Wilbur L. (Bill) McCormick, 55, of Evansville, IN, passed away unexpectedly due to a heart attack on April 20, 2018 at his home on his adopted West Side of Evansville, IN.
Bill was born to Wilbur and Clara Jo Memering on September 2, 1962, in Vincennes, IN. His father passed away when he was 10 months old and he was raised by his mother and Ray McCormick, whom Bill loved and respected a great deal.
Bill is survived by his daughter, McKenzie Raye McCormick of St. Petersburg, FL, a son, Nick (Laura) Crawley of Evansville, and the mother of his children, Janet (Mueller) McCormick of St. Petersburg; two grandchildren, Henry and Eleanor Crawley.
Bill also is survived by his mother, Clara Jo (Jerry) Arnold, of Evansville, brother, Eric (Lisa) McCormick, of Noblesville, IN, sisters Gina (Scott) Titzer of Newburgh, and Sara (Miguel) Mendez, of Roswell, GA; nephews Jacob and Mitchell McCormick of Noblesville, William Titzer of Newburgh, and Maxwell Mendez of Roswell; and a niece, Jessica Titzer of Louisville, KY.
Bill was preceded in death by his biological father, Wilbur Memering, his adoptive father, Ray McCormick, and his grandparents. A true family man, he coached youth sports for many years and was at every dance competition, never once complaining about the music.
Bill graduated from Castle High School in 1980 where he played basketball and ran cross-country. He attended the University of Southern Indiana and the University of Evansville where he especially enjoyed DJing on the college radio station. He especially enjoyed his Newburgh Elementary years and the lifelong friends he made.
There likely was never a negotiator or sales person more suited to the profession. Bill’s business skills in telecommunications took him through a career with MCI, AT&T, and WOW. He then founded McCormick Communications where his production earned him numerous national awards with companies he represented. He also owned Wilbur’s Fine Cigars and said it had to be the “greatest job ever.” He loved IU basketball; he had season tickets. He loved the Indianapolis 500, and went every year for many years, developing relationships with top drivers and teams. May was his month. Bill never did anything halfway. Somehow Bill was able to get 25 hours into every day.
Bill enjoyed playing guitar, being out on the lake boating, grilling for friends and playing ping-ping, where he often held the actual crown. He loved his pets; all were adopted. Animals with problems could find a home at Bill’s home.
He will be missed terribly by those who knew him: friends and neighbors at Rough River Lake in Kentucky; friends in Florida where he vacationed and visited his daughter; all his West Side friends and especially his neighbors; and the Newburgh connection. He had tremendous friendships everywhere. He did not care if you were the CEO or working minimum wage, he literally never met a stranger.
Bill loved his mother and family very deeply and will be so missed. Bill was proud to be an organ donor.
Visitation will be at 2 to 7 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at Titzer Family Funeral Homes, Simpson Chapel, 510 W. Jennings St., Newburgh, IN, (812) 853-8314.
A Catholic Mass celebrating Bill’s life will be held 10 a.m., Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at St. John the Baptist Church, 625 Frame Rd., Newburgh, IN. Burial will follow in St. John’s Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to the Vanderburgh Humane Society, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, or Redfox Track-N-Trail charity.