William ‘Bill’ Benton McCurdy
Oct. 15, 1940 — Oct. 20, 2017
William “Bill” Benton McCurdy, age 77, of Janesville, went to be with his Heavenly Father on October 20, 2017. His trust and joy in the Lord allowed him to show such great devotion and love to his family. Although he will be greatly missed, his faith and gentle presence gave joy to all he met. His words of wisdom will echo through his family and friends for generations to come.
Bill was born in Milwaukee on October 15, 1940, to Mary and John McCurdy. He married the love of his life, Jeanette Melitz, on October 31, 1986. Bill and Jeanette moved from Appleton to Janesville in 2014 to be close to family. Bill was a jack-of-all-trades; he loved to learn new skills and took on new challenges head-on in the workplace. He enjoyed his long tenure with AT& T before retiring in 2011. He and his wife were active members of their church and community, both in Janesville and Appleton.
Bill is survived by his wife, Jeanette, of Janesville; his children, who he was so proud of, son Eric McCurdy of St. Louis, Mo.; Craig (Caitlin) McCurdy of Aurora, Colo.; Lisa McCurdy of Mukwonago; Natalie McCurdy of Aurora, Colo.; and Ian McCurdy of Oshkosh, as well as two beautiful grandchildren, who lit up his life, William and Hazel McCurdy. He is further survived by his sister, Mary McCurdy of Pewaukee, and aunt, Emily Brushe of Janesville. He is also loved and survived by cousins, nieces, nephews, friends, and members of his congregation.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Mary and John McCurdy, as well as his brother, John McCurdy.
A celebration of life ceremony will be held Saturday, October 28, at 11 a.m. at Faith Community Church, 2931 Lucerne Drive, Janesville. Visitation will be 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday before the ceremony.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Bill’s name to Faith Community Church Cares Ministry or Heartland Hospice, Rockford, Ill. Bill’s wife and children would like to say a special thank-you to the Heartland Hospice team who were truly angels during his time at home. Also, a thank you to the wonderful doctors and nurses at UW Hospital who provided the best care possible.