Retired West Chicago Press Newspaper Publisher Dies

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Byline: Russell Lissau

H.W. "Bill" Treudt, a retired suburban journalist and publisher, died Wednesday at his son's home in West Chicago. He was 89.

Treudt spent his career with the West Chicago Press, working as a reporter, photographer, editor and eventually publisher. His grandfather, William Treudt, founded the newspaper when he bought an existing publication in 1911 and renamed it.

The Press remained in the Treudt family until Bill Treudt retired in 1979.

Born in Bucyrus, Ohio, Bill Treudt was studying journalism at the University of Illinois when World War II broke out, said Steve Treudt, one of his sons.

He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in January 1943 but contracted tuberculosis and was honorably discharged that June before he could be shipped overseas.

"It was one of those things that stuck with him," said Steve Treudt, also of West Chicago. "He was always disappointed that he didn't serve in a higher capacity."

After recovering stateside, Bill Treudt went to work at Howard Aircraft, a West Chicago company that made airplanes for the war effort. It stood on what is now the DuPage Airport, Steve Treudt said. …