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“Our thoughts and prayers go out to Bax and the family. Bill was a leader who set the tone for family owned businesses across our industry. His...Read More »
1 of 45 | Posted by: Presley, Mark & Adam Melton

“To "Bax" and family: was just catching up with last months Funeral Insider and saw that your dad had died. So sorry to hear. I still remember...Read More »
2 of 45 | Posted by: Russel Floyd

“My condolences go out to his family. I got to know him in the 60's & 70's when I worked for the Howard H. Hubbard Funeral Home in Baltimore, Md. ...Read More »
3 of 45 | Posted by: Gary L. Kaufman

“My condolences to the family of Bill Backman. I enjoyed working with Cathey and Bill on their home. My granddaughter, with her girl scout troop,...Read More »
4 of 45 | Posted by: mary jane terrill evans

“A giant of a man. A man whose presence made a business meeting more motivating, a camp fire warmer, a joke funnier and a hunting experience more...Read More »
5 of 45 | Posted by: Mike Fahey

“Bax, your dad was a leader and a man of direction. He had a way of making you feel good about any task at hand. His laugh & personality will be...Read More »
6 of 45 | Posted by: Roger & Barbara Grizzel

“Our condolences to the family. Bill touched more lives than can be imagined and made each one better for it including ours. He lived an incredible...Read More »
7 of 45 | Posted by: Mike and Janice Hine

“Dear Beloved Backman Family, We are so blessed to have known "Big Bill". He will forever live in our Hearts and minds with his tremendous smile and...Read More »
8 of 45 | Posted by: Lucy Lail - Fort Lauderdale, FL

“Sorry to hear about Bill, I know we will all miss him. Enjoyed visiting with him the time that we met him. ”
9 of 45 | Posted by: LaRay & Carolyn Johnson

“Kathey and Family, Bill was such a kind person to so many. When my husband was at Ridgewood, Bill would look out for him. My grandson met Mr Bill...Read More »
10 of 45 | Posted by: The Vic Fuller Family

“Dave, You and your Family are in my Prayers.GOD BLESS Him.Rob Hotaling ”
11 of 45 | Posted by: Rob Hotaling

“Bill and my father are now gone. My father and mother, Bill's sister Ina, had their wedding reception at the Big House in Aurora, and that era and...Read More »
12 of 45 | Posted by: Maco Stewart

“Bill was truly a class act and a man's man. He was a true gentleman and a great mentor to many. I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers. ...Read More »
13 of 45 | Posted by: Jim Flippen

“So sorry for your loss. May you find comfort and strength in God's promise found at John 6:40 ”
14 of 45 | Posted by: A friend

“God Bless Bill and his Family-Life is but a Blink but the Holy Spirit is for-ever ”
15 of 45 | Posted by: G.Man

“Cathy, Bax and family, what a great man Bill Backman was and will be missed. I have a lot of great memories of him and have been privileged to work...Read More »
16 of 45 | Posted by: David Bowman

“I was so sorry to hear about Bill's passing. Jerry Bondurant and I enjoyed stopping by and chatting with Bill. He was just a good man and we will...Read More »
17 of 45 | Posted by: PG Gentrup

“We would like to express our condolences to the Backman family. Our thoughts and prayers are with your whole during this difficult time. ”
18 of 45 | Posted by: Tim and Holli Miller and family

“RIP, prayers for Bax and the family. ”
19 of 45 | Posted by: Renda Thompson

“Sincere sympathy to the Backman family. My thoughts and prayers are with you ”
20 of 45 | Posted by: Gail Von Holle & Tom Bruns

“My thoughts and prayers are with you all through this very difficult time. May this very special man RIP . I know he will be missed terribly by all...Read More »
21 of 45 | Posted by: Laura Pelfrey

“We were sorry to hear of Mr. Bachman's passing. Sincerest sympathy. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. ”
22 of 45 | Posted by: Jim and Barbara Irons

“Bax, Mrs. Bachman and family, You have our deepest sympathy in the death of Bill. He was a gentleman we appreciated very much for many years and...Read More »
23 of 45 | Posted by: Robert Shelby

“You are now with the Lord. You will be missed. Prayers for Bill's love ones at this time of mourning. ”
24 of 45 | Posted by: Honeylyn

“Rest in peace, my prayers go out to your family. ”
25 of 45 | Posted by: Blake Wahl

“I only met Mr Backman once but had many chance to interact with Baxe. A class family through and through. Always concerned with their community,...Read More »
26 of 45 | Posted by: Randy Schoedinger

“Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time. ”
27 of 45 | Posted by: Fitch-Denney Funeral Home - IN

“My nem Chi Fischer I am employee aurora casket for 30 year im retired and my condolences for the family he is good man ”
28 of 45 | Posted by: Chi fischer

“My family and I are sorry to hear of Bill's passing. It was always a pleasure to see him at the conventions. We will keep him and his family in our...Read More »
29 of 45 | Posted by: Gerald Melancon

“My thoughts are with you in your loss.I will be praying for your family. ”
30 of 45 | Posted by: Donald Stirgus

“So sorry for your loss JB and the rest of the family, Death is never easy when you loose a loved one. If i can help in anyway JB you know how to...Read More »
31 of 45 | Posted by: Darryl and Melissa

“I'm very sorry for your loss. I have been an Aurora Casket employee for 30 years, I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Backman and he was a true...Read More »
32 of 45 | Posted by: Joe Hines

“Prayers to the family. He was such a kind, generous man. ”
33 of 45 | Posted by: Jenny Beare

“Prayers to the family on the loss of a great man. ”
34 of 45 | Posted by: Hassel w Brashears

“so sorry for your loss he was a good man.This is Kenny Peters sister' last seen him at the casino about a year ago they we're up there to eat about a...Read More »
35 of 45 | Posted by: Donna Vanostrand

“My prayers are for all the family he was a man that I have admired I all of my life No matter where we were at he always went out of his way to...Read More »
36 of 45 | Posted by: Ted chipman

“My sincere thoughts and prayers to the entire Blackman Family. Stopped in and had a nice visit with old Bill a few months back, wonderful visit....Read More »
37 of 45 | Posted by: Charlie Ray

“A true gentleman. ”
38 of 45 | Posted by: David Berg

“It has been said Bill is one of a kind. How true! RIP, my friend. ”
39 of 45 | Posted by: Johnny McClurd

“So sorry. This man's outstanding legacy will forever live in our hearts. Prayers to the entire family and friends. ”
40 of 45 | Posted by: Katrina Van Guelpen

“So sorry. Outstanding gentleman in all ways. ”
41 of 45 | Posted by: Max Miller

“His smile would light up a room, his laugh would put you at ease, his handshake instilled confidence. What a great leader & gentleman. Bax,...Read More »
42 of 45 | Posted by: Peter Martin & Bernardo Garcia

“So sorry for your family's loss! At least, like you said David, you were all there ?????? ”
43 of 45 | Posted by: Pat Ross

“I'm saddened to hear of Bill's passing.... Bill and my father were great friends and we have great memories of Bill and his family.....You were one...Read More »
44 of 45 | Posted by: Jim Wilson

“It is with a heavy heart that I post this condolence. I was not just an employee of Aurora Casket. I was a "family" member, as we all were. Bill and...Read More »
45 of 45 | Posted by: Bob (Fossey) Foster


WILLIAM D. "BILL" BACKMAN JR of Aurora, IN died March 1, 2017 at the age of 85. He was employed at Aurora Casket from 1948 until his retirement in 1993. During this time, he served as president from 1978–1993, CEO from 1983–1996 and chairman of the board from 1989–2002. He graduated from Wabash College in 1953 and later established the William D. Backman Sr Scholarship.