William H. Shimizu

William H. Shimizu
Of Wheeling IL

William H. Shimizu was born on May 22, 1926 in Peerless UT to Tamegoro and Ura (nee Okinishi) Shimizu. He died Friday, April 7, 2017 in Arlington Heights IL.

William served as a Tec 4 in the United States Army Military Intelligence, as a Service Interpreter, during WW II. He graduated from Weber College and the University of Chicago with a Masters of Arts Degree. He was a dedicated educator that included working as a classroom teacher, Reading Specialist and Elementary Principal for the Park Forest School District #163 for over 30 years. William was a proud member of the NEA and USGA. He was an avid fan of all Chicago sports teams, and an active golfer, bowler and tennis player into his 90s. William loved to spend time with his family and friends. He touched many lives, made a lasting impression with those he met, and was loved by all.

William is survived by his sons, Jeffrey (Michele), Alan (Nesli), Thomas (Kathy) and William (Debby); grandchildren, Marissa (Nedry) Vega Velez, Zackari and Zane Shimizu, Cogan, Ethan, Devin and Riley Shimizu; great-grandchildren, Ryann Overton, Xavier, Gabriel and Remmi-May Sison; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his spouse, Chiyoko (nee Yamaguchi); his parents, Tamegoro and Ura; brothers, Mike (Shizuye), George (Fusako) and Harry (Vivian); daughter, Julie; and granddaughter, Paula Lynn Sison.

A Memorial Service will be held at the Ogden City Cemetery in Ogden UT on May 20, 2017.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the American Lung Association in memory of Mr. William Shimizu. Funeral information and condolences can be given at www.GlueckertFH.com or (847) 253-0168.

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  1. I taught in Park Forest School District 183 just after I graduated from college in 1953 and came to know Bill Shimizu and had great respect for him. I saw his obituary in the paper and checked the Glueckert website to see if I was reading about a former friend. He certainly had a full, active and happy life and aloving family and friends to mourn his loss.

    I assume the memorial in Ogden, Utah is because of the family’s forced internment at the start of WW11. Are his parents buried there?

    In 1982 I took a position as reading specialist at Rich Central High School (for the next fourteen years) which did not exist when I was a sixth grade core teacher in Park Forest. It was a challenging district led by Dr. Anderson who had progressive ideas and a young enthusiastic staff in a planned community setting. In fact it was at that time that Rich East opened.

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