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“Bill was a wonderful man who will be missed. Our sympathies to all the family. Love, Ruth and Bill Barg ”
1 of 24 | Posted by: Bill and Ruth Barg and Family - CA

“I remember 30 years ago when I bought hay from the Hamerlincks, telling Keith that if they ever needed any help bailing to just give me a call. This...Read More »
2 of 24 | Posted by: Dan Collin - Orion, IL

“Dear Bernice and Family' We would like to offer our sincere condolences on Bill's passing. Whenever I think of Bill, I think of the man who always...Read More »
3 of 24 | Posted by: Bob and Sandy DeSchinckel - IL

“Please accept my sincere condolences on Bill's passing. I have very fond memories of Bill, Bernice and Family. As our American relatives you were...Read More »
4 of 24 | Posted by: PETER DWAIN DANIEL

“Just wanting to express our condolences to our american cousins on the passing of Bill Hamerlink. Dad and mom were down many times and...Read More »
5 of 24 | Posted by: Mary lou Daniel and Bob Wynia and family

“To The Hamerlinck Family : We were saddened to hear about the loss of your dad. He truely was a great man and friend to all. We send our...Read More »
6 of 24 | Posted by: Denise and David Muse - colona, IL

“God be with you. God Bless. ”
7 of 24 | Posted by: Stephanie Reed - Coal Valley, IL

“We extend our deepest heartfelt sympathy at this difficult time to the entire Hamerlinck family. Bill was a great person & always had a smlie on his...Read More »
8 of 24 | Posted by: Wally & Diane Ladewig - Orion, IL

“Dear Bernice and Family, My deepest sympathy in the loss of Bill. Junior and I always enjoyed the time we spend with you and Bill. I wish you...Read More »
9 of 24 | Posted by: Shirley Daniel

“Our deepest sympathy to all of you. Your dad Bill and you Bernice created many happy memories for us of our many holidays down south and of your...Read More »
10 of 24 | Posted by: Lana Daniel Regina, Saskatchewan

“My thoughts and prayers to you all. I know how special "Uncle Bill" was to our famliy and I can only hope my grandparents were there to meet him...Read More »
11 of 24 | Posted by: Kelly "Massa" Humphrey - Moline, IL

“Bill is truely missed and he was a great guy. He is up in heaven looking down us all making sue we are all safe. Rest in Peace Uncle Bill ”
12 of 24 | Posted by: Julie Hamerlinck Wheaton - Moline, IL

“We are sad to hear about your loss. We want you to know that we are keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers at this time of sorrow. Bill and his...Read More »
13 of 24 | Posted by: Theress and Steve Owens - IL

“Our deepest sympathy to the entire Hamerlink family. ”
14 of 24 | Posted by: Ken, Cheryl, Sara, Tami and Tom Clifton - IL

“My Sympathy to Bea, her grand daughter Carrie and the entire family. I will miss his smile, his teasing and our conversations. ”
15 of 24 | Posted by: N. Diericx - IL

“Sorry to hear of Bill' s passing . Our prayers go out to you all ”
16 of 24 | Posted by: Annette Stevenson

“It is with a heavy heart I write this, I am so sorry for your loss, I have great memories of UNCLE BILL & AUNT BERNICE AND THE ENTIRE HAMERLINK...Read More »
17 of 24 | Posted by: cindy massa - coalvalley, IL

“My sympathy to the entire Hamerlinck Family on Bill's death. From the time I came to Henry County, I always considered Bill a friend. May God...Read More »
18 of 24 | Posted by: Walt Schuttler - Coal Valley, IL

“You have our sympathy in the loss of U. Bill! He had a great life with awesome kids and wife and grandkids and great-grands! We know you will miss...Read More »
19 of 24 | Posted by: Jan and Steve Dixon - Matherville, IL

“A great man who will be missed.I loved that guy. ”
20 of 24 | Posted by: Ian MacCannell - Rock Island, IL

“My Uncle Bill will always hold a special place in my heart. The memories of our family's times together growing up are some of my favorites.I...Read More »
21 of 24 | Posted by: Connie[Olson] Baker - Muskegon, MI

“I'm so very sorry to hear of Mr. Hamerlinck's passing. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. ”
22 of 24 | Posted by: Michelle Smith - Orion, IL

“I leave my condolences to the hamerlink family its a sad time 4 u all...... god bless u all ”
23 of 24 | Posted by: donovan roach - geneseo, IL

24 of 24 | Posted by: AL VERBEKE - ROCKWALL, TX

William R. "Bill" Hamerlinck, age 88, formerly of Orion, died Saturday, August 25, 2012 at Hillcrest Home, Geneseo.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 a.m. Thursday, August 30, 2012 at Mary, Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church, 1402-10th Street, Orion. Visitation is 2:00-4:00 p.m. and 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Wednesday at the church with a rosary at 1:30 p.m. prior to the visitation. Burial is at Western Township Cemetery, Orion. Memorials may be made to Mary, Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church Building Fund. Kirk, Huggins & Esterdahl Funeral Home, Ltd. Orion is assisting the family.

Bill was born December 12, 1923 in Milan, the son of Julius A. and Emily M (Gripp) Hamerlinck. He married Bernice Curry on June 15, 1946 at St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Milan.

Bill farmed his entire life in the Orion area. He moved into town in 1974, but still continued to farm. Bill was a charter member of Mary, Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church. He was also a member of the Henry County Farm Bureau, and was a trustee on the Orion Village board. Besides working, he also loved playing cards and was a huge Cubs fan.

Wife Bernice Hamerlinck
Children Gary (Deb) Hamerlinck Geneseo
Jim (Nancy P.) Hamerlinck Coal Valley
Keith (Nancy L.) Hamerlinck Cleveland, IL
Mary (Don) Morris Orion
Tom (Tammy) Hamerlinck Cambridge
19 grandchildren, several great grandchildren

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Fred, John, Joe, George, Clarence, Robert and baby Earl; sisters, Dorothy DeSchepper, Stella Verbeck and Louella Fredell; grandchildren, Matthew and Tony; and great granddaughter, Faith.

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