William F. Lancaster, 89, of Taylorville passed away at 10:56am on Tuesday, April 19, 2016 at Life’s Journey in Taylorville.  He was born on January 9, 1927 in Bulpitt, Illinois, the son of William and Mary Hardin Lancaster.  On October 23, 1948 he married Bonita B. Butcher in Taylorville.  Bill served his country in the U.S. Navy.  Mr. Lancaster worked as an electrician for Bodine and Local 146 IBEW.  He was a member of Grace Baptist Church.  Bill had a passion for working on cars.  He helped many people over the years with their engine problems.  He also was an avid racing fan and spent many years traveling to races and working as a mechanic on the race cars.  He was known for his prized English Toffee recipe.  Bill and Bonnie had many beloved dogs over the years, and he is survived by 2: Marsha & Rhoza.


He is survived by his wife: Bonnie Lancaster of Taylorville; brother: Jim Lancaster (Lita) of Taylorville; several nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents, sister: Marilyn Lazzarini, and one nephew.


Funeral services will be held at 11:00am on Friday, April 22, 2016 at McClure Funeral Home with Pastor Gerald McPhillips officiating.  Visitation will be held one hour prior to services.  Burial will be in Glenhaven Memorial Gardens in Taylorville.  Memorials may be left to the Christian County Animal Control or Grace Baptist Church.  McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services is assisting the family with arrangements.  Memories of Bill or condolences to the family may be left online at

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