Billy Dale Aten, 66, of St. Joseph, IL passed away at 2:33 PM on October 20, 2019 at St. Louis University Hospital in St. Louis, MO.
An intimate Graveside memorial service for his family and close friends will be held 11:00am on Saturday November 2, 2019 at the Aten Cemetery rural Hidalgo, IL. The Barkley Funeral Chapel in Greenup, IL is assisting the family. A celebration of life will be held Saturday, November 9, 2019 from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM at Eastland Suites Urbana, IL (1907 North Cunningham Ave, Urbana, IL). This will be a time for all friends and family to gather and share their stories and memories.
Billy was born in Kankakee, IL on March 17, 1953 to Leo and Lois (Tuttle) Aten. He married the love of his life Judith “Jan” Francisco on October 9, 1983. Surviving loving wife Jan; daughter Casey Aten of St. Joseph, IL; sons Billy Aten (Kierra Fonner) of Champaign and Austin Aten of St. Joseph, IL; grandchildren Colton and Casen Huls, Kali Fonner and Kash Aten; his best friend and cousin Max Aten of Greenville, IL.
Billy earned a bachelor’s in education from Northwest Missouri State University and received the honor of being an All American college athlete while playing baseball. When he wasn't on a ball field, you could usually find him at the nearest pond. If they were biting, he was fishing. He cherished his grandchildren and took the responsibility of "papaw" to another level. Whether it was walks at Homer Lake, days on the golf course, "car talk", or watching tennis tournaments, he always put his family first. Billy was known as B.A. in the car biz for over 30 years. He never met a stranger and was everybody’s “Best” friend.
In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to Papaws Legacy Memorial for his grandchildren. In care of Barkley Funeral Chapel PO Box 381 Greenup, IL 62428.
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