William Howard “Bill” Bean, 98, of Geneseo, died Friday, July 28, 2017, surrounded by his family at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, in Peoria. Per his wishes, cremation rites have been accorded. A celebration of Bill’s life will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16 at First Congregational Church, in Geneseo. Memorials may be made to First Congregational Church, in Geneseo; or to the Mayo Clinic for the benefit of the cardiac surgery department, in Rochester, Minn. Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, in Geneseo, is assisting the family with arrangements.

William Howard “Bill” Bean, 98, of Geneseo, died Friday, July 28, 2017, surrounded by his family at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, in Peoria. Per his wishes, cremation rites have been accorded. A celebration of Bill’s life will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16 at First Congregational Church, in Geneseo. Memorials may be made to First Congregational Church, in Geneseo; or to the Mayo Clinic for the benefit of the cardiac surgery department, in Rochester, Minn. Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, in Geneseo, is assisting the family with arrangements.

Bill was born Aug. 28, 1918, in Rock Falls, the son of Clare Lavern and Lora Ellen (Downey) Bean. When he was 3, his family moved to Geneseo. He graduated from Geneseo High School in 1936 and served in the Army Air Corps during World War II. He played the tuba and bass drum in the Maple City Band and sang in the First Congregational Church choir for more than 75 years. On June 7, 1946, he married the love of his life, Eunice P. Smallwood, at First Congregational Church, in Geneseo. Bill worked at the Farmer’s National Bank, retiring in 1984, as a vice president. He was the last surviving founding member of the Geneseo Rotary Club, and served in that organization for many years. He loved music and he and Eunice took the family to the Quad City Symphony concerts regularly. He was a devoted Christian and faithfully served his church. Bill and Eunice loved camping and traveled with their family all over the United States and Canada.

Survivors include his sister, Carol Maplethorpe, of Antioch; his brother, James (Hedi) Bean, of Audubon, Penn.; daughters, Sue Fuelling, of Gaylord, Mich.; and Carol (Gregg) Neuleib, of Geneseo; sons, John (Vicky) Bean, of Geneseo; and David (Ann Li) Bean, of Morrison; grandchildren, Andrew DeGroot; Jennifer (Brian) Williams; Peter Neuleib; Mary Bean (Marco Penaloza); William (Brittany) Bean; Arthur (Rachele) Neuleib; and Laura Li Bean; great-grandchildren, Jonathan and Logan Williams, Carter Neuleib, Arya and Eden Bean, and Tristan and Rylan Neuleib; his sisters-in-law, Manie Jeckel, Carol “Penny” Bean and Dorothy Bean; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Eunice; his brothers, Herbert and Paul Bean; brothers-in-law, Charles Maplethorpe, John V. Smallwood and Ed Jeckel; sister-in-law, Jean Bean; son-in-law, Larry Fuelling; and nephews, Lawrence Bean and Richard Bean.