DANVILLE – William E. Wayland Jr., 91, of Danville passed away at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday (Jan. 12, 2016) at Presence United Samaritans Medical Center in Danville.
Bill was born Feb. 6, 1924, in Danville to William E. Wayland and Esther French Wayland. He married Mary Helen Marmaduke in Chicago in 1944. She preceded him in death in 1954. He then married Mary Alice Arnold in 1955. She survives along with seven children, Susan (Steve) Kelly, Nancy (Michael) Link, Suzanne (Nick) Arnett, Cheryl (Forest) Risch, Joan Gillett, Deborah (Chris) Hosch and William (Mara) Wayland III. Bill and Mary Alice just celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in August. He is also survived by 15 grandchildren and 34 great-grandchildren, and he treasured each one. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Lou Ann Young; and grandchildren, Lori and Jennifer Kelly and Julie and David Link.
Born and raised in Danville, Bill graduated from Danville High School. As a student at DHS, Wayland was captain of the football team in 1941 and was on the swim team. He served in World War II as a Lt. JG Navy gunnery officer on a PT boat in the Pacific Theater. After the war, he graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University and received his graduate degree from University of Illinois.
He was an educator, starting his career in Oakwood, and the rest of his working career as teacher, coach, principal and director of transportation for Danville School District No. 118. He and Mary Alice were avid sports fans - rarely missing a Danville High School sporting event. He was proud to be a football and basketball season ticket holder and University of Illinois football season ticket holder.
He was a member of the Illinois Masonic Lodge and recently received his 60-year pin. He was a lifetime member of St. James United Methodist Church. He enjoyed canoing and fishing with his grandchildren. At the age of 85, Bill amazed friends and family by taking a solo canoe trip down the Ohio River, tracing his ancestor's path down the river.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan 15, at Pape Family Funeral Home, 10 E. Williams St., Danville. A celebration of his life will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 16, at St. James United Methodist Church, 504 N. Vermilion St., Danville, with the Rev. Randall Robinson officiating.
Memories and messages for the family may be left online at www.papefuneral.com or on the Pape Family Funeral Home Facebook page. In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to DHS Athletics, Attn: Athletic Office, 202 East Fairchild, Danville, IL 61832.