William (Bill) Jedlicka, 84, of Galt passed away on Dec. 15, 2020. He was born in Chicago, Illinois on Aug. 19, 1936 and grew up in Midlothian, Illinois.
Bill was drafted into the army in October 1959 and was transferred to Fort Dix, N.J., where he was placed in the 86th Corp of Engineers, serving in their sheet metal iron shop. After his discharge in 1962, he returned to Midlothian and worked out of Local No. 63 Ironworkers Union. Choosing to enjoy a warmer climate, Bill and his wife (Geraldine) Jerry relocated to California where he was employed by Palm Iron and Bridge until his retirement. After retirement, he worked as a courier for Farmers and Merchants Bank, a security officer, and volunteered for the Galt C.A.P.S. program. Bill was a member of Oak Lawn Masonic Lodge No. 1166 and Master in 1978 in Illinois. He later became a member of Woodbridge Masonic Lodge No. 131 in California. He was a member of the Dakota Club in Lodi and a member of the Moose Lodge in Lodi. He and Jerry enjoyed their home in Galt on three acres, their Labrador dogs, camping in their motorhome and 56 years of marriage.
Surviving him are his wife Jerry; three sons, Jeffrey, Mark (Pam), Christopher (Jennifer; and four grandchildren, Ana, Drake, Brock and Skye. Preceding him in death were his sister Charmaine, and parents William and Rose. Bill also has numerous nephews and nieces in the Chicago area. Bill is best known for being a kind, hardworking and helpful man. His family and all those who knew him will miss him.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Bill’s name to the Shriners Children’s Hospital.