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In Memory

William J. Frichtl

William J Frichtl


William James Frichtl, age 72

November 17, 1948 – February 11, 2021

William James Frichtl, age 72, of Greenville, South Carolina, passed away at 11:15 AM Thursday, February 11,2021.

Due to Covid-19, a joint funeral Mass for Bill and his sister Christine, who passed away in December, will be celebrated later in the year at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Urbana, Illinois.  Private family committal services will be held with burial in the Old St. Peter Cemetery east of Newton, Illinois.  Arrangements are under the care of the Meyer Funeral Home in Newton, Illinois.  The obituary can be viewed and condolences left at www.meyerfh.com

Bill was born on November 17, 1948, in Newton, Illinois, the son of Thomas and Elizabeth “Betty” (Rudolphi) Frichtl. 

Bill received his BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois.  He spent most of his career working in Alaska for Alyeska on the Trans Alaskan Pipeline System.  He was there for the startup of the pipeline, retiring in 2015 after 38 years with the company, helping to keep the pipeline operating.  He loved his job, all the people he worked with, and he loved Alaska. He would probably still be there if not for his 22-year battle with Parkinson’s disease.

Bill is survived by:

Siblings – Patricia Kaus of Chadron, Nebraska; Thomas (Ann) Frichtl of Urbana, Illinois; Barbara (James) Klein of Marion, Iowa; Paul (Marsha) Frichtl of Springfield, Virginia; Tony (Jane) Frichtl of Taylors, South Carolina; and Marie Ann Frichtl of Newton, Illinois.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents and three sisters, Christine Frichtl, Jo Ann Frichtl and Mary Frichtl.

The family respectfully requests memorials be made to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.


Meyer Funeral Homes

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02/16/21 04:10 PM #24    

George Heywood

I agree with all the comments about Bill. I knew him got many years and we always had a great chat. He was so quiet and unassuming but obviously a giant in his calling has an electrical engineer. He never raised his voice just Bill Frichtl


02/17/21 05:09 AM #25    

Jon Bose

As all have said, Bill was just a great man to be around.  Always a smile and an offer of assistance or advice.  Rest in God's arms, Bill. 

02/17/21 06:25 AM #26    

Larry Motschenbacher

Note received from Tom & Jane Frichtl

“Thank you all for sharing your memories of my brother, Bill.  He had asked me to help him in October, 2019, because he knew he could no longer live on his own.  We moved him to South Carolina, and he found an assisted living facility close enough to downtown Greenville so that he could walk to several different really good craft brew pubs.  At least he was able to take those daily walks until Covid-19 put everything into lockdown.  We really thought we would have him for several more years, but Parkinson’s had other plans.  In one of the last conversations I had with him, he told me he felt like he was losing the battle.  At least, my wife and I were able to visit him daily at the end.  I was with him when he passed, and he was at peace."

Tony & Jane Frichtl

02/17/21 08:12 AM #27    

Mark Dahl

I can recall the days (and nights) in OCC when some part of the control system was in disarray and we’d seek the calm, unassuming voice of Bill on the other end of a phone. He’d ask methodical, succinct questions about what was happening. Then he’d say, “Hmmmm,” for a moment or two before providing sage, razor-sharp advice about what to do next and by following it, we’d soon restore order to the system. Many have it expressed it best: he was an engineer’s engineer. I thoroughly enjoyed working with him and he is sorely missed. I pray his loved ones find solace in faith and family.

Pictured is the long-slumbering RGV and Hybrid Logic cabinets at PS04, one of Bill's many legacies.


02/17/21 08:53 AM #28    

Linda Powell

What I admired most about Bill was his ability to 'keep his eye on the ball' no matter what corporate chaos was going on around him.  He was admired by so many.  That's a life well lived. May his memory be a blessing. 

02/18/21 10:47 PM #29    

Barbara Harmon

What I remember the most about Bill was that he was a workaholic. Back in the mid 1990s (during the M&M days) Bill was in his office hours after everyone went home. He was there every weekend. HR would get on his case to take some of his abundant vacation time. He rarely took it. Or he would take it, but then I'd see him seek into work. He didn't goof off.  Bill was a brilliant quiet man. RIP Bill

02/19/21 10:47 AM #30    

Ben Holeman

There isn't much I can say that hasn't already been said. I have a short story to share. Everyone remembers Bill's rusty old faded yellow pickup...  The "Heap of the Week !".  One day, Bill came to the OSF where I was assigned, to attend or teach a class and he parked his "Bucket of Bolts"  pickup next to the building.  Later, Bill came outside as did others for a smoke break. Can you believe someone plastered Bill's pickup with "Hazards Waste" stickers ??  He looked at me and pointed his finger.  Was difficult to get anything over on Bill.       Now I feel bad                    RIP my friend................     


02/27/21 04:38 PM #31    

Laura Meadors

A brilliant man with a gentle soul. Now free of that cruel disease. RIP

08/24/21 09:22 AM #32    

Randy Redmond

...great guy, kind heart, excellent engineer, also always had a smile on his face...

01/13/22 12:31 PM #33    

Larry Blachut

Bill always did top quality work and made sure that anyone working around him did the same.  

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