SAVANNA—William "Bill" Jennings Van Meter Jr., 73, formerly of Savanna, passed away Sunday, July 14, 2019, in Belvidere.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 18, at Law-Jones Funeral Home in Savanna. A visitation will be held from 9-11 a.m. Thursday, prior to the service. Burial will take place at Evergreen Cemetery in Sabula, Iowa. A memorial fund has been established in Bill's name.

Bill was born Sept. 20, 1945, in Brooklyn, N.Y., the son of William Jennings Van Meter Sr. and Adrianne "Ann" Doris Reeder.

After graduating Nanuet Senior High School in New York, Bill honorably served four years in the United States Marine Corps and studied at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Bill's trade as a tooling engineer kept the family moving throughout the Midwest: Savanna, Clinton, Indianapolis, Carthage and Rockford. Bill retired from Chemtech Plastics, Inc. in Elgin after being employed for several years.

Bill was a natural athlete with numerous league trophies in billiards, bowling and golf. His tireless practice on the driving range, putting greens and chipping in the house resulted in three hole-in-ones in his lifetime. While already well accomplished, Bill's greatest achievement has been as a grandparent — "We love you, Papa.”

Bill will be dearly missed by his former wife, Janice Lynn Van Meter of Rockford; their daughter, Elizabeth (Michael) Yeast of Chandler, Ariz.; son, Joshua Van Meter (Candace) of Chicago; one brother, Robert (Bob); four sisters, Ethel Ann, Linda, Karen and Debra; and three grandchildren, Sofia Lynn Van Meter, Elias Jennings Yeast and Maddox Robert Yeast.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, and his daughter-in-law, Karen Van Meter in 2017.