FORT BRANCH — William H. “Bill” McEllhiney, 86, of Fort Branch, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019, at The Waters of Princeton.

He was born March 27, 1932, in Princeton, to Henry W. and Helen (Gaskins) McEllhiney.

Bill lived in the Francisco area most of his life and he was a farmer. He was a former member of St. Joseph Catholic Church. He was a former member of the Gibson County Farm Bureau, former member on East Gibson School Board and member of the Lions Club. He was a trumpet player and played in bands in his earlier years.

He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Barbara McEllhiney of Fort Branch; children, Stan McEllhiney of Princeton, John McEllhiney (Georgia) of Princeton, Jeff McEllhiney (Barbara) of Boonville, Bridget Reidford of Haubstadt, Rob McEllhiney (Dawn) of Nashville, Tennessee and James McEllhiney (Lisa) of Francisco; daughter-in-law, Kathleen McEllhiney of Huntingburg, Indiana; 15 grandchildren; and numerous great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Steven McEllhiney; son-in-law, Randy Reidford; brother, James McEllhiney; and a sister, Rose McEllhiney.

Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 14, 2019, at Colvin Funeral Home in Princeton, officiated by Stan McEllhiney. Burial will follow at Fairview Cemetery east of Princeton. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until service time Monday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, 6100 Dutchman Lane, Suite 401, Louisville, KY 40205-3284. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. The Colvin Funeral Home is honored to be serving Bill’s family. You may leave a message of sympathy or light a memorial candle in memory of Bill at

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