William F. "Bill" Finedore

January 31, 1953 - January 12, 2022

William F.


William “Bill” Francis Finedore III, 68, of Belvidere, IL, loved and known as “Pa” to many, lost a courageous battle for this life on January 12, 2022, in Rockford. Bill was born January 31, 1953, in Evanston to William Jr. and Grace (Brush) Finedore. He was a Glenbrook North High School graduate. Bill married the love of his life Janet (Chellman), on July 10, 1977, in Palatine, IL. Bill loved his life! He cherished every moment spent with the family and friends he and his beautiful bride created and nurtured during their 44 years of marriage. He proudly served in the US Navy as a ship diver. Bill worked for over 40 years in the commercial machine and nuclear energy industry for CFM/VR-TESCO. He was a member of the VFW and a former member of the Men’s Auxiliary. Bill loved summers in Rhinelander, WI, creating memories with his family and his Chellman family. His memory is forever ingrained in the Island Cottage. Bill also loved golfing, watching football, shooting, fishing, swimming, and diving. Most importantly, he cherished spending time and cooking for his beloved family and creating lasting memories for each of his children and grandchildren.

Bill will be forever missed by his wife and best friend, Janet. Pa will forever be adored by his children, Le (Anthony) Antoine, William C. Finedore, Chach V. (Kim) Finedore, and Ashley (Matthew) Terrill; grandchildren, Matthew, Cole, Riley, Tyler, April, Liam, Evan, Howard, George, Aiden, Kayla, Sam, Maren and Eric B. Bill’s siblings; beloved younger brother Jeff (Kim) Finedore and their children, Joe and Stevie, along with his lovely nieces Tara and Cori. Additional siblings Tom, James and Nancy Finedore.

He is preceded in death by his parents and beloved father-in-law William Chellman

A Celebration of Life will be held on March 5, 2022 at the Rockton American Legion at noon.

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Service Schedule

Saturday, March 5, 2022
12:00 pm

A Celebration of Life will be held on March 5, 2022 at the Rockton American Legion at noon.

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I will always remember Bill with a smile on his face….and a beer in his hand. He loved life….he loved his family….he was kind and good to his soul…..and the best neighbor. He will be missed by all whose life he touched. My heart goes out to all of you. Keeping you in my prayers. Love you guys, Sheryl

Sheryl DeGrave 2022-02-28T16:03:47

We are deeply saddened and so very sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. You all have our heartfelt condolences and the entire family remains in our prayers. We love you guys.

Craig & Lindsay Ely 2022-01-18T19:08:03

So very sorry for Cupcake’s passing. Heartfelt condolences to the entire family.

Jo Ellen Coleman 2022-01-18T18:59:09

Janet and Family,
I’m so so sorry to see this! Such a great man! Hugs and heartfelt thoughts for all of you.
Love to you all,

Debby Beswick 2022-01-18T18:42:04

So very sorry and sad to hear of Bill’s passing. I really got to know him at the VFW and playing a challenging game of Words with Friends. He was a kind and giving man. All my love and prayers to Janet and the family. Brenda

Brenda McElroy 2022-01-18T10:15:57

So sad and so sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. Bill was a very good and kind man. He was right there if you needed help with anything. I will never forget all the good times we shared. My deepest condolences to Jan, the kids and entire family. He will live on in our memories and our hearts.

Jerry Schwebke 2022-01-18T06:15:08

Words cannot express the sadness I feel for you all. He raised an amazing daughter who has been my best friend for over 20 years. He was a great man who will be missed dearly by all. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

“ Those we love can never be more than a thought away; for as long as there’s a memory, they live on in our hearts.”

Nikkia (AKA-B) 2022-01-17T08:28:07

So sorry for your loss we will miss him.You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers!! Sending all our love ❤

Mike and joyce kruk 2022-01-17T07:11:22

It’s hard to believe he’s gone. I’m so sorry for everyone’s loss: Jan, all the kids and grandchildren. He was one of those rare few that was larger than life, and will definitely leave a void.

Mark & Pat Flood 2022-01-16T15:14:40


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