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William Hazelton

January 29, 1944 — October 19, 2018

William Hazelton

William E. Hazelton

Age 74 of Wilmington, passed away Friday evening, October 19, 2018 at his home.

Born January 29, 1944 in Morris, Illinois, William Ernest was a son of Ernest and Ursula (Korelc) Hazelton. He was a graduate of Wilmington High School with the Class of 1962, and went on to marry Kathleen Marie Quigley in St. Patrick Catholic Church in Wilton Center on August 22, 1964. Together Bill and Kathleen made their home and raised their family in Florence Township.

Bill farmed his entire life, and owned and operated Hazelton Trucking for more than 45 years. He retired from Teamsters Local #179 and continued to enjoy raising cattle. He attended both St. Patrick Catholic Church in Wilton Center, as well as St. Rose Catholic Church in Wilmington, and was a member of the Wilmington Moose Lodge #241. Bill was meticulous in maintaining his property, and took great pride in his home. In his free time, he restored old cars and tractors, and was a fan of auto racing. Bill enjoyed spending time with his Monday night friends, but most of all cherished the time he spent with his family and grandkids.

Survivors include his son Dave Hazelton (Tammy Kahler) and daughter Diane (Glen) Earls, both of Wilmington; six grandchildren: Mitch Hazelton, Steffanie Hazelton, Jake Hazelton, Jessica Kahler, Ben Hainline and Will Hainline; one great granddaughter, Stella; one sister Carole Hazelton of Joliet; his sister-in-law, Rosemary (Richard) Pickles of St. Germain, Wisconsin; one nephew Michael Pickles of Los Angeles, California, and numerous cousins and friends, as well as his longtime friend, Gary Burmaster, who was also like a brother.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, and his wife Kathleen (March 22, 2012).

The family will receive friends for a visitation on Thursday, October 25, 2018 between the hours of 3:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. at Baskerville Funeral Home, 700 East Kahler Road in Wilmington. Funeral services will follow Friday morning at 10:00 a.m. in St. Rose Catholic Church, 604 South Kankakee Street in Wilmington. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated with Reverend Sebastian Gargol presiding.

Burial will be in Mount Olivet Catholic Cemetery in Wilmington, where Bill will be laid to rest with his wife Kathleen. Pallbearers will be: Mitch Hazelton, Jake Hazelton, Ben Hainline, Will Hainline, Bill Long and John Long.

Preferred memorials may be made as gifts in Bill’s memory to Kuzma Care Cottage, 635 South Main Street, Wilmington, Illinois 60481 or Hospice of Kankakee Valley, 482 Main Street NW, Bourbonnais, Illinois 60414 (

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Funeral services and arrangements have been made under the direction and care of Baskerville Funeral Home in Wilmington. ( 815-476-2181 )

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