William W. Gray, Fred W. Pulley

William W. Gray

William W. “Bill” Gray, 70, of Bridgeport, Illinois, passed away on Wednesday, May 22, 2019, at Good Samaritan Hospital.

He was born on Nov. 4, 1948 in Petrolia, Illinois, the son of Henry William Gray and Pauline Imogene Greer. He married Cathy Nestleroad on June 13, 1970, and she survives. Bill was a member of the First Christian Church of Bridgeport. He was also a member of the Bridgeport Masonic Lodge. He was employed at Texaco, Indian Refining, and the Hutsonville Power Plant. Bill was very active and well respected within the community. He held positions on numerous boards, such as the Bridgeport City Council, the Bridgeport Fire Department, where he had served as chief, the IDC board, the Lawrence County Board, where he had served as chairman, the Lawrence County Ambulance Service, the 911 board, and he was a precinct committeeman. He served as acting mayor for Bridgeport at one time. Bill volunteered as Bridgeport Little League Coach. He enjoyed mowing, plowing snow, and he enjoyed his time as a substitute school bus driver for Unit 10.

Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Cathy; one son, Billy Gray and his wife, Jessica, of Bridgeport; two daughters, Andrea Creswell and her husband, Siron, of Bridgeport, and Traci Gray of Bridgeport; one grandchild, Caitlee Gray; numerous nieces and nephews; and his beloved dogs and granddogs Tiny, Zeus, Kane, Dusty, Hershey, Smokey, Summit, and Knox, and all of the Great Danes.

Preceding Bill in death were his parents and sister, Diana Gray.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. CDT on Saturday at the Emmons-Macey & Steffey Funeral Home in Lawrenceville, Illinois. Burial will be in the Bridgeport City Cemetery. Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. CDT today ate the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Lawrence County Historical Society.

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Fred W. Pulley

Fred W. Pulley, 88, of Clarksville, passed away on Saturday, May 18, 2019 at his residence with his family at his bedside.

Fred was born on Aug. 7, 1930 in Marion, the son of Walter Ruben and Era Irene Martz Pulley. He graduated high school and began his career having served his country during the Korean War, stationed in Colorado Springs, Colorado. After service he returned to Indiana and worked for the U.S. Postal Service and became a real estate specialist for USPS. He married Jane Hess and they made their life together for 25 years. Fred was a husband, father, grandfather, friend and Realtor.

He is survived by his wife, Jane Hess Pulley; his children, Pam Pulley Case and Mark Pulley; his loving step-children, Jerry George, Lisa Hunter, Susie Cooper, and Chrissi McKinley; and several grandchildren.

Funeral Services will be 2 p.m. on Sunday at the Duesterberg-Fredrick Funeral Home, 521 Vigo St., with Deacon Earl Ruppel officiating. He will be laid to rest in the St. Vincent Cemetery. The family will receive friends from noon until the hour of services on Sunday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions can be made to the donor’s charity of choice. Duesterberg-Fredrick Funeral Home is honored to assist the Pulley family during their time of loss.

Online condolences may be made at www.duesterbergfredrick.com.


Denise M. Ostendorf, 57, of Zionsville, passed away on Wednesday, May 22, 2019. Arrangements are pending at Duesterberg-Fredrick Funeral Home.


Anderson, Lela Mae, died April 3. Services: 2 p.m. on Saturday at the Bicknell Memorial Cemetery Mausoleum in Bicknell. Visitation: noon until the hour of services on Saturday at the cemetery. Condolences: www.fredrickandson.com.

Axson, Beverly, died May 7. Services: 10 a.m. on June 3 at Florida Memorial Gardens in Rockledge, Florida.

Ducharme, Lisa, died May 18. Services: 11 a.m. on Saturday at Salem United Church of Christ in Westphalia.

Knight, Rebecca Randall Whitson, died Dec. 29, 2018. Services: 2 p.m. on Saturday at 207 Grant St., Monroe City.

Sanneman, Joseph Erie Sr., died May 21. Services: 1 p.m. on Saturday at Goodwin Funeral Home, 524 Broadway St. Burial: Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation: 10 a.m. until the hour of services on Saturday at the funeral home.


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