It is with great sadness that I forward word of the passing of Bill Early, K9ZG. Up until his cancer caused him to slow last fall, he was an active member of McHenry County EMA and our RACES and ARES organizations. He was also instrumental in the formation and promotion of the Search and Rescue program within McHenry County EMA. His obituary follows.
- William “Bill” Biety Early, 66, of McHenry died Tuesday, April 2, 2013, at home, surrounded by family.
He was born on Dec. 25, 1946, in Geneva, Ill., to Gordon Lauder and Margaret Elizabeth (Biety) Early. On April 12, 1980, he married Karen Louise Brooks at the Presbyterian Church in Wheaton.
Bill was a devoted husband and cherished time with his grandchildren. He was a senior roofing consultant who took pride in his job and was very active and took leadership roles in his professional organization, RCI, Inc.
Bill loved animals and in one phase of his life he was the shelter manager for the Chicago Anti-Cruelty Society and served as a docent for the Lincoln Park Zoo. When he and Karen moved to McHenry, they became active volunteers with wildlife animal rescue, education and rehabilitation through the McHenry County Conservation District Wildlife Center and Wildlife In Need. Bill was licensed through the U.S. Federal Wildlife Service and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, which enabled him to keep and maintain several raptors for educational purposes.
Bill was also very active in the McHenry County Emergency Management Association. He served in many areas, starting as a radio/communications operator, then assisting with Dive Rescue, Weather Spotting and was particularly involved with Search and Rescue.
Survivors include his wife of 33 years, Karen Early of McHenry; children Christopher (Janie) Early of Irrigon, Ore., and Josh (Elizabeth) Early of Iron Mountain, Mich.; grandchildren Liam, August, Mallory, Elizabeth and Joshua; father Gordon L. Early of Evanston; brothers and sisters Robert (Traudel) Early of Watsonville, Calif., Margaret Blair of Bluffton, S.C., Catherine (Virginia) Early of Macomb and Carol (Brian) Cooney of Evanston; and numerous nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Margaret Biety Early, and brother-in-law Donald Blair.
Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. until the funeral service at 1 p.m. on Friday, April 12, at the Colonial Funeral Home, 591 Ridgeview Drive, McHenry, IL. Interment will be private.
Memorials may be directed to McHenry County Emergency Management Association or the Wildlife Rescue organization of the donor’s choice.
For information contact Colonial Funeral Home at 815-385-0063 or www.colonialmchenry.com.
John Zelz, W9ZE
Deputy Director, McHenry County Emergency Management Agency
Chief, McHenry County, IL RACES http://www.mcraces.org
EC, McHenry County, IL ARES