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BILL JETER, age 72, of Elburn, passed away following a long battle with C.O. P.D., at Delnor Hospital, Geneva, on Sunday, March 15, 2015. He was born September 14, 1942, in Aurora, IL, the son of Forrest and Lorna Jeter. Bill grew on Harter Rd. in Kaneville and attended local schools. He graduated from Kaneland High School after commuting to school with Norm Bergquist on their motorcycles year around. Directly after graduating, Bill enlisted in the United States Navy and proudly served his country until his honorable discharge in 1960. Bill and Karen Magill were united in marriage on June 24, 1967 at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church in Maple Park, IL. They began their new life together in Elburn on Gates St. before settling a few blocks away on Kansas St. for the next 41 wonderful years.Bill worked, as many did of his generation, at the Elburn Packing Plant. He also worked both UPS and the State of Illinois for a short time before beginning a 27 year career at Country Gas. Bill retired to care for Karen as her health began to decline. After her passing in 2008, Bill continued to live in Elburn until his own health declined as well. Bill loved football, NASCAR, WWII planes and animals, and not necessarily in that order. He was a big fan of the Chicago Bears and was able to cheer them on in person once a year surrounded by his buddies. According to Bill, no one could drive like Earnhardt Sr. and most recently Kyle Busch. If you had any question on WWII, you didn’t have to go any further because he was a walking encyclopedia on the life and times of that era. There wasn’t an animal on earth that Bill didn’t have a soft spot for, especially the pets on his trucking routes whom he knew almost as well as their owners. He is survived by his son Tom Red (Debi) Jeter and several nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, his wife Karen Jeter and one daughter, Tracey Madden. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m., Thursday, March 19, 2015, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. A graveside service will be held at Kaneville Cemetery, Kaneville, IL, at 11 a.m., Friday, March 20, 2015. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in Bill’s name to benefit the Salvation Army and the American Lung Association. Checks may be made to the William Jeter Memorial and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119. Tributes may also forwarded to the same address or on www.conleycare.com where you can find his full life story.