William (Bill) E. McColgin, 99, died February 8, 2018 at Hoosier Village in Indianapolis. He was born August 15, 1918 to Claude and Lottie (Green) McColgin near Greenwood, IN.
Bill graduated from Purdue University and its ROTC program as a US Army second lieutenant. He served in World War II from 1941-1946 in the European, Indian and Pacific Theaters, and the US Army Reserve until 1953, where he was discharged as a Major.
After the war, Bill used his civil engineering degree working for the Pennsylvania Railroad until 1951. He moved his family back to Indiana and partnered with father-in-law, Lowell Carey, and farmed Carey Farms near Westfield, retiring in 1985.
A member of Sheridan Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), he served as an elder and chairman of the board. Bill was a member of the Westfield Lions Club where he served as its president, a member of the American Legion, and served as a member of the Westfield Zoning and Planning Boards.
On September 26, 1943, Bill married Helen Carey and they celebrated 71 years of marriage before her death in 2015. He is also preceded in death by granddaughter, Allison McColgin. Bill is survived by sons, William C. (Becky), Bob (Alice) McColgin, Jim (Libby) McColgin, and Jerry (Tara) McColgin; 12 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.
Services will be held at 10:30 am on February 12, 2018 at Randall & Roberts Funeral Center, 1685 Westfield Road in Noblesville, with visitation on Sunday, February 11, 2018 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm, and an hour before the service. Pastor Andrew Roberts will officiate. Burial will be immediately following the service at Summit Lawn Cemetery in Westfield.
Memorial contributions may be made to First Christian Church, 107 West Third Street, PO Box 111, Sheridan, IN 46069; or Saint Vincent’s Hospice, c/o St. Vincent Foundation, 8402 Harcourt Road, Suite 210, Indianapolis, IN 46260.