Billy Close owned Lucky Lock in Roscoe


Billy Close, 57 of Rockton, IL, worked at I. Spinello Locksmith for 8 years. He then owned and operated Lucky Lock in Roscoe, IL for 27 years.

Billy died 1:05 a.m. Sunday, August 7, 2022 surrounded by his loving family at home after a brief illness.

He was born August 11, 1964 in Dubuque, IA, the son of Joseph Close and Pat (Barrett) Close. Billy attended St. Bridget's School, then White Swan School, Kinnikinnick SchoolHononegah High School, and Blackhawk Technical College. He married Fran French on September 14, 1991 in Rockford, IL. 

Survivors include wife Fran; daughters Elaine (Josh) Tibbel, Tiffany (Michael) Powell; son William "Wilbur" Close; grandchildren Kade, Marianna, Bailie, Isabella, Leon; mother Pat Close; sister Robin Close; brother Joe "Kokie" Close; and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his father Joseph Close and by his sister Patty Jo Bagley.

A funeral ceremony will be held 11:00 a.m. on Monday, August 15, 2022 in McCorkle Funeral Home-Rockton Chapel, 767 N. Blackhawk Blvd., Rockton, IL with Pastor Scott Gibson. Burial will be in Rockton Township Cemetery. A visitation will be at the funeral home from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Sunday and from 10:00 am until ceremony on Monday.

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