For 35 years, Bill J. Viles lived near Delaware Elementary School in central Springfield just south of Rountree. It’s where he raised his four children, and it was a quick trip from home to his company, BJ’s Trophy Shop, on Sunshine Street. Now retired and with seven grandchildren, most of whom live locally, he and fiancee Debbie Murphy dreamed of a home that could host family gatherings and fundraisers for area nonprofits. So in 2014, they purchased two lots in Viles’ old neighborhood from Mike Dobbs. Dobbs is owner of Dobbs & Stuhlstaz Custom Homes and is the mastermind behind homes such as the African Queen in southeast Springfield.
The partnership was meant to be. Dobbs, who used to live in Rountree, always dreamed of building where Viles and Murphy’s new home now sits. He also had the vision and creativity Viles and Murphy were looking for. “He is an incredible builder,” Viles says.