Mr. Harley William “Bill”
Lietsch, 91, of Galesburg died at 1:28 p.m., Sunday, September 8, 2019 at Unity
Point Methodist Medical Center.
He was born August 3, 1928 in
Galesburg the son of Harley E. and Bessie Standard Lietsch. Bill married Birdie
Lillian McGahey in Rock Island on May 3, 1947. After 63 years of marriage she preceded
him in death April 4, 2010.
Bill is survived by his
daughters Penny (Lynn) Hammer of Sterling, Illinois; Patricia (Rick) Koestner
of Peoria, Illinois; Pamela (Chris) Taylor of Athens, Tennessee; and Peggy
(Joe) Tuszynski of Galesburg. Also surviving are 12 grandchildren and 20 great
Bill was raised in Galesburg
and graduated from Galesburg High School in 1947. He worked as a machinist for
the former CB & Q Railroad and retired from Burlington Northern Santa Fe. Bill
and Birdie enjoyed traveling and spending time with their grandchildren and
being involved in all their activities. Bill had a great group of friends that
he looked forward to seeing daily at Hy-Vee (National Blvd.) for a cup a coffee
and story time.
Private family graveside
services will be held Saturday, September 14, 2019 at East Linwood Cemetery
with the Chaplain Jordan Knight officiating. The family will receive friends
from 2:00-3:00 pm Saturday, September 14, 2019 at Hinchliff-Pearson-West
Funeral Directors and Cremation Services Galesburg Chapel for a time of coffee
and desserts. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Knox County
Humane Society. Online condolences can be made at www.h-p-w.com.