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William Lenix “Bill’’ Hungate


6/1/2000

William Lenix “Bill’’ Hungate, age 75, of 110 Lakeview Drive, East Galesburg, died at 4 a.m. Sunday, May 21, 2000 at his home. Hungate was a former basketball coach and guidance counselor at Abingdon High School.

He was born July 11, 1924 in Blandinsville, Illinois, the son of William and Bernice Lenix Hungate. He married Mary Lucille Kirchner on May 27, 1952 at St. Patrick, Mo. She survives.

Other survivors include two sons, William Hungate, Morton and Richard Hungate, Chicago; four daughters, Mary Kay Hungate, Ruston, La.; Debra Driskell, Selma, Ala; Lora Hungate, Galesburg and Marcena Hungate, Reston, Va.; one sister, Betty Latherow, LaHarpe; and two grandchildren.

He graduated from Blandinsville High School in 1942. He was also a 1949 graduate of Western Illinois University where he earned his Bachelor's degree and played basketball. He received his Master’s degree from Western Illinois University in 1954. He also attended Culver Stockton College where he played both football and basketball.

He served in the United States Army Air Corp during World War II.

He was a member of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, Galesburg.

He spent 35 years coaching and 48 years in athletics--coaching and as an athletic director.

He began his teaching and coaching career in 1949. He was a basketball coach and teacher from 1955-1961 at El Segundo High School, Calif.; a basketball coach and guidance counselor from 1961-68 at Abingdon High School; basketball coach, athletic director and guidance counselor from 1968-84 at Carl Sandburg College; and as Athletic Director from 1986-97 at Carl Sandburg College. He also worked from 1984-99 with WAIK Radio.

He was a member of the American Legion #749, Knoxville and Knight’s of Columbus Council 556, Galesburg.

He was member of the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association and the Knox County Retired Teachers Association.

He was past chairman of Arrowhead Athletic Conference. He was inducted into the Illinois Basketball Hall of Fame in 1989 and received the Carl Sandburg College Distinguished Service Award in 1986. He was also inducted in 1986 into Carl Sandburg College Wall of Fame.

The baseball/softball facility at Carl Sandburg College was named “The William L. Hungate Baseball/Softball Complex’’ in 1997.

Funeral services were held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, Galesburg, with Reverend Ernest Pizzamiglio officiating.

Burial was in St. Joseph Cemetery, Galesburg where military rites were accorded.

Watson Funeral Home, Galesburg, was in charge of the arrangements.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, Salvation Army or Costa Catholic School.

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