William “Bill” Charles Calog, 79, passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, January 15th, 2023. Bill is
preceded in death by his parents, William and Dorothy (Adcock) Calog, and his loving wife of 52 years,
Elizabeth (Buchs) Calog. Left to cherish Bill’s memory are his son, Jeffrey Calog and wife Erica; daughter,
Janine Toner and husband Jonathan; brother, Michael Calog and wife Nettie; grandchildren, Riley, Reid,
and Raegan Toner; and a host of many other dear family and friends.
Bill was a funny, outgoing, fun-loving, and hardworking man who adored his family. He was very proud
of them and loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. Bill never met a stranger -
he easily made new friends everywhere he went and touched the lives of so many around him. He had a
way of putting everyone he met at ease with his special warmth and loved to make people laugh. Bill
believed there was never a joke that could be told too many times and he had so many favorites that his
wife Elizabeth numbered his jokes. He was always up for new adventures and recently got a new
passport so he could see more of the world.
Bill had a wide range of hobbies and interests. During his childhood years, he loved riding the Chicago
Douglas el-train operated by his grandfather, Charlie Adcock. Bill also enjoyed time in his grandfather
Adcock’s workshop listening to the Chicago police band on a wooden Philco radio. Later, Bill shared a
common interest in HAM radio and model trains with his son, Jeffrey. When his children were younger,
Bill loved to take them fishing, camping, and on trips across the United States to visit historical sites. In
his downtime, he grew roses that he liked to display in the home.
Bill was a lifelong fan of the Chicago Cubs, and always had high hopes they would win another World
Series. He enjoyed watching sports whenever he could. Bill was an avid reader and liked to listen to
classical music. He loved to attend his grandchildren’s activities and made it a point to support them in
all their interests - theater, sports, and music. He was very active in the daily lives of his daughter Janine
and his grandchildren, and he would do anything to help his family.
Aside from his children and grandchildren, Bill was most proud of his military service. He served as a
sergeant in the 2nd U.S. Army from 1967-1969 in which he was deployed to South Korea as a military
policeman. Bill attended and graduated from Blackburn College where he held a number of leaderships
roles including Head of Construction in the work program. While at Blackburn, he met his wife Elizabeth
Anne Buchs. He was smitten with her the first moment he saw her, and they married on December 31st,
1966. He shared in Elizabeth’s battle with Multiple Sclerosis for 42 years. For over a decade, he served
as her devoted and tireless full-time caregiver.
Bill had an outstanding career as a retail manager for 48 years to provide for his family. He was well
respected for his honesty and integrity and expected the same from his employees. His career took him
to many different states including Michigan, Illinois, Kentucky, North Carolina, and Kansas. In retirement,
he moved to Texas to be with his grandchildren. Bill was a devoted Christian and member of First United
Methodist Church in Pearland, where he helped to serve communion.
A Funeral service will be held for Bill at First United Methodist Church in Pearland on Saturday, January
21st, 2023, beginning at 11:00 am. A service will also be held at Ellinger-Kunz & Park Funeral Home in
Springfield, Illinois (530 N. Fifth St) on Saturday, February 11th, 2023, beginning at 10:00 am. Internment
will follow at Oak Ridge Cemetery (1441 Monument Ave, Springfield, IL 62702).
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