Remembering William R. Danneil, our president

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William R. Danneil

December 24, 1938 – April 11, 2021

William Danneil, president of Veterans for Unification, passed away peacefully on Sunday April 11th in Lutheran General’s hospice after multiple hospitalizations over the past recent years.

Bill was a president who assumed his responsibility very seriously and even attended our VU meetings with his oxygen: and he was in attendance at every meeting unless hospitalized. Bill and brother Irv, who is Secretary in Veterans for Unification, also enjoyed many years of the Veterans Assistance Commission’s corned beef and cabbage dinners – fundraising events. They would indeed enjoy both the socialization and the meal. Bill often donated prizes for VU raffles. This was only part of his generous, caring nature as we would come to witness. He would also drive members home after the meeting if necessary. Even a few weeks before he passed, Bill phoned VU members to check on them during this COVID pandemic.

Bill served two years in the Army and four more years in the Reserves. He played a very active role in his church: in the parish ministry, on the Board, in the youth group, always there for anyone and anything.

He worked construction for over thirty years in his father’s footsteps; and belonged to the local Labor Union.

Bill also volunteered at the Frisby Senior Center Resale Shop in Des Plaines where he would repair items to sell.

Bill was preceded in death by both of his parents and an older sister and brother. He is survived by two brothers, Irv who is Veterans for Unification’s secretary, and Bruce and his sister Mary Lou.

As Bill and Irv cared for their parents, Irv faithfully cared for brother Bill and drove him to his many hospital appointments and prepared healthy meals.

Bill, now it is your time to be reunited with your family and be at long last in both physical and spiritual comfort. Thank you for being in our world, thank you for all of your support and caring for your veteran comrades. And may you rest in Eternal Peace, Mr. President.

Members, please send condolences to our organization’s address in Oak Park and we will deliver to Irv and Mary Lou.

Veterans for Unification, 805 Lake Street, #198. Oak Park, IL 60301