In Memory of

Wilford Blakley

Full Name: Wilford C Blakley
Date of Birth: October 16, 1940
Date of Death: May 4, 2018

Service Information:
May 12, 2018 - 10:00 AM - Graveside at Baughman Cemetery

Smithfield- Wilford C. “Bill” Blakley, 77, of Smithfield, passed away Friday May 4, 2018 at his home.

He was born October 16, 1940 at Bernadotte, the son of Harry and Margaret (Deakin) Blakley. He married Andrea Wallace on February 11, 1967 at Cambridge. She survives with two daughters, Kim (Don) Ward of Canton, and Erin Blakley of Smithfield, three grandchildren, Nicole and Brittany Kline, and Tim Ward, one brother, Larry (Lori) Blakley of Ipava, and three step brothers, Ronald Henderson of East Peoria, Donald Henderson of Moline, and Richard Henderson of East Peoria. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Glenn Blakley, and one sister, Nancy Blakley.

Bill worked for the TP&W Railroad and the Santa Fe Railroad before retiring. He served in the United States Army and Navy. He was a member of the Bernadotte Historical Society.

A graveside service will be held at 10:00 AM Saturday May 12th at Baughman Cemetery at rural Smithfield. Military rites will be conducted by Cuba American Legion Russell Smith Post 533. Condolences may be made at

From: Steve SmithMay 4 2018 9:54PM
I worked at TP&W with Bill during the 70's and early 80's.  Always a pleasure to work together.  Almost went "hogging" with Bill.  I chickened out.  Bill was one of the happiest and nicest people I have ever met.  He was a dandy.   One of the good men.  Please accept my condolences for your loss.
From: Linda HaynesMay 5 2018 2:50PM
Bill, I promise to think of you at least every time my apple trees drop their fruit!  I know you will get a big "hee haw" out of that.  I will miss you.  Andy, Scott and all ..... I am so sorry for your loss.
From: Jack lowdermanMay 6 2018 1:45AM
Bill will be missed at the auctions. He always had a good time.
From: David E. PlottsMay 6 2018 10:00PM
Grew up with, went to school with, and worked for the TP&W/SANTAFE with Bill.  We always enjoyed ourselves, when were together..  Hope he finds peace with his maker and the Lord blesses his family and friends and leaves all of us to remember him as a good man and brave Veteran.
From: Bernadotte Historical SocietyMay 8 2018 8:37AM
Bill shared his wit and wisdom with us as active member of the Bernadotte Historical Society. He had many a great story to tell, and was fun to be around...a great person and wonderful friend! We are going to miss him!!
From: Dan & Arlene ParrMay 10 2018 5:08PM
Many years ago when Bill and Andrea lived across the street from us on Arnold Avenue in East Peoria, Bill came to my aid. My husband, Dan, was at work, and I discovered a very large snapping turtle on our driveway. How it got there I have no idea. Bill was at home, so I called him over and he rescued me and the turtle! He took it to a safe place, the Illinois River. I have never forgotten that. Andrea and Bill were great neighbors, and you could always rely on Bill to get you out of a pinch. Even though we didn't see them often after they moved, we would still occasionally keep in touch. We will miss him.
From: Carl Jockisch II FamilyMay 21 2018 5:57PM
Bill was our neighbor for many years.  He always had a smile for us as we would pass him on the road often walking with one of his grandchildren.  Sending our love to you all.  Bill will be missed.  He was a good man with a big heart.  You are all in our thoughts and prayers. ??
From: clydeand mary jockischJun 8 2018 8:44PM
we will miss bill the auctions will never be the same without him rest in peace he always looked out for his fellow veterans many times he purchased handicap equipment and donated it to the ill. veterans home

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