William “Bill” H. Blaeuer, 84, of Litchfield, IL passed away, due to Covid-19, on Thursday, January 14, 2021, at 7:30 a.m., at Montgomery Nursing & Rehab Center in Taylor Springs, IL.Private services will be held and burial will be in St. Maurice Cemetery in Morrisonville, IL.Toberman-Dean Funeral Home, in Coffeen, IL, is in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Blaeuer was born on September 26, 1936, in Carlinville, IL, to the late William H. & Velma V. (Niehaus) Blaeuer. He married Lizbeth Ann Grayson, on May 22, 1984, in Odessa, FL.
Bill was a pioneer on development teams that worked with the introduction of semiconductor integrated circuits boards. In the early 1960’s he was involved in the designs of the digital watch, digital calculators and the dollar bill changer. After having his weekends annoyingly interrupted to repair the original trial machines of the dollar bill changers, Bill transferred to the sales side of the business. He continued in sales in the field, living in Hong Kong in the mid 1970’s, finally retiring from Cypress Engineering in 1995 as district sales manager.
Bill served in the Missouri Air Force National Guard as 2nd Lieutenant. He was raised in the Catholic faith and was a member of the Knights of Columbus. He was a lifelong absolute avid St. Louis Cardinal fan. In his younger years, he had a dual engine cabin cruiser boat. Summer weekends were spent cruising the Mississippi river on various trips from St. Louis down to New Orleans and back. He belonged to an international snow ski club, traveling to the Swiss Alps and other skiing locations.
Bill loved the outdoors and nature. Retiring to the North Carolina Smokey Mountains with his wife Liz, he designed his retirement home. There they raised Foundation Quarter horses, invested in real estate and enjoyed the beautiful mountains. Upon retirement, he officially put away his business suit and tie, trading it in for jeans and t-shirt and grew a long mountain man type beard. One day he found himself surrounded by FBI agents pointing guns at him. He had been mistaken for a fugitive, with a long beard, hiding in that area of the Smokey Mountains.
Bill’s wonderful stories and laughter will be sadly missed by his sister, Mary Kay Sinclair (Mary Howard) of Coffeen, IL; niece, Ann Sinclair (Riet van Ingen) of New Berlin, IL; niece-in-law, Christine Sinclair of Litchfield, IL; great nieces, Alisha Sinclair Heyen (Tyler) of Raymond, IL & Emily Sinclair Reck (Andrew) of Litchfield, IL and great-great nieces, Eleanor Heyen and Charlie Reck. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two nephews, David Clark Sinclair and William “Bill” Davis Sinclair and brother-in-law, James Sinclair.
Memorials may be directed to Holy Family Parish in Litchfield, IL or Paws Care, Inc. in Hillsboro, IL
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