William Stairwalt

Godfrey | Wednesday, January 4 2023 |

William Stairwalt, 95, died Wednesday, January 4, 2023, at Eunice Smith Nursing Home.  Born February 4, 1928, in London Mills, IL, he was the son of Russell Byron and Anna L. (Voorhees) Stairwalt.  Mr. Stairwalt served in the U.S. Army during WWII and was a member of Godfrey First United Methodist Church.  He retired as a school teacher having worked in Sparta, Edwardsville, and Libertyville as chairman of Industrial Arts.  On June 2, 1956, he married the former Helen Wood in Sparta, IL.  She survives, also surviving are two children, Mark William Stairwalt of Sparta, WI, and daughter Beth and grandson, Zachary Lampman. 

Avid square dancers, Bill and Helen also taught Round Dancing throughout the Midwest and were invited to teach in New Zealand and Australia.   

Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the memorial service at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, January 14, 2023, at the Godfrey First United Methodist Church. 

Memorials may be made to Godfrey First United Methodist Church.

Gent Funeral Home in Alton is in charge of arrangements.  Online guestbook and information may be found at

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