Bill  Learnard


Bill Learnard, 81, of Georgetown, Ill., passed away at his home Monday, September 2, 2019.
Bill was born September 16, 1937. He was the son of Elmer and Leone (Bentley) Learnard. They preceded him in death.
Bill married the love of his life, Elizabeth Learnard, on April 7, 1984. They remained married until her passing in 2015.
Bill leaves behind his children, Mark (Lori) Learnard, Scott (Kathy) Learnard, Clark (Theresa Lopez) Learnard, Blaine (Linda) Bensyl and Elizabeth (Tom) Dekker; 11 grandchildren, Andrew (Amy) McMillin, Melinda (Jaxon) Learnard, Kenton (Marissa) McMillin, Grace (Ross) Wilson, Lucas (Caitlin) Learnard, Sophie Bensyl, Madeline, Elaine, Gus, Tessa and Dutch Dekker; five great-grandchildren; one brother, Ben (Karen) Learnard; and several nieces and nephews. Bill also leaves behind a special friend, Clara Howard, and his "best dog buddy," Eddie.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; one daughter, Lezlie Randall; and one granddaughter, Megan McMillin.
Bill was a farmer all of his life, and he retired from GE. He enjoyed raising cattle, pitching fast-pitch softball, bowling and traveling. But his biggest love was spending time with his family, and he would be the first to tell that to anyone. "I'm so proud of everything my children and grandchildren do," Bill would say.
Bill was a member of Fairview United Methodist Church, and he was active member in Masonry, belonging to Olive Branch Lodge 38 and Gao Grotto.
A celebration of Bill's life will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, September 7, at Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Georgetown, 200 E. West St., Georgetown. Pastor Matt Filicsky will be officiating. Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Friday, September 6, at the funeral home with Masonic rites beginning at 3:30 p.m.
The family has asked, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Fairview United Methodist Church, Georgetown. Please join Bill's family in sharing memories on his Tribute Wall at
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Published on September 3, 2019
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5 posts

Ron Markevich
Sep 10, 2019
Bill and I were good friends in high school. We did a lot together. Bill never met a stranger, he will certainly be missed. My deepest condolences to his family.
Steve Hamilton
Sep 08, 2019
Roy and Martha Foster
Sep 06, 2019
Thinking of the family in this time of sorrow. Bill was a wonderful person, loved playing ball with him, he was a great pitcher. With deepest sympathy and prayers.
Janice Dincan-England
Sep 06, 2019
I was very surprised to hear of Bill's passing. He was closer to my brother's age, but I always seemed to stand closer to him in lines at the alumni banquet. I even remember him hanging with my brother in high school.
Jill Clements
Sep 04, 2019
Dad L was a wonderful man whose smile lit up a room and whose love of family was enduring. Heartfelt condolences to the Bensyl family, Randalls and Learnards.