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William R. Lanxon

September 27, 1926 ~ September 12, 2020 (age 93)


William (“Bud”/”Bill”) Lanxon, 93, went home to be with his Heavenly Father on September 12, 2020, with his daughter by his side and his son nearby.  William was born to Richard and Helen (Orlopp) Corbin on September 27, 1926, in Peoria, IL.  Bill was raised by his mother and stepfather Percy Lanxon.  

Before graduating from Manual High School, Bill proudly enlisted and served in the US Navy soon after the attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941.  He was stationed in the Pacific Theater, specifically in the Okinawa Campaign, through the end of WWII.  He was one of the few remaining members of the “Greatest Generation.”

Most importantly, in his early twenties by faith, Bill chose to accept Jesus Christ as his personal Savior. “Therefore, being declared righteous by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 5:1.) He was active in churches in Peoria and Washington, IL.

William and Josephine Giebelhausen were married on June 10, 1949, in Peoria.  She preceded him in death on June 9, 2020, one day shy of their 71st wedding anniversary. 

Bill worked at the Toledo, Peoria and Western Railroad for more than 40 years, retiring as Chief Rate Clerk in 1987.  

Survivors include his son Jim, his daughter Carol (Jeff) Vallosio of Washington, grandchildren Jennifer (Tom) Felix, Jill (Dan) Vogel, and Jonathan (Ashley) Vallosio, and seven great-grandchildren. 

Private graveside services will be held Saturday, September 19, 2020, at Glendale Cemetery in Washington.  The rendering of Military Honors will be provided by the U.S. Navy. Memorials may be made to either Moody Bible Institute (820 N. LaSalle Blvd., attn DRM, Chicago, IL 60610, tel. 800-DL-MOODY) or Rio Grande Bible Institute, 4300 S. US Hwy 281, Edinburg, TX 78539-9650, Tel. 956-380-8130. Mason-White Funeral Home in Washington is assisting the family with arrangements. To share a memory or send a condolence for his family, visit




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