William (Bill) Hovey, 90, of Springfield passed away Friday, November 1, 2019, in Springfield.
Bill was born August 17, 1929, in Loami, the son of Raymond and Sadie (Daugherty) Hovey. He married his high school sweetheart, Lois, in 1952. She preceded him in death in 1972. He later married Rosalind Kitchen in 1994. She preceded him in death in 2010.
Bill began his career at Loami Grade School as the youngest principal ever in Illinois. In 1952, he moved on to teach and coach multiple sports at New Berlin High School. In 1960, he coached the now legendary New Berlin High School basketball team, to a record of 25-2. He completed his Master's Degree in Educational Administration from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign prior to accepting the job of principal of Glenwood High School in 1960.
He was appointed Superintendent of the Ball-Chatham School District in 1963, and served in that capacity for 25 years until his retirement in 1988. During his tenure as Superintendent, he contributed to the growth and influence of the schools. He was instrumental in passing a bond referendum to build Glenwood Intermediate School (then Glenwood Junior High School); and guided the district through two building additions to Glenwood High School (now Glenwood Middle School), Ball Elementary, and Chatham Elementary. Bill's influence extended to the surrounding community as well. He, along with Ball-Chatham's Board of Education, hosted developmental meetings that led to the establishment of Lincoln Land Community College. Additionally, Bill—along with six other superintendents—were the driving force in establishing the Sangamon Area Special Education District. He was also instrumental in the formation of the Capital Area Career Center. Bill continued to support the Ball-Chatham School District post-retirement by attending as many extra-curricular activities and sporting events as time would allow.
Bill was an active member and supporter of Cherry Hills Church, Illinois Association of School Administrators, WIU Alumni Association, U of I Alumni Association, Springfield Sports Hall of Fame, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Surviving are his sons, Robyn (Christie) of Springfield and Brian Hovey of Pembroke Pines, Florida, Bill Kitchen of Colorado Springs, Colorado, and daughter, Betsy (Tim) Schroeder of Springfield; and four grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at Cherry Hills Church Wednesday, November 6. A private burial for family will take place later in Jacksonville.
For those who wish, memorials may be made to the Ball-Chatham Educational Foundation (BCEF), Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), or the Springfield Sports Hall of Fame. Staab Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.