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Bertil "Bill" Person, MM, 81, of Stillman Valley, passed away on June 29, 2017. He was born on September 14, 1935, in Rockford, the son of Bertil F. and Astrid (Bergsten) Person. He married Arlene Baker on March 16, 1957. She passed away in February 2005. He later married Joan Gosciniak on October 18, 2008. Bill was a supervisor at Rockford Products his whole career. He served in the United States Army, was a member of Meridian Sun Lodge #505 of Holcomb, IL, Valley of Freeport Scottish Rite, Tebala Shrine, SM&SF Club, and the LLL Club. He enjoyed trapshooting, fishing, was an active outdoorsman, a retired gentleman farmer and loved raising livestock.
Survivors include wife, Joan; children, Bertil J. (Patti), Scott (Cathleen), and Dane (Gina); son-in-law, Joseph Sawallisch; grandchildren, Erik (Kelly), Joshua, Ryan, Michael (Andrea), Kelsey, Benjamin (Denise), Elizabeth, Patrick, Joseph, Lane (Sarah), Brandon, and Aaron; numerous great-grandchildren. Predeceased by his daughter, Cheryl Sawallisch.
A Masonic Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Thursday, July 6, 2017 at Fred C. Olson Chapel, 1002 2nd Ave., Rockford. Visitation will be from 9:00 to 11:00 am prior to the service at the Chapel. Memorials may be made to Tebala Shriners, for the Shriner's Hospitals for Children, 7910 Newburg Road, Rockford, IL, 61108. Burial in Arlington Memorial Park.

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  1. Denise from Scot Forge

    Scott, I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. The great memories you shared with your Dad will keep his spirit alive in your heart forever. My thoughts are with you and your family.

  2. Susan Fisher

    I'm so sorry to hear of your Dad passing. May all the wonderful memories and family help you through the difficult times. Take care.

  3. Dean Clemons

    An excellent fisherman, a great shooter and a better friend. Bill left everybody around him with a smile, a chuckle and a memory. I was lucky to be part of his life. "PULL!!"

  4. Randy and Lori Fraboni

    We are so sorry for your loss. We are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.

  5. Marty Thomas

    Brothers your all in my prayers. Your father meant alot to me. Memories for every. So blessed to have the time with him. Love you all Marty

  6. Deeny and Jo-Anne Shearer

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the whole family.

  7. Christine Rogalin

    I remember being at your dad's on a beautiful late summer day. In the evening after a wonderful smorgasbord, your dad singing and playing guitar with the boys. Some tall tale telling too.

  8. Connie Richolson Erdman

    Joan~ So sorry to hear the passing of Bill. You both were such good friends of Mom and Dad. He will be truly missed. Thoughts and prayers to you and your family. Hugs to you ... Connie Richolson Erdman

  9. Norma Beckman

    Joanie, the news has arrived out here in Utah. I am so sorry to hear about Bill. He was my half-brother and we joked about that often. His Dad was such a great person and kept Mom alive for many years with his laughter. Bill was equally as good a person. Even though we didn't touch often he was always in my heart. So sorry for the entire family to have this sad time.

  10. Gini Parrish

    I'm so sorry for you loss Bert. My Condolences to you and your family.

  11. Paulina Goodfellow

    My thoughts and prayers are with you in the loss of your father, Dane, and to Gina and your family.

  12. Bates Family

    We are so sorry for your loss. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

  13. Debbie Travis Fabiano

    Bert, I'm so sorry for the loss of your Father. I'm sure you have many happy memories that you can fall back on. You're in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. My condolences to you and your family.

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