William Philo Read,
52, who grew up in Chesterton and lived most recently in Hammond, passed
away on Tuesday, July 10, 2018, from a sudden illness.
He was born
December 22, 1965, in Chicago, the youngest son of long-time Indiana Dunes
activists Herbert and Charlotte Read, whose Dunes preservation efforts he
Bill is survived by
his parents; brothers John (and Sherrill), David (and Karen), Jim (and Pia)
and sister Suzy Hodge (and Brian); as well as nieces and nephews Jacquelyne,
Jonathon, Samantha, Allison, David, James, Jordana, Jessica, and Jennifer;
and numerous great-nieces and great-nephews.
Bill loved to tell
and listen to stories at family gatherings. He was one of the funniest men
on the planet. Family members remember his impish smile and open-hearted
He worked for
Catholic Charities in Chicago, helping young people who had spent their
childhood in foster care transition to independent lives as adults. He loved
the young people he worked with and took joy in their accomplishments.
His wide range of
interests included vintage cars, steam locomotives, prairie architecture,
antique clocks, watches, magazines, and lamps, film photography, and
restoring old houses. He saw the beauty in objects that most of the world
had forgotten, just as he saw the promise in young people whom others had
He loved his dogs.
He loved hiking in the Indiana Dunes. Above all he loved his family.
A Celebration of
Life service will be held at a later date.