William E. VanAlstyne
William E. “Bill” VanAlstyne, 43, of Carbondale, formerly of Cullom, Ill., died at 12:40 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 7, 2008, in Three Forks, Mont. Funeral Services will take place at 11:30 a. m. Tuesday at the Martin Burke Funeral Home in Cullom, Ill., with Msgr. Thomas Mack officiating. Visitation will take place Tuesday from 10:30 a.m. until the hour of service. Burial will take place at St. John’s Catholic Cemetery in Cullom. The family suggests memorials be directed to an education fund for his daughter, Alex VanAlstyne, at Vectra Bank in Aspen. Bill was born on June 4, 1964, in Normal, Ill., a son of James B. and Margaret A. (Ginter) VanAlstyne. He is survived by one daughter, Alexandria C. VanAlstyne of Carbondale; his mother, Margaret VanAlstyne of Cullom, Ill.; two sisters, Mary Jo (Joe) McBride, Jacquelyn (Tim) Goscha of Rifle; one brother, Michael VanAlstyne of Fort Collins; one niece, Kiley; two nephews, J. D. and Aidan, all of Fort Collins; his step paternal grandfather, Warren Crawford of Cullom; and three aunts. He was preceded in death by his father, James B. VanAlstyne, and his grandparents. Bill graduated from Tri-Point High School in Cullom and attended Kankakee Community College specializing in welding. He had lived in Colorado for 22 years, mostly in the Roaring Fork Valley. He worked in property management and the fly-fishing industry. Recently, he was employed by Myers & Co as a welder. Bill’s interests were spending time with his daughter, fishing, elk hunting, golfing and skiing. A celebration of Bill’s life will take place at 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan 20, at Two Rivers Cafe in Basalt.
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