Published in Herald News from July 8, 2011 to July 8, 2012
Deininger, William John. Age 89. At rest Monday, July 4, 2011 at Lakewood
Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Born in Kankakee on September 29, 1921
to the late John and Mary (nee Poole) Deininger, he was a lifelong Joliet
area resident. Graduate of Joliet Township High School where he exceled
in math, science and sports. He received All Conference in track, basketball
Upon graduation Bill was signed by the New York Yankees as a catcher.
He played baseball for two years with the Sheboygan Indians, where he
was inducted into their Hall of Fame (1941-42).
A WWII veteran of the U.S. Navy as a Seaman First Class V6. He played
baseball for War Bonds in Norfolk, VA. (1942-45).
In 1946, Bill played for the Binghamton Triplets and the Newark, N.J.
Bears. In 1947, he was traded to the Pittsburgh organization and finished
the year playing for the Indianapolis Indians. In 1948, he was traded
back to the New York Yankees and played for the Beaumont, TX Exporters.
Due to a baseball injury, Bill was forced to cut his baseball career short.
Retired from Weber Dairy (Prairie Farms) in 1979. Dad scouted for the
Chicago White Sox and the Texas Rangers. Charter member of the Joliet
Rivals Club, member of Will County Old Timers Baseball Association and
Harwood Post American Legion Post #5.
Surviving are his two loving daughters, Annette "Nettie" (Stephen)
Horath of Crest Hill and Michele "Mike" (Thomas) Gottfreid of
Libertyville, IL; five grandchildren, James (Buffy) Ward Jr., Sean (Jennifer)
Ward, Jennifer (Keith) Calkins, Anna and Molly Gottfreid; six great-grandchildren,
Logan, Hayden and Devin Ward, Zachary and Adam Calkins, Elizabeth Dunfee-Ward;
his sister-in-law, Patricia Coop; two nephews, Ron (late Eileen) and Ed
Deininger; two nieces, Kathy (Mark) Luehrs and Sue (Jim) Carey; several
great-nieces and nephews also survive.
Preceded by his loving wife of 41 years, Nelly (nee McCulloch) Deininger
(1992); his parents; two brothers, Leo and Stanley Deininger and one sister,
Funeral services for William John Deininger will be Monday, June 11, 2011
at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home chapel. Rev. Mike Hickok officiating.
Interment St. Mary Immaculate Cemetery where military honors will be conducted
by the U.S. Navy. Memorials in his name to Lakewood Nursing and Rehabilitation
Center Activity Fund would be appreciated. Visitation Sunday 2-6 p.m.
at Fred C. Dames Funeral Home, 3200 Black at Essington Rds., Joliet. For
information: (815) 741-5500