William “Bill” Lloyd Jeffers, age 80, of Rushford, Minn., passed away surrounded by family at home after a three-year battle with cancer ,on November 22, 2022. William was born on July 8, 1942, to parents Lloyd and Aletha (Young) Jeffers in Preston, Minn.
Bill was raised on a farm near Peterson and graduated from Peterson High School in 1960. He enlisted into the Army Reserve in October 1964 – October 1970. On November 26, 1969, he was united in marriage to Carol (Eickhoff) Utley. He welcomed three little girls, Star, Alecia, and Sandi, into his life with that union. Bill and Carol adopted a son, Reid, in 1973 and their family became complete.
Throughout his lifetime, he had been a logger, dairy and hog farmer, and worked for the State of Minnesota Highway Maintenance Department. He enjoyed traveling, attending his grandchildren’s activities, watching sports of all kinds, and spending time with family and friends. He also enjoyed listening to classic country music. Bill and Carol were fortunate to enjoy part of their retirement in Arizona for eight years.
Bill is survived by his wife Carol Jeffers, children Star, Alecia (Lowell), and Reid (Kristi); 10 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, and siblings John, Tom, Judy, and Chuck Jeffers.
He was preceded in death by his parents Lloyd and Aletha, daughter Sandi Utley, infant granddaughter, parents-in-law Eddie and Edna Eickhoff, and brothers James Garvalia and Richard Jeffers.
A memorial service for Bill will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 26, 2022, at Rushford Lutheran Church, with Pastor Steve Chellew officiating. Rushford Lutheran Church will live stream the service. Visitation will be held from 9-11 a.m. prior to the service at church. Burial will be held at a later date at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Preston, Minn. Hoff Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. www.hofffuneral.com