Mr. William Hobart Catlin
July 05, 1929 - April 02, 2012
William Hobart Catlin, Jr.
William "Bill" Hobart Catlin Jr; 82, of Palatine, Illinois, made his transition on Monday morning, April 2, 2012, at the Hospice and Palliative Care of Northeastern Illinois from complications of Dementia with Alhemizer's disease.
As a teenager, Bill began his working life by following his father and oldest brother into the Goodyear Rubber plant in Akron, Ohio. But, at the age of 17, he left the plant and joined the service, as a member of the United States Army, and proudly served with the United States 3rd Infantry Regiment "The Old Guard", the oldest active unit of infantry in the army, having been first organized as the First American Regiment in 1784. Bill was proud of his time in the service where he was assigned to the Sentinels of the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery, where he stood watch over one of the nation's most sacred sites, and participated in full honors funerals at Arlington for those members of the services interned there in respect of their service to their country.
After his time in the service, Bill entered Kent State University, under the G.I. Bill, where he was a member of the Delta Upsilon fraternity and graduated with a B.A. in Business. While at Kent State, Bill sang in a Barber Shop Quartet, which led to a life-long love of music. He was constantly singing and a great supporter of his grandchildren's musical endeavors.
Bill began his business career working as a salesman at the Halle Brothers Department Store in Cleveland, Ohio. Bill eventually left the retail side of sales, working first for the Mirro Aluminum Company and then the Rubbermaid Corporation as a housewares sales representative until he joined the sales firm of Wesselhoff and Stout. He left that firm to start his own endeavor Catlin/Rothbaum, and subsequently retired in 1992.
Bill was appointed to and served on the Hoffman Estates Fire and Police Commission in the early 1970's and was an active member of the Republican Organization of Schaumburg Township "ROOST" (predecessor to the current Schaumburg Township Republican Organization) during that same time.
Bill is survived by his wife of 35 years; Beverly Stull Catlin, and his children: Michael Catlin, and his wife Rashke of Denver, Colorado; Kristine Catlin VanCleve, and her husband Mark of Los Angeles, California; Karen Catlin and her life-partner Eduardo Vera of St. Louis, Missouri; and, their mother: Sally Rhodes Catlin of Hoffman Estates, Illinois; as well as his step-children: Vincent DeGiulio and his wife Jessica of Palatine, Illinois; Christine DeGiulio Barto, and her husband Michael of Palatine, Illinois; Anthony DeGiulio and his wife Stevie of Hopkins, Minnesota; and Angel DeGiulio Phelps, and her husband Matthew of Crystal Lake, Illinois.
In addition, he is survived by 19 grand, step-grand, and step-great-grand children: Taylor, Romy, Riley, Kate, Gabby, Lilly, Charlie, Maria, Gina, Ronnie, Anthony, Anna, Louis, Adrienne, Luke, Joey, Brady, Austin, and Mia.
After retiring, he enjoyed reading, gardening, crossword puzzles and loved spending time with his grand, step-grand, and step-great-grand children to whom he was known as Poppa and Ha-Ha. With a quick wit, everyone loved Bill, the loving center of an expansive and eclectic extended family.
A celebratory gathering will take place on Wednesday, April 4, 2012, from 3-9 PM, with a memorial service to begin at 7:30 PM at Smith-Corcoran Funeral Home, 185 E. Northwest Highway, Palatine, Illinois, 60067.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Northeastern Illinois, 405 Lake Zurich Road, Barrington, Illinois 60010.
Visitation: Map to Palatine Chapel