William Jackson Record Jr., 88, better known as Bill to many, passed peacefully in his sleep at his home on Sunday, June 6, 2021.
His life began Dec. 20, 1932, when he was born to William Jackson and Clara (Kroft) Record in Martinsville.
Bill was a Martinsville High School graduate with the class of 1950. He later received his Bachelor’s in agriculture and economics in 1954 and his master’s in 1959 from Purdue University. While attending Purdue, Bill played the tuba in the Purdue Band and would affectionally refer to it as “Big Bertha.”
He joined the U.S. Army in 1955 and served his country with bravery, he was honorably discharged in 1963. While in the military, Bill was a sharpshooter and a marksman.
He was a retired loan officer from Key Bank in Martinsville, retiring in 1990. He previously worked as a commercial and agriculture loan officer at First National Bank in Martinsville and Paragon. Before moving back to Martinsville, Bill worked at Old First National Bank in Bluffton from 1972-86, serving as vice president.
In his spare time, he enjoyed the outdoors, photography, boating, camping, waterskiing, Purdue Bands and being a Lion’s Tail Twister. Bill served his community in several capacities; he was an active member and served as past president of the Noon Lion’s Club for nearly 60 years, receiving the Melvin Jones Award and many other awards. He served as treasurer for Weekday Religious Education and Morgan County Fall Foliage Festival. His other memberships included the Purdue Alumni Association, Acacia Fraternity, Masonic Lodge F & AM No. 74, Elks Lodge 1349, American Legion Post 230, and the First United Methodist Church in Martinsville.
One of his greatest experiences in life was spending several weeks in Russia, Switzerland and France and other eastern European countries in 1966 with People-to-People Foundation through Purdue University.
He leaves behind a host of family and friends including his wife, Mary Jean (Frohbieter) Nash Record of Martinsville, whom he married July 31, 1993; two daughters, Robin (Robert) Sundstrom of Virginia and Jeanne (Frank) Smith of Louisiana; a son, William (Elissa) Jackson Record III of California; grandchildren, Bronte and Owen Sundstrom, Joey Smith (fiancé Hannah), Stephanie, Travis and Molly Smith and Aleena and Kylie Record; step-children, Lynne Nash (John) Cox of Martinsville, Kimberly Nash Mendenhall and Keith Alan (Maria) Nash of South Carolina; step-grandchildren, Suzanne and Nathan (Jillian) Cox, Jack (Brittney), Marcia, Travis and Joshua Nash, Mary Hayes and Mark (Kimberley) Mendenhall; step-great-grandchildren, Lorelai Jane Cox, Rebecca Ward, Brooklyn, D.J. and Abby Nash, Logan, Peyton and Mason Brewer, Zoey and Abby Standeford and Hunter Davis; three nieces, Ann, Jacque and Suzy; and many cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Laura Ann Ervin and Mable Jane Record; stepdaughter, Deborah Nash; two step-grandchildren, Christopher Nash and Sammy Jo Mendenhall; and step son-in-law, David Mendenhall.
Family and friends are invited to visit on Friday, June 11, from 10 a.m. to noon at Neal & Summers Funeral & Cremation Center in Martinsville. A service celebrating Bill’s life will begin immediately following visitation at noon at the funeral home. He will be laid to rest in Nebo Memorial Park Cemetery with military honors.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Angelman Syndrome Foundation, (honoring his granddaughter Molly) 3015 E. New York St., Ste. A2, 285, Aurora, IL 60504, the First United Methodist Church Music Department, 3150 E. Myra Lane, Martinsville, IN 46151, American Diabetes Association, 222 S. Downy Ave. Indianapolis, IN 46219 or Purdue Band at www.giving.purdue.edubands.
Online condolences and memories of Bill may be shared with his family at www.nealandsummers.com