Wilford (Bill) Wayne Crackel, 72 of Decatur passed away peacefully at his residence, Sunday February 7, 2016,
with his family by his side.
Funeral service to celebrate Bill’s life will be 10:00 a.m. Friday February 12, 2016 at West Decatur Church of God
(4500 West Main Decatur, IL. 62522) with Pastor Jim Baldwin officiating. Visitation will be 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Thursday at the church. Burial will be in Graceland Cemetery with Military Honors by the Navy. Memorials may be
made to the Macon County Honor Guard. Tanzyus-Logan Funeral Service and Care is in charge of the
arrangements. Please sign the family guestbook at www.TLCelebratingeverylife.com
Bill was born in September of 1943 in Browns, Illinois son of Harold and Virginia O'Dell. Bill was a Pre-Algebra
and Algebra teacher at Mt. Zion Junior High School for thirty-three years. He held a Masters of Arts in Education
Administration, was active with the Student Council, Algebra Dance, Math Counts, and “Smoke Signals”, the School
Newspaper at Mt. Zion Jr. High. He sponsored school trips to Washington D.C. and New York City. Bill was a Boy
Scout Troop Leader, Troop 25, at the Grace United Methodist Church. He served in the U. S. Navy 1962 through
Surviving are his wife, Bobetta (Bobbie) Crackel, son, Wilford (Billy) Crackel II and wife(Angela), daughter,
Courtney Dick and husband (David), son, Jonathan Franklin and wife (Christina), grandchildren, Talia Constant
(fiance’ Aaron Beshears), Wilford (Ford) Crackel III, Brexton, Kylar and McKinnley Dick, Nora Franklin, great-
granddaughter, Emmeline Yvangela Beshears, brother, Kim Crackel and wife (Susan), sister, Clyda Ogle, sister-n-
law, Louann Davis, father-in-law, Robert Davis.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Ronald Crackel, brother-in-law, Dennis Ogle, mother-in-law,
Jean (Sunderland) Davis.
Our family would like to thank the nurses and Doctors at St. Mary’s hospital and the Cancer Care Center of Decatur,
and the Decatur Memorial Hospice Nurses for their exceptional and personal care of Dad.
We would like to extend a very heartfelt thank you to Peggy Cecil, who was always compassionate and patient and
provided unparalleled care and support for dad and our family.