Celebrating the life of William "Bill" R. Wooley
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Bill was born April 23, 1950 in Mattoon, Illinois to Gerald Vane and Ethel Mae Wooley (Bement).
He is survived by two brothers, Dennis of Kentucky and Allen of Massachusetts.
Bill attended Sullivan High School and graduated from Villa Grove High School. After high school, he enlisted in the United States Army during the Vietnam War achieving the rank of Specialist. Bill proudly served his country as an Armor Crewman in the 1st Infantry Division. In 1988 Bill began work at Professional (PRO) Ambulance Service in Champaign, IL as an Emergency Medical Technician, and he graduated from the Paramedic program at Parkland College. As a Paramedic, Bill affected many lives in the Champaign County area, including his fellow paramedics as he helped train many of them at PRO and inspired some to become physicians. Bill retired from PRO in 2003 and worked as a Security Officer for Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, IL until the time of his death. As a Carle Security Officer, he earned the respect and trust of Carle employees, visitors, and patients. Bill was decorated with a Life Saving Award from the Urbana Police Department for his heroic actions while on duty. Bill enjoyed spending time outdoors, camping, fishing, cooking award winning barbecue, and playing his guitars. He was a music and movie enthusiast. Bill was a devoted friend and dog lover. Bill cherished spending time with his friends who became family. He was Godfather to Abigail and "Papa Bill" to Samuel. We honor and are thankful for his service to our country and our community. He will be greatly missed.
Memorial contributions in his honor may be made to: ASPCA https://www.aspca.org/, Wounded Warrior Project https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org or to Back The Blue https://Paypal.me/BackTheBlueCC.
Illiana Cremation Society is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the family on his everlasting memorial page at: www.IllianaCremationSociety.com
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