past Master of the Clay City Masonic Lodge, where he was a thirty-three degree Scottish Rite.
He is a member of the Eagle Lodge 274 where he was the oldest lodge member to date. He was also a life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars #1127 and American Legion.
In his free time, Bill enjoyed camping, fishing, spending time at the different lodges where he would play cards, bingo and dance to music.
Bill is preceded in death by his wife Lenora Jean Head, parents Ollie and Mary Head, brother Jack Head and sisters Evelyn Moore and Agnes Archer.
He is survived by his daughters Patricia "Patty" Welch and husband Larry, Brazil, Mary Beth Walls and husband Bill, Coatsville, son Bill Head and wife Paula Sue, Ocala, Fla., grandchildren Christopher Shawn Welch, Travis Michael Eldridge, and Chad Michael Head and wife Jayme, as well as several great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, friends and extended family members.
Services will be Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, at 1 p.m., at French Funeral Home with Pastor Ernie Rush officiating.
Burial will follow at Calcutta Cemetery, where military honors will be presented.
Masonic Rights will take place at the funeral home during the service.
Visitation will be Saturday, from 11 a.m., until time of service at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Shriners Hospital, 2001 S Lindbergh Blvd, St Louis, Mo., 63131.
Visit www.frenchfuneralhome.com to light a candle in his remembrance.