The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 702 is the gold standard in the Southern Illinois’ construction and utility industry.
It is a modern day “Band of Brothers.”
On Wednesday morning friends, Ameren employees and other members of Local 702 honored one of their own --Bill Jeremiah--with an American flag hanging from one of the raised buckets along Rt. 13 just west of Pinckneyville.
It was the path that the hearse from Pyatt Funeral home took to the Mueller Hill Cemetery.
Ameren allowed over 30 Southern Illinois lineman to attend Wednesday’s funeral, many of them driving their bucket trucks and parking them on the shoulders of the highway as the motorcade passed.
An American flag hung from the 72-foot boom of an Ameren construction truck. Linemen held their helmets over their hearts.
Jeremiah, 64, of Pinckneyville passed away on Friday, Nov. 7, 2014 at 8 p.m. in Pinckneyville Community Hospital. Bill was born on Dec. 4, 1949 in Du Quoin, Ill., a son to Elmo and Theresa (Dunn) Jeremiah.
On Oct. 24, 1992, he married Paula Noward Wildermuth in St. John United Church of Christ, Du Quoin, Ill. and she survives. Bill worked as a general foreman for Illinois Power, where he continued to work for 46 years. While working, he was drafted and proudly served his country during the Vietnam War from 1969 to 1970. Bill was a member of the Du Quoin American Legion Post #647, where he was elected and once held the office of 25th District Commander.
He was also a member of the Du Quoin V.F.W. Post #513, Fraternal Order of Eagles, Pinckneyville, Ill., and IBEW Local 702. He never met a stranger and would help and give to anyone. Bill loved the St. Louis Cardinals, watching football and NASCAR, blowing leaves, reading sports novels and spending time with his family, grandkids and his friends.
Among the survivors are his wife, Paula Jeremiah of Pinckneyville, mother, Theresa Jeremiah of Du Quoin, two daughters, Amy Wildermuth and Kelly (Christopher) Wildermuth- Reyes all of Pinckneyville. Funeral services were held at St. Paul United Church of Christ, Pinckneyville on Wednesday at 10 a.m. with Reverend Cindy Bean officiating. Interment and graveside military rites were in in Mueller Hill Cemetery, Pinckneyville. Memorial donations may be made to the donor’s choice.
Local 429 has restructured the jurisdiction into Zones that will better serve our membership. The PDF file will show the map of counties(Tennessee and Kentucky) and, on page 2 of the PDF, a breakdown of the counties that make up each Zone. Thank you for your patience with this, as we know it will benefit the members in the long run.