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William D. 'Bill' Whelchel Nov. 2, 1937 - Feb. 3, 2019

Bill was born in Marion on Nov. 2, 1937. He was the oldest of 13 children born to the late Alonzo and Gwenevere (Nall) Whelchel. He passed away in his home on Feb. 3, 2019.

Bill spent all of his life in Marion, and during his working years he was employed with Dana Corporation until his retirement in 2001. He married Celia F. Risner on May 24, 1990. Mrs. Whelchel survives. In Bill’s free time he enjoyed fishing and was an excellent raccoon hunter. He will be remembered as a wonderful husband, father and grandfather. He had a strong character and was a great man that everyone loved to be around.

He is survived by his wife, Celia F. Whelchel, Marion; children, William D. (Gina) Whelchel, Upland; Jamie D. (Tony) Maddix, Devonna I. (Robert) Gary, Todd (Angie) Reed, all of Marion; Robbie D. (Stephanie) Whelchel, Converse; Julie D. (Noel) Farrell, Citronelle, Alabama; Cathy F. Reed, Nashville, Tennessee; seven grandchildren; several great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

A private visitation, funeral and burial will be held with Dr. Thomas Mansbarger officiating in Owen-Weilert-Duncan Funeral Home, Marion Chapel, 2722 S. Washington St., Marion, Indiana. Online condolences may be made at www.owenweilertduncan.com.