William “Bill” Dale Anstine, 75, of Tellico Village, passed away Aug. 8, 2020.
Bill was born in New Orleans, La., in 1944, and grew up in Hollywood, Fla. From age 6, Bill lived on the family ranch on Stirling Road where he developed a love of animals by caring for 10 Shetland ponies, a dog, a cat, domestic rabbits, ducks and geese, a pair of black swans and coups full of chickens. Bill also developed his athletic skills playing baseball, football, basketball and golf in the large back yard, swimming in the family pool, playing ping pong and pool in the garage and horseback riding and fishing on the ranch. Bill graduated from South Broward High School in 1962.
A lifelong learner, Bill graduated with a bachelor's in chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania in 1966. Bill was a member of the Beta Rho chapter of Sigma Nu at Penn. He received a master’s degree in chemistry from Georgia Tech in 1968. Later in life, he completed a master’s degree in engineering management from Northwestern University and a master’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Chicago. He loved to study the sciences and he was always in search of something new to learn.
After graduating from Georgia Tech, Bill moved to Chicago, Ill., to work for Standard Oil as a chemist. His thrust for knowledge and vision of the future led him to take every computer science course he could find. He quickly became an expert and played a leading role in converting the Standard Oil laboratories and refineries to computerized systems. He pursued his love of technology throughout his professional career. While in Chicago, he met the love of his life, Linda. They were married in 1973 and moved to Lake Bluff, Ill., where they resided for 25 years. They subsequently moved to Golden, Colo., where they resided for nine years before moving to Tellico Village in 2011.
Bill was also an avid investor and always enjoyed sharing this hobby with his son, Rob, now a portfolio manager. Bill loved to share his best investment ideas. He formed and participated in several investment groups throughout his life. Investing was an ongoing adventure that never ceased and was another avenue that he used to learn and grow.
Bill always remained steadfast in his faith and religion played an important role throughout his life. He was a member of the Community Church at Tellico Village and also enjoyed attending services and functions at First Baptist Church in Tellico Village. He was a frequent participant in Bible study groups and often took leadership roles in the churches he attended. Bill’s spirit for adventure and learning also led to a life full of rich experiences. Bill enjoyed traveling, experiencing new places, learning new things and meeting new people. He was an avid reader of anything related to investing, science or travel. He continued to subscribe to “Where to Retire” magazine throughout the 18 years of his retirement as he was always dreaming of his next adventure. A kind, thoughtful and generous man, Bill was an active volunteer with Rotary Club and Kiwanis.
Bill and Linda hosted several exchange students in their home over the years and it was something he truly enjoyed. Bill was a social, resourceful, creative man who was relentless in his pursuits. Bill enjoyed being athletic and outdoors, and he loved hiking and competitive sports like racquetball and squash.
Bill was preceded in death by his father, Dr. Dale Anstine and mother, Mabel Anstine. Bill is survived by his wife of 47 years, Linda Anstine; son, Robert (Regan) Anstine; grandchildren, Ashlyn Anstine and Liam Anstine; brother, Larry (Caryn) Anstine; and sisters, Elizabeth (David) Haines and Margaret Dierks.
Private services will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church in Tellico Village, 205 Chota Road, Loudon, TN 37774.
Click Funeral Home and Cremations-Tellico Village chapel is serving the family. www.clickfuneralhome.com