Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

November 21, 2012

William Drennan


Effingham Daily News

MONTICELLO — William A. "Bill" Drennan, 90, of Monticello, formerly of Neoga, passed away at 1:19 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012, in Kirby Medical Center, Monticello.

    As per Mr. Drennan's wishes, he will be cremated and a memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at the First Presbyterian Church, Monticello. Swengel-O'Dell Funeral Home, Neoga, is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 214 South Charter St., Monticello, IL 61856 or to the charity of the donor's choice. Online condolences may be expressed at swengel-odell.com.

    He was born Feb. 9, 1922, in Neoga, the son of Elda A. and A. Leona (Lockhart) Drennan. He was a World War II veteran, serving in the United States Army in Europe, for three years. Bill married Rowena Elson on Nov. 14, 1948, in Neoga. He was a deacon and elder of the First Presbyterian Church; past member and president of the Lions Club 1973, both of Monticello; and member of the Alumni Association of Millikin University and Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity, both of Decatur. Bill was employed by the General Telephone company for 17 years and was an insurance agent for the New York Life Insurance Company, retiring after 17 years of service.

    Mr. Drennan leaves his wife, Rowena Drennan of Monticello; two daughters, Marsha Hinthorn and husband, Robert, of Normal, and Erin Cody and husband, Terry, of Indianapolis; six grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

    Mr. Drennan was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Clyde E. Drennan; two sisters, Doris Jean Cameron and R. Irene Drennan.