Published in the Interest of the Staunton Community for Over 143 Years


William B. Bomkamp, 92, of Gillespie, Ill., died at his residence on Sunday, Sept. 18, 2022. He was born Oct. 19, 1929, in Carlinville, to Joseph and Regina (Schaefer) Bomkamp. He married Maxine Anderson on Feb. 21, 1953, in Carlinville, and she survives.

He was a retired maintenance supervisor for Monterey Coal. William was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and served during Korea. He was former commander of the VFW Post 4547 of Gillespie. He was a board member of the Veterans Assistance Commission. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus.

He is survived by his wife, Maxine Bomkamp of Gillespie; daughters, Regina (Rick) Garbin of Gillespie, Shelley (Frank) Barrett of Gillespie; grandchildren, Frank III (Alissa), Nickie (Mike), Ricky (Amanda), Rachel (Kerry), Valerie (Bryan), Vanessa (Ricky), Michael (Debbie), Shawna (Brad); 10 great-grandchildren; brothers, Richard (Cathy) Bomkamp, Leonard (Dorothy) Bomkamp, Norman (Judy) Bomkamp; sisters, Joann (Sonny) Richey, Rita (George) Cerar; and brother-in-law, Dale Kasten. William was preceded in death by his parents; brother and sister-in-law, Paul and Sandy Bomkamp; and sister, Rosina Kasten.

Friends may call on Friday, Sept. 23, at Kravanya Funeral Home in Gillespie from 5 until 8 p.m. and on Saturday, Sept. 24, at SS Simon & Jude Church, Gillespie, from 11 a.m. until 12 noon. Funeral mass will follow at 12 noon. Burial will be at Holy Cross Cemetery in Gillespie.

Memorials are suggested to Welfare Association or donor's choice. Condolences may be left online at

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