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William J. "Bill" Cayton

August 13, 1937 — November 19, 2020

William J. Cayton, 83, of Decatur, passed away Thursday, November 19, 2020, in his home, surrounded by his loving family. 


Bill was born August 13, 1937, in West Lebanon, IN to Joseph and Flora Jean (Shatell) Cayton. He proudly served in the United States Army in Korea. He married Gertrude Huff on March 29, 1996 in Bloomington, IL.


Bill was very involved in the community including, DAV, Elks, Moose, Shriners, Mason’s and American Legion. He was an avid golfer and a member of Big Dummy Golf League. Bill retired as general manager from Air Float Corp and for many years enjoyed the Illinois winters in South Texas. 


He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Gertrude; his two sons, Tim Cayton of Michigan, Troy (Theresa) Cayton of Goodland, IN; his daughter, Tracie (Ed) Massar of Michigan; two step-sons, Steven (Michelle) Huff and Cliff (Darla) Huff; one step-daughter, Heidi (Danny) Rea; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; one sister, Sandy Reynolds; and his beloved horse, Little Joe. 


He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Mary Helen who he married in 1957; one son, in infancy, Billy Joe Cayton; a sister, Dorothea Bird; and a granddaughter, Monica Rentfrow. 


Funeral services to celebrate the life of Bill Cayton will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, November 24, 2020, at Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Tuesday before the service at the funeral home. Graveside services will be at West Lebanon Cemetery in West Lebanon, IN at 3:00 p.m. following the service with full military honors.


The family of Bill Cayton is being served by Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home, 2091 N. Oakland Ave. Decatur, IL and Grady Funeral Home 111 E Monroe St, Williamsport, IN 47993 Please view the online obituary, send condolences, and share memories at 

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