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William C McGowan

October 20, 1953 - August 19, 2017

William C McGowan William C McGowan
    August 27, 2017 | 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM
  • Hickory Knolls Discovery Center
  • August 27, 2017 | 4:00 PM
  • Hickory Knolls Discovery Center
  • Burial Location

William C. McGowan, age 63, of St. Charles, IL, passed away suddenly on Saturday, August 19, 2017. Bill was born to William B. and Catherine McGowan in Chicago and was raised in La Grange, IL. He attended LTHS where he was an outstanding swimmer and received a scholarship to the University of Georgia.
Bill was an incredibly kind and loving husband, father, and family man. His servant heart was contagious and his generosity had no limits. His grandchildren would describe their “Baboo” as the most fun loving, adventure seeking, and energetic grandpa. He will be greatly missed by the many lives he touched.
Bill was survived by his wife, Sherie, his three children, Nate (Dawn), Kate (Chris) Otto, Lindsey (Rob) Beckenhauer, his eleven grandchildren, Allie, Zack, Charlie, Jake, Izzie, Emily, Tessa, Terra, Evan, Hannah, and Josh and his four older sisters, Cathy Grenfell, Marge Clements, Cris Ballenger, and Debbie Richardson. He was preceded in death by his mother and father.
Visitation will be held this Sunday, August 27th at Hickory Knolls Discovery Center 3795 Campton Hills Drive, St. Charles, IL 60175 from 12 to 4 pm with a celebration of life immediately following at 4 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation,


Ginny Karstens from Batavia, IL

"Sherie, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your wonderful, loving husband. You will get comfort from your children and grandchildren when you all talk about him and all the happy memories you have. "

Rob Moore from Fort Smith, AR

"I am truly sad to hear the news about Bill today. I was fortunate to work for him and got to know him well over those three years. Every morning, we spent time talking about business, life, and who knows where the conversation would go. Two things come to mind, how proud he was of his family, (He mentioned you all by name so often), and that great sense of humor! I can close my eyes and hear his contagious, great laugh! Great Dude. Love ya Bill. Miss you Brother."

Miriam Marcus from Munster, IN

"During the years I worked with Bill I can honestly say I saw Bill at his best every day. His passion for his work and his family, along with his professionalism and spirit will be remembered by many. May his memory always be a blessing."

Debbie Pittman from Murphysboro, IL

"My deepest sympathy to Sherie, Nate, Kate and Lindsey, and all the grandchildren. He loved you all so much. Bill was a forward thinking person who saw things in people that they didn't even see in themselves. His infectious smile and his laugh that reverberated across a room will always be a fond memory. Mike and I will always think only fond thoughts of his life well lived."

steve hlavacek from stoughton, WI

"Sherie, Nate and all, I am so sorry. I will miss Bill and the Boys on their early morning golf outings. Bill was always the gentleman, and a truly nice man. You will be in my prayers and you are always welcome at the club. God Bless"

Alistair Graham from Toronto Canada, AL

"It was a pleasure and honour knowing you. You will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. "

Karen and Steve Johnson from Fontana, WI

"Sherie, ah, crap. I am so sad for you and the kids. Bill was an amazing example of a life well-lived. Who else could keep up with YOU and your crazy ways? The two of you were like a laughter and love factory. Grateful to have known him and grateful you are here to continue the legacy you started. XOXO #lifewelllived Sending love and peace and cheese, if needed."

Nancy Bennett from Toronto, Canada, AL

"So sorry to hear this. Bill had many friends in Canada. He was always honest, helpful and kind. He'll be missed."

Tony House from Naples, FL

"From those early years on the CBOE floor with Becker to his time with IB, Bill was simply one of the all time good guys in our industry. Bill loved life, and more than anything that meant Sherie, his kids and grands. Heartfelt condolences to you all."

Marja Neylon from Geneva , IL

"So sorry to hear about Bills passing. We are never really ready and when it comes suddenly it's even harder . In deepest sympathy dear Sherie. "

Dave and Pam Evans from Nashdale AUSTRALIA, DC

"We are very sorry for the sudden loss of your precious husband, father and grandfather. Although a short while here he created a close and wonderful family and his heritage will live on. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. "

Kate and Steve Evans from Jerrabomberra, NSW, Australia, AL

"Dear Lindsey, Rob, and family we were so sad to hear of your father passing away. Our hearts, thoughts, and prayers go out to you all."

Mara Hawks from Dunedin, FL

"My deepest sympathy to Bill's wife Sherie, and all of their amazing family, extended family and friends. Such a sudden, sad loss. May your broken hearts find some mending threads through the LOVE and memories that you all share. I am so very, very sorry. "

Terry and Robin Dykstra from DeForest, WI

"Sherrie, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. The world lost a remarkable man."

The State Bank of Geneva from Geneva, IL

"From all of us at The State Bank of Geneva we send our deepest sympathy to all your family. May Bill rest in peace."

AL Betschart from Crete, IL

"Very sorry for your loss. I will miss him, not as a co-worker, but as a friend. I got to know Bill, when he joined IB. I always enjoyed talking to him about family life. You could see he truly cherished family more than anything in the world. He will be missed by all, that got to know him."

Sean & Bertie Lazzari from Wheaton, IL

"Sherie Our hearts go out to you, your children and your grandchildren. Bill also had that great smile that you knew something was up. We will keep you in our prayers"

Tammy Silby (IBG) from Greenwich, CT

"I am so sorry for your loss. Bill will be greatly missed."

Stan Lis from CHICAGO, IL

"Bill is a man I will always admire and forever owe my thanks. My deepest condolences to his family and he will always be in my prayers"

Kathy Hurst Littlefield and Family from San Diego, CA

"Sherie, We are so sorry to hear of your loss. We will be praying for Bill, you, and your family. Wishing you God's comfort."

Karin from McCarthy, CT

"So very sorry for your loss. I got to know Bill over the phone at work many years ago. Anytime we spoke he always took the time to ask how I was and how my family was. Although we haven't spoken as often these past few years, Bill made a point to call me every so often, just to say hello, even when he probably knew I'd have to refer him to someone else in my office. It was never idol chit chat. I knew him to be a genuinely nice, kind & caring person, and that's how I will remember him always! I have no doubt others at IB felt the same way. He will sorely be missed. Sending condolences of love, hugs and prayers to his whole family."

Matthew Gray Vear from Los Angeles, CA

"Sherie - I am so sorry that you have lost Bill. Karen and I want you to know that Bill, you and all the kids are in our prayers and thoughts. We wish you the very best in the future - Bill was a wonderful person."

David Fox from Park Ridge, IL

"Bill was a great individual to work with and a truly awesome person. His laughter would lighten up the whole office. I am sorry for his loss and deepest sympathy to his family. "

Mark Bennett from Montreal, AL

"My sincere condolences, I got to know Bill working at IB and I will miss his great sense of humor and his willingness to help and listen unconditionally, Bill will be missed, he taught me a lot."

Joanne and Bob Smitka from St. charles, IL

"I had the privilege of seeing Bill's beautiful smiling face every Monday through Thursday on the return trip from Chicago on the Metra. We both rode in the same car on the upper level.Bob and I live directly across the Lake from Bill and Sherrie in Lake Charlotte and we were both totally devastated to hear of his passing.We wish the entire family "peace" as they work their way through this tragic loss."

Jon Beckenhauer from Lincoln, NE

"My heart is heavy for the whole family that has been left behind. Even though only temporary, I shall really miss Bill. Look forward to sharing eternity with him. and talking about how great a grandparents we were. What a loving, generous and passionate man. I so admired him for his role as the head of the family. All of us loved him dearly as we do you Sherie. God will give us the strength to get through this loss. "

Pam Vear from Bastrop, TX

"What a wonderful,vibrant personaity. Bill was always giving,loving, kind and offered those around him a contagious sense of fun. Healing hugs to the whole family. "

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