Bill G. Dotson Sr., age 67, of McHenry, died unexpectedly Tuesday, February 28, 2012, at his home.
He was born September 15, 1944 in Liggett, KY to Elmer and Gertha (Jones) Dotson. On March 13, 1990, he married Connie Gitchel in Harlan, Kentucky.
Raised in Liggett, Bill was a resident of the McHenry area since the early 1960’s. He was a truck driver for the majority of his career. For over 20 years, he worked for Alan Smith Trucking. A very hardworking and physically fit man, he suffered a debilitating stroke in 1999, and was unable to return to work. After his stroke, he enjoyed the hobby of collecting cans, an activity he referred to as the “family business”. Other enjoyments included visiting with people, watching westerns and singing songs. Most of all, he was devoted to his family, and very proud of his wife, kids, and grandkids.
He is survived by his wife of 21 years, Connie; three children, Sandra (Jim) Saylor of Johnsburg, Billy Dotson Jr. and Tracy Dotson-Goodman, both of McHenry, and their mother, Jean Dotson; a daughter, Traci (Nick) Emerson of Knoxville, TN; a stepdaughter, Melinda (Jim) Schleehauf of Round Lake; 11 grandchildren, Jimmy & Jodie Saylor, Kayden Dotson, Joshua Dotson, Matthew Goodman, Jacob Goodman, Dale & Lisa Schleehauf, Ashli Saylor, Mikey & Roni Steinsdoerfer; his mother, Gertha Dotson of Kenvir, KY; two sisters, Sylvia Zavala of Rantoul, IL, and Judy (the late Drew) Cox of Kenvir, KY; a brother, Danny (Dee) Dotson of McHenry; sister-in-law, Bonnie Dotson of W. Frankfurt, IL; 6 great-grandchildren; an uncle Jesse (Peggy) Jones of Wallins Creek, Kentucky; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his father; two brothers, J. L. Dotson and Elmer Dotson; and a sister, Tiny Estes.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. Sunday, March 4, 2012, at Justen Funeral Home & Crematory, 3700 W. Charles J. Miller Road, McHenry, IL 60050.
The funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Interment will be in Windridge Memorial Park, Cary.
For information, please call the funeral home at 815-385-2400. Friends may send an on-line condolence to the family at www.justenfh.com.