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In Memoriam: William (Bill) Mitchener, Alcast Company

Friday, February 15, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Erin Russell
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William “Bill” A. Mitchener, founder of NFFS member foundry Alcast Company, peacefully entered the presence of Jesus on January 29, 2019, at UnityPoint Health-Methodist in Peoria, Illinois.

Bill was born on May 6, 1932, to William and Esther Mitchener in Meadville, Pennsylvania, and moved to Peoria as a young boy. He graduated from Peoria Central High School and then from Purdue University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Following his graduation, Bill served in the Air Force. He married Marilyn Peard on September 6, 1952, and they raised their daughters, Marty and Lynn, in Peoria.

After working for Caterpillar Tractor and National Aluminum, in 1970, Bill and Marilyn co-founded Alcast Company, a permanent mold aluminum foundry in Peoria that utilized an electromagnetic pump mechanism that Bill designed. This technique allowed the production of consistent, high quality castings capable of meeting very demanding performance requirements and earned Alcast a national reputation.

Following Marilyn’s passing at age 73, the Lord brought a second wonderful woman into Bill’s life, and he and Kay were married on October 21, 2006. She was the light of Bill’s life in his later years, and many happy memories were shared both in Peoria and at their winter home in Rockport, Texas.

Bill will be missed by many good friends both in Illinois and in Texas. They would use words like generous, kind, and a man of integrity to describe him. His laugh and his warm smile will not be forgotten. Friends would also tell you that as much as Bill was respected as an engineer, a business owner, and a competitive sailor, he was even more respected for how he treated people. As Alcast Company grew, Bill made it possible for employees to become co-owners of the business. During all the years that he enjoyed competitive sailing, Bill would be the first person to welcome a new sailor to the fleet and gladly share his years of experience to help them improve. He was quiet about his faith in Jesus, but he became certain of that faith-based relationship in his later years. His family takes great comfort in knowing that he is in heaven, and that they will see him again. Bill was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Rockport, Texas, and attended First United Methodist Church in Chillicothe, Illinois.

A memorial to Bill can be viewed at the Alcast Company website, Memorial contributions may be made to the Ivy Boating Foundation in Peoria Heights, Illinois; the Salvation Army; or a charity of your choice.

On behalf of the Non-Ferrous Founders’ Society, we offer our condolences to the Mitchener family and the employees of Alcast Company.

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