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William "Bill" Henry Naeve

William "Bill" Henry Naeve, age 88, passed away on Sunday, January 6th, at home surrounded by his loved ones. He was born in East Alton, IL, into a farming family and joined the U.S. Navy at the age of 18. He served in the United States Navy from 1948-1952 on the USS Currituck as a Third Class Aviation Storekeeper until receiving an honorable discharge. William married his wife, Charlotte Ann Flori in 1953 after she graduated nursing school. He attended Lewis and Clark Community College and studied criminal justice. William worked in the lab at Shell Oil Refinery in Hartford, IL and then worked as a Lieutenant and Shift Commander at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville Police Department for 25 years until his retirement. He was a lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus in Alton, IL, Council 460. He was a past Grand Knight and Financial Secretary. William was also a Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus Pere Marquette Assembly 0203 and a lifelong fan of the St. Louis Cardinals Baseball Team.

William was preceded in death by his parents, Charles Naeve and Barbara Harlowe, his sister, June Chapman, and the love of his life, his wife of 60 years, Charlotte Naeve.
He is survived by his 4 children, Barbara Voyles, Mary Naeve, Charlotte "Mickey" Lilley (Ben), and William M. Naeve (Missy). William is also survived by his 7 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and 2 great, great grandchildren.

Visitation will be held at Wright and Ferguson Funeral Home on Friday, January 11th, 4:00-6:00 p.m. and on Saturday, January 12th, 9:30-10:30 a.m. at Holy Savior Catholic Church with a funeral mass to follow at 11:00 a.m.
The family wishes to express their gratitude to Kindred Hospice services for the care provided during his illness.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital in William's memory.


William "Bill" Henry Naeve
January 6, 2019





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