William L. “Bill” York

Published 8:54 am Tuesday, September 5, 2017

William L. “Bill” York


William L. “Bill” York 86, of Danville, Kentucky, formerly of Calhoun died Wednesday, August 30, 2017 at Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center in Danville. William Lee York was born May 11, 1931 in Calhoun, Kentucky to the late William Gates and Roberta Lee King York and was married to the former Isabella “Rita” Martin Mattocks October 16, 1954. 

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Bill was a devoted husband, father, and Papa to his loved ones. Bill served for five years active duty in the U.S. Air Force as a Staff Sargent in the 3rd Air Postal Squadron, based in the United Kingdom, receiving the National Defense Service and Good Conduct Medals. He worked at Holder Motor Company in Calhoun for 30 years and for Green Coal Company for 11 years, before moving to Danville with his wife, Rita, to be closer to their grandson. While living in Danville, he worked for 9 years for the Kentucky Department of Parks at Constitution Square Park State Historic Site.

Bill served on the Calhoun City Council for 8 years, the Calhoun Christian Church Board for 10 years, as Secretary for the Sunday School for 13 years and as Sunday School Superintendent for 3 years. He was a charter member of the Calhoun Jaycees and a member of the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels. He was a passionate fan of the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team for over 70 years, as well as a lifelong University of Kentucky Fan. He also enjoyed coaching Little League baseball and Junior Pro basketball teams and more recently was an avid fan of his grandchildren’s athletic activities. In addition to his parents, Bill was preceded in death by his beloved wife of more than 61 years, Rita York, who died January 24, 2016.

Survivors include one daughter, Yvonne (Joe) Morley of Danville; a son, Joe (Jennifer) York of Johns Creek, Georgia; three grandchildren, McCallum Morley, Gates York, and Kathryn York; and a sister, Martha Jean Alford of Owensboro.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 A.M. (CDT) Monday at Muster Funeral Homes, Calhoun Chapel with the Rev. Mike Crowe officiating. Burial will be in the Calhoun Cemetery with Military Honors conducted by the McLean County Veterans of Foreign Wars Memorial Post #5415. 

Pallbearers will be Chris Ryan, Carey Tichenor, David Tichenor, Gates Tichenor, John Tichenor, and Neil Tichenor and honorary pallbearers will be McCallum Morley, Gates York, and Kathryn York. 

Friends may visit with Bill’s family from 1:00 P.M. until 6:00 P.M. Sunday and from 9:00 A.M. until 10:00 A.M. Monday at Musters in Calhoun.

The William L. “Bill” York family requests that expressions of sympathy be made to Calhoun Christian Church, P.O. Box 67, Calhoun, Kentucky 42327 or the Danville-Boyle County Humane Society, P.O. Box 487, Danville, Kentucky 40423.

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