Born Aug. 15, 1918 in Monroe County, he was the son of Pricie Hedrick and Sarah Etta Hedrick.
He was raised by his step-father, Grover Chandler and his mother, Sarah Etta (Pate) Chandler.
He was a veteran of the United States Navy and served during World War II as a Seaman First Class. Following his retirement from Indiana University, Bill and his wife,Glanadeen, enjoyed traveling with friends. They volunteered with the senior citizens each week. Bill attended the Sanders United Pentecostal Church. Bill and Glanadeen enjoyed being a part of their church family. Bill was very active and involved when his daughter and son-in-law, Robert Utterback pioneered a church in Linton. He relocated to Linton in 2001 with his wife, Glanadeen to be with his family. Since residing in Linton, he attended the Bibleway Church and was currently a member of New Covenant Ministries.
He is survived by grandchildren, Robin and Ron Vandeventer, Keithetta and David Mauder, William Utterback, and Robert and Christy Utterback; great-grandchildren Keith, Karisa, Heather, Eric, Billie Jo, Matthew, Michael, Kaitlyn, James, Aaron, Andrew, Rebekah, Gabe and Seth; great-great grandchildren, Gavin and Elise and very close friend Martha Quakenbush, as well as many other family members and close friends.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Velva Glanadeen Hedrick; his parents, Pricie Hedrick, Grover and Sarah Etta Chandler; his daughter, Carolyn Sue Utterback; three brothers, Tommy Hedrick, Frank Chandler, and Buddy Chandler; two sisters, Mary Baker and Annabelle Terrell.
The "Celebration of His Life" will be on Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Sanders United Pentecostal Church with Rev. Joe Nelson and Rev. Randy Raney officiating. Burial will follow in Knightridge Cemetery where the Veteran's Honor Guard will perform military graveside rites.
Friends may visit the family at Day Funeral Home in Bloomington on Tuesday from 4-8 p.m.
The family suggests memorial contributions be given to Sanders United Pentecostal Church or to the Robert Utterback Missions Memorial Fund c/o Day Funeral Home.
Online condolences may be given at www.mem.com