Retired pharmacist William J. Quilling loved his job.
Quilling, the first pharmacist at the Merrillville Target, became interested in the field while working at a Glen Park drug store in high school.
“He was a very caring person who always had time for his customers,” his wife Roseann Quilling said.
Married 47 years, the childhood sweethearts met at Lou Wallace High School.
“His locker was next to my first-hour class,” Roseann Quilling said. “I used to see him every morning.”
Roseann Quilling described her husband as “a big teddy bear.” Before he worked at Target, they owned two drug stores in Gary.
“We were best friends,” she said. “We did everything together. We worked together in our business. We would go to work together and come home at night together.”
Quilling, 72, of Crown Point, formerly of Merrillville and Gary, helped his wife with business decisions.
“He always gave me the right advice,” Roseann Quilling said.
Quilling was instrumental in planning for the building when his wife opened her own real estate office in St. John.
The couple’s travels included a trip to Italy and a cruise to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary. As part of the celebration, they renewed their vows with the same minister who married them in February 1966 at Merrillville’s Emmanuel Lutheran Church.
A Purdue graduate, Quilling was a competitive and passionate golfer, continuing to play after a below-the-knee amputation at age 59. Quilling golfed until about two years ago, his wife said.
Quilling talked to his best buddy, Thad Brody, every day, she said.
When he retired from Target, Quilling’s life became about taking care of his Yorkshire Terriers Bogie and Bacall, Roseann Quilling said.
Roseann Quilling said she will miss everything about her husband.
“He was my life,” she said.