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“I send out my heartfelt prayers and love. I am thankful at this time of year for the love that Bill always showed me and the wonderful family he...Read More »
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“Bill Newell was a man's man. A gentleman in every way. A wise, thoughtful man whose patience and ability to think things through astounded me. ...Read More »
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“Dear Rose Mary and family, Please accept my sympathy and prayers, on reading of the death of Bill last November. I know this is late, but I do not...Read More »
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William E. Newell, 83, of Sterling, passed away on Monday, Nov. 26, 2012, at CGH Hospital in Sterling.

He was born July 23, 1929, in Sterling, the eldest son of Lester and Ethel (Bowman) Newell. He attended St. Mary's Catholic Community High School. He was accepted into St. Ambrose College on a full football scholarship and received a B.S. in Biology upon graduation in 1951. He also obtained his Master of Science in Management from the University of Colorado in 1966. He married his high school sweetheart, Rose Mary Droste, on Dec. 29, 1952.

Bill entered the Air Force in 1952 and was a 25-year Air Force Fighter Pilot. He was a decorated veteran of the Korean and Vietnam wars. He retired as a Colonel in 1976 where he had over 90 combat missions over North Vietnam.

After his retirement from the USAF, Bill returned to Sterling with his family and was hired as a Senior Executive reporting to the President of National Manufacturers where he worked for 19 years helping National expand its business. He helped implement the Scanlon Plan for employee bonuses and supervised the construction of all four of the Rock Falls Shipping and Operations Plant buildings. Bill retired from National in 1995. Bill remained an active Pilot and served 16 years on the Board of Directors for the Whiteside County Airport Board where he made numerous contributions to the growth and development of the airport. He also served on the school board for St. Mary's School and Newman Central Catholic High School.

Bill was a loving husband and devoted father to his 10 children. In retirement, Bill and Rose Mary enjoyed spending time at home and visiting with the grandchildren.

Surviving are his wife of 60 years, Rose Mary, seven sons and three daughters; Paul (Penny) Newell, Kathy (Edward) Conway, Terry (Kim) Newell, Kevin Newell (Cindy Bulka), Tim Newell (Miles Kalina), Peter (Lisa) Newell, Karen (Ed) Groleau, Colleen (Steve) Butts, Chuck (Michelle) Newell and John (Bethany) Newell. He is also survived by 11 grandsons, 6 granddaughters and 2 great grandsons. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother Robert.

Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Friday at McDonald Funeral Home, 1002 12th Avenue in Rock Falls, with a rosary service at 4:30 p.m. Celebration of the Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday at 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church with Rev. James R. Keenan officiating. Private burial with military honors will follow at Calvary Cemetery.

A memorial has been established in his memory to St. Mary's Grade School, Newman Central Catholic High School or the Sterling PADS Shelter.
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