ELKHART — William L. Vilmure, aka Bill Darwin, 80, of Elkhart, passed away Wednesday, May 7, at Memorial Hospital, South Bend.
He was born Jan. 10, 1934, in Louisville, Ky., to William J. and Eleanora (Habich) Vilmure.
He first married Bobbie Partipilo.
He then married Virginia “Ginger” Flagg on Nov. 29, 1975, in Elkhart.
He is survived by his wife, Ginger Vilmure of Elkhart and his children, Lisa Moses, Laura Vilmure and Mark (Michelle) Vilmure, all of Elkhart and five grandchildren, Kyle, Joshua, Krysta, Alyssa and Allison.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a son, Chris Vilmure.
Bill graduated from the University of Louisville and served in the U.S. Army with the Armed Forces Radio and TV network services in Tokyo. He retired in 2010 after working as a radio and television personality in Elkhart since 1967. He hosted Good Morning Michiana on WSJV for 25 years and was a WTRC radio personality.
He attended Faith United Methodist Church and was a lifetime member of the Jaycees and a charter member of other Jaycee chapters. He was formerly on the Board of Directors of the Humane Society Elkhart County and hosted the Muscular Dystrophy Labor Day Telethon for 23 years on TV.
Visitation for Bill will be from 2 to 5 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, May 12, at Faith United Methodist Church and for an hour prior to the 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 13, memorial service at Faith United Methodist Church. Pastor John Hogsett will officiate. Interment will be in St. Vincent's Cemetery at a later date.
Memorials may be given to the American Cancer Society, the Muscular Dystrophy Association or Ryan’s Place.
Stemm-Lawson-Peterson Funeral Home is entrusted with arrangements.
Online condolences may be sent to Stemm-Lawson Peterson Funeral and Cremation Center.