Walter Thomas “Duffer” Mianowski

Walter Thomas Mianowski died peacefully on April 20, 2018, at the Care Center in Grand Marais.  Walt was overjoyed to be home again in his beloved community after a short stay in Silver Bay.

He was born on February 18, 1927, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Walter Richard Mianowski and Irene (Jocz) Mianowski.  Walt was given a treasured family name that he shared with his dad and an uncle.

The day he was born, Canada and the United States formally entered into diplomatic relations and the U.S. Senate passed the White-Duck Bill, Radio Act of 1927, establishing what is now the Federal Communications Commission.

Walt grew up during the Great Depression and only got to attend school through the eighth grade.  He did not let the hardship of his early years deter him from living a life of friendship and service to family, church, and community.

His first job was as a press operator for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, at age 16, earning $21 per week—pretty good for a teenager in the 1940s but not a living wage.

He went into construction at 18, a vocation he would follow for nearly three decades.  He worked on the Pennsylvania Turnpike, then Koppers, a big engineering and contraction company that sent him on projects in Ohio, Boston, and Baltimore.

Walt moved to Duluth in 1950.  It was in Duluth that he met Jane Wilsey, who was teaching at the school in Esko. They fell in love and got married in 1952.

Walt’s work took them back to West Virginia for a short time, but they missed the North Shore and settled in Grand Marais.  Walt worked on the construction of the Taconite Harbor plant and Jane began teaching in Grand Marais.

Walt worked for many years as the custodian at the old Grand Marais Elementary School.  Prior to that he worked construction for Isak Hansen and C.O. Backlund.  Walt and Jane owned and operated the Montgomery Ward catalogue store in Grand Marais from 1974-1985.

Walt loved to fish, especially at their cabin on Devil Track in the summer and curling in the winter.  He was a life-long golfer, not stopping until he could no longer see the ball. He and Jane loved travel and visited many countries, as well as many trips within the U.S., including Texas, to see their son, John.

Walt believed deeply in community and public service.  He was always looking for ways to help people, especially children.  He helped form Little League Baseball in Grand Marais, served as the announcer at football games, served as a volunteer fire fighter, was a member of the Grand Marais City Council and served as mayor.  Walt also served as a county commissioner, was a founding board member of the Violence Prevention Center, was a member of the Arrowhead Regional Development Commission and the Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Board, a member of the Board for the Council on Aging, the Park Board, and an active member of First Congregational Church.

Walt was a long-time leader in the Lions Club, holding many offices including President and District Governor, and was awarded a life membership.

He became a Mason, completing the final degree to become a Shriner.

Generations of children remember Walt as Duffer the Clown, and more kids than can be counted have played with smiley balloons given to them by Walt.  Over the years, Walt gave joy to young and old, leaving a legacy of laughter, kindness and friendship.

Walt was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Irene, and his beloved wife, Jane.

He is survived by his son, John Mianowski, Grand Marais, his sister Dorothy (Jack) Muller, Zelienope, PA, and special friend Geri Jensen, and a niece and nephew.

A memorial service will be held at the Congregational church on July 21, 2018, at 11:00 a.m.  The family requests that memorials be designated for the Shriners Hospitals for Children.

John Frederick Allen was born on March 18, 1947 in London, Minnesota. His parents were the late Harold “Dick” and Ruth Marie (Nelson) Allen. John graduated from Austin Central High School with the class of 1965. He received a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Minnesota.

John was a “Jack of all Trades.” One of his first jobs was working for the U.S. Forest Service, building campgrounds in the Boundary Waters of Minnesota. This was when he fell in love with the North Shore.

He then moved on to various construction projects and finally became project manager for wood manufacturing industries that took him to China, Mexico and various places around the United States.

His love for the North Shore always brought him back to Minnesota. He became semi-retired and did odd jobs around the community and finally became a summer canoe guide for a local resort on the North Shore.

John resided in Schroeder, Minnesota. He could be seen walking, riding his bike or flying a kite around the area. He enjoyed attending Blues and Jazz festivals and was very talented at playing an array of instruments. John could often be found jamming with other musicians with his washtub bass fiddle. He also had a reputation as being the best dance partner on the North Shore.

On February 23, 2018 John passed away at Fair Oaks Lodge in Wadena, Minnesota at 70 years of age. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends. Preceding John in death were his parents.

John is survived by his sisters: Sharon Schmeling (Tim Anderson) of Austin, Minnesota and Bonnie Moen (Al) of Eau Claire, Wisconsin and their families. A special thank you goes to Cortney and her staff at Barross Manor in Two Harbors, Minnesota for the care and love they gave to John for the past two years.

A Celebration of Life for his North Shore friends will be held Saturday, June 30, at noon at the Schroeder Town Hall.

Those who wish to attend are asked to bring their memories of
John and a dish to pass. Brats and lemonade will be provided.
Musicians invited to bring instruments for any impromptu tributes.

Nelda Jean Westerlind

Nelda Jean Westerlind passed away on Monday June 4, 2018 at home surrounded by her loved ones.

Nelda was born in Mineral Center, Minnesota on April 1, 1930 to Martin and Teresa Bockovich. She graduated from high school in Cook County in 1947 and went on to business school in Duluth. After business school she worked briefly for Associated Loan Co., Duluth; Central Wholesale Coop, Superior; and Beck Furniture of Duluth before going to work as a civilian employee for the federal government.

She worked in Washington, D.C. for USMC Air, keeping track of where all members of the Marine Air Corp were stationed. She moved to North Carolina in February 1951 and started working at Camp Lejeune in the maintenance department. While working at Camp Lejeune, she met Palmer Westerlind and they were married on May 3, 1953 in North Dakota.

They lived in Garrison, North Dakota where their daughter Susan was born. After moving to a logging camp in Minnesota, they had three sons, Martin, Dennis and Eugene. They moved to Grand Marais in 1964.

After all her children were in school, Nelda worked at various different jobs including the veneer plant, Photo Art Shop (currently White Pine North), Sunday newspaper delivery, U.S. Postal Service and Cook County Soil and Water. She retired in 1992.

She was an active member of the First Baptist Church (currently Cornerstone Church) and held many offices and worked on numerous committees and boards over the years. Her church and church family were important parts of her life over the years.

She volunteered for numerous organizations, including the March of Dimes National Foundation, the PTA, local cancer clinics and the Cook County Historical Society. She was a leader for the Rose Harbor 4-H Club and was the “Daffodil Lady” for the American Cancer Society.  She was the 2001 Senior Citizen of the Year.

Nelda most enjoyed spending time with family at large holiday gatherings, at family game nights, card parties with her sisters and sister-in-law and at Labor Day gatherings at the family farm.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Palmer; brothers, Halbert, Gilbert, Robert and Bruce and sister, Joan.

She is survived by her sisters Nona Smith and Florence Bloomquist and her brother Richard Bockovich; her daughter Susan; sons Martin, Dennis and Eugene; grandson Roger (Andrea); granddaughter Rebecca (Henry); great granddaughters RosaBella and Nevaeh; and dozens of nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers Nelda requested memorials be given to Cornerstone Church or the Cancer Society.

Nelda was cremated and her memorial service will be at Cornerstone Church on Tuesday, June 19 at 1:00 p.m. There will be time for visiting with the family beginning at noon and also following the service.

 

 

Joanne Therese Hart

Joanne Therese Hart, poet and long-time resident of Morris, Minnesota and Grand Portage, Minnesota, died peacefully at Sannes Skogdalen Heim in Soldiers Grove, Wisconsin on Saturday, April 28, 2018. Born September 25, 1927, she was 90 years old. Joanne’s devotion to inscribing in poetry the meditative quality of life centered in the non-human world is her legacy to the many who admire her life and work.

Joanne was born in Weehawken, New Jersey to Clarence and Harriet Velz and grew up in Hastings on Hudson, New York. From an early age, she showed an affinity for the literary arts. She graduated with high honors from the College of St Catherine in St. Paul, Minnesota.

She married Dean J. Converse in 1949 and bore two sons. She was widowed in 1953. In 1957, she married Nathaniel Hart, with whom she had six more children.

They moved to Morris, where Nathaniel was employed at the University of Minnesota, Morris. Joanne became immersed in the community, where she served in the League of Women Voters, was a voice for progressive policy issues, and raised funds to build a new public library. Joanne’s continued advocacy for improved library services in Minnesota led to her appointment as a delegate to the first White House Conference on Library and Information Services.

In 1974, the family moved to 47 acres on the Pigeon River in the Grand Portage Indian Reservation where, in Joanne’s words: “We lead a simplified life with few conveniences, no TV or plumbing, lots of fresh air and natural beauty.”

Many members of the Grand Portage Band became dear friends with Joanne during the decades she lived on their reservation. Their shared knowledge, respect, and good humor were central to Joanne’s well-being and inspiration.

By the Pigeon River, she wrote poetry, which was published in Dacotah Territory, Sing Heavenly Muse!, Women’s Times, Touchstone, and Great River Review, among others. She was a Fellow at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, where William Stafford was her mentor. She has three chapbooks of poetry: In These Hills, I Walk on the River at Dawn, and The Village Schoolmaster.

In 1992, she joined with visual artist Hazel Belvo to create Witch Tree: A Collaboration. This conjunction of wood cuts and poems about an ancient “spirit place” on Lake Superior’s north shore may be Joanne’s best-known work.

Joanne is preceded in death by her parents; her siblings John and Martha; her first and second husbands, Dean and Nathaniel; and an infant grandson, Elijah.

She is survived by her sister Mary Catherine Jarvis; several nieces and nephews; her children, John, Thomas, Marya, Naomi, Agnes, Natalie, David, and Joseph, and dozens of grandchildren and great-grandchildren, for whom she knitted countless sweaters, mittens, hats, scarves, socks, and dolls.

A memorial gathering will be held for Joanne on Saturday, June 16 at St. Peter Claver Church, 375 North Oxford Street, St. Paul, MN. Visitation begins at 9:30; sharing stories and poems at 10:30; liturgy of the word at 11:00 a.m.

A second memorial is planned for later in the year in Grand Portage, Minnesota.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests checks made out to Grand Portage Reservation Tribal Council for an educational scholarship fund in Joanne’s name.

Suzonne Denise Thomas

It is with enduring love and devotion that the family of Suzonne Denise Thomas announces her passing after a months-long battle with cancer on Monday, April 23, 2018 at the age of 55 years.

Denise was born on May 11, 1962.  A native of Fort Worth, Texas, Denise spent her childhood and teen years heavily involved in her church and Baptist youth group where she was a beloved member, devout supporter and mentor for others.

She graduated from Western Hills High School and went on to earn a Bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Sam Houston State University with a focus in juvenile justice.  Denise became keenly interested in pursuing work to help troubled youth while still in high school after learning about the profession from a friend and mentor “JJ” who was a loss prevention officer with the Fort Worth Police Department.

After graduation from SHSU, Denise went to work for Edna Gladney Home in Fort Worth, working with foster youth. She later moved to Victoria, Texas and worked for six years with drug-addicted youth in need of mental health services at Devereux Behavioral Services. Subsequently, she moved back to Fort Worth to work for The Bridge, Fort Worth’s Emergency Youth Shelter for homeless youth.  Denise also worked for the Buckner Children’s Home in Dallas where she worked with youth who had become involved with the juvenile crime system, or whose parents were incarcerated.

Denise later developed an interest in and began visiting the far northern states of Minnesota and Wisconsin and fell in love with the scenic landscapes and people of that area.  She moved to Minnesota and spent the next 16 years of her life happily living in the beautiful surrounds of Grand Marais, Minnesota, working in this resort community, developing and enjoying many warm and lasting friendships, and becoming an integral part of the local community.

She loved to bake and often surprised her friends and co-workers with cookies, cakes, and other baked delights.

Throughout her life, Denise was a devoted Aunt to her many nieces and nephews.  She is remembered with deep love and affection by them all.

Denise is preceded in death by her father, James Ray Thomas.

Denise is survived by her mother, Jeni Lott Thomas; sister Debbie Thomas Beyea; brother Steven Thomas; sister-in-law Melinda Wagner Thomas; niece Jennifer Thomas Pope and husband Andrew; niece Stephanie Thomas Houlihan and husband Patrick; nephew Phillip Beyea and wife Jody; nephew Zach Thomas, nephew Galen Beyea, and nine grandnieces and grandnephews.

A celebration of Denise’s life will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 27, 2018, at Western Hills Community Church at 8500 Chapin Road, Fort Worth, Texas 76117.

Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to Community Hospice of Texas, 6100 Western Place, Suite 105, Fort Worth, TX 76107, or online at https://www.chot.org/about/donate-to-us/.

 

 

Harriet Walsh

Harriet Walsh passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Apr.  3, 2018 at the North Shore Care Center in Grand Marais. She was 95 years old and had just celebrated her birthday with a lovely party with family and friends.

Harriet was born in Poland, Maine on Mar. 6, 1923 to Emery and Nettlie Hackett. She graduated from Mechanic Falls, Maine High School in 1940, being the last from her class.

She is survived by children, Billy (Carol) Hackett, Grand Portage, Ada Hill, Grand Marais, Joe (Sandy) Walsh, Tavares, Florida, Peter Walsh, Finland, Minnesota, Wendy (Tim) Hill, Torrington, Connecticut; stepson,  Michael (Gerry) Walsh, Poland Springs, Maine, 12 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law Geneva Hackett, Aburn, Miane and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers Robert, Bill, Parker, John, and Ralph; sisters-in-law Betty and Margaret, partner Harold (Shine) Smith and son-in-law Philip Hill.

She retired at age 62 from Cook County Home Health. She then enjoyed camping, gardening, and her passion—fishing. She could be seen out at night with her flashlight gathering night crawlers for her worm bed. She could also be seen most days, heading north for fishing at one of her favorite lakes, always carrying her chair and fishing  gear in the trunk.

Harriet volunteered her time to AARP tax preparation services; was an election judge and served on various boards.

She will be laid to rest at Maple Hill Cemetery with a graveside service on June 23, “when the phlox are in bloom.” Service details to be announced.

She will be sadly missed by her family and friends.

 

Stanley A. Suck

Stanley A. Suck, 84, died in Casa Grande, Arizona on Jan. 25, 2018.

He was born in Grand Island, Nebraska on Dec. 15, 1933 and grew up on a farm near Phillips, Nebraska, graduating from Phillips High School in 1951. He attended one year of college in Hastings, Nebraska but couldn’t decide on a major course of study, so he took a job in Washington, D.C. as a typist for the Department of the Navy. Within six months he discovered that being in an office all day, every day, was not for him.

He enlisted in the Coast Guard. While in Boot Camp in Cape May, N.J., he had the honor of marching in President Eisenhower’s inaugural parade. He was quick to point out that it was simply a matter of being in the right place at the right time.

He proudly served his country in Ohio, Seattle, Alaska (on isolated duty), Grand Marais and Isle Royale. He was discharged in October 1956 from active duty but 20 years later he joined the Coast Guard Reserve Unit in Duluth as a Port Security Officer, retiring in 1993 with 20 years. He thoroughly enjoyed the work and the “Coasties” he encountered there.

He married Edna Hammer in July 1955. They lived in Nebraska, returning to Grand Marais in 1968, when Stan was hired by the City of Grand Marais as a patrolman. In Nebraska, he worked at various law enforcement agencies.

In May 1976, he was wed to Sally Smith. By this time, he was Chief of Police and continued as such until retirement in 1995. But, he “failed retirement” and soon went back to work as a bailiff and transport officer for the Cook County Sheriff ’s Office, a job he held until age 76. This job allowed him to spend four months each winter in Arizona, which had been his dream for many years.

Sally and Stan spent 18 winters at their home in Coolidge, Arizona in the sunshine and he loved every minute. He made several wonderful friends there. When medical problems made things more difficult, he adapted, and family and friends helped him lead a somewhat normal life. He had an incredible will to live.

The past two winters, he rode a recumbent bike around the park. He needed help to get on and off and his feet had to be strapped to the pedals, but he made five miles nearly every day, of which he was very proud. He could stop to rest if needed or visit a bit with park residents and they all looked out for him.

Surviving are his wife of nearly 42 years, Sally; daughter, Sandy Petty; sons Randal Scott, Tim Suck and Jeff Sook; eight grandchildren and three great- grandchildren; sister, Geraldine (Gene) Carlson; brother, Norris (Ruby) Zook and several nieces and nephews; and his mother-in-law, Nona Smith.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Minnie; a brother, Donald; a nephew, Todd; and many aunts and uncles.

Stan was a member of First Congregational Church in Grand Marais, the Platte Deutsche Club in Grand Island, Nebraska, and was a Mason, receiving his 60-year pin in November 2016. He also served on the Grand Marais Fire Department for 22 years.

Stan was most grateful, and the family thankful, for Dr. Paul Terrill’s excellent care during several years of unusual medical problems. Keeping it all straight couldn’t have been easy.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 19 at the Congregational Church, 300 W. Second St., Grand Marais.

Lucille M (Kasner) Pettijohn

Lu Pettijohn, 104, Grand Marais, died Tuesday April 3, 2018 at North Shore Health.

She was born July 13, 1913 to John and Estelle (Willing) Kasner in Foley, Minnesota.  She grew up in Foley, Hibbing, and St. Cloud, graduating from Cathedral High School in St. Cloud.

She entered St. Mary’s School of Nursing in 1931 and graduated in 1934. She served as a U.S. Army nurse from April ’41 to August ’46, starting at Fort Leonard Wood in the Army, then later in the Air Corps and Troup Carrier, covering seven bases.

After her discharge, she worked in Minneapolis, then in Kansas City for TWA.  Following that, she worked at the V.A. Hospital in St. Cloud for 17 years, until her resignation in 1965 as Acting Chief Nurse.

Lu married Carl Pettijohn on April 23, 1965.  They lived in Phoenix, and later lived in St. Cloud, and San Antonio, Texas.

Lu and Carl moved to Grand Marais in 1986.  She was an active member at St. John’s Catholic Church and served as a Eucharistic Minister. She also volunteered at the Johnson Heritage Post for many years.  She enjoyed golf, knitting, latch-hooking, and volunteering in church functions.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Carl; brother Edward Kasner; and sister, Marguerite Hewitt.

Lu is survived by sisters, Dorothy (Warren) Chamberlain of Faribault, Minnesota and Mary Ellen Dietman of St. Cloud; and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday, April 14, 2018 at St. John’s Catholic Church, Grand Marais.  Burial will be at St. John’s Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorials preferred to St. John’s Catholic Church.

Charles “Chuck” Harold Bolinger

Charles “Chuck” Harold Bolinger, age 70, passed away peacefully with family by his side on Sunday March 25, 2018 at Mayo Clinic, Rochester.

Chuck was born March 8, 1948 to parents Harold and Doris (Minks) Bolinger in Janesville, Minn. He was raised in Albert Lea and graduated from Albert Lea High School. Following graduation, Chuck was drafted into the U.S. Army for two years and was very proud of his service. He was a member of the American Legion for 50 years.

Chuck married Marcy Bolinger on October 30, 1975 in Blooming Prairie, Minn. Together they made their home in Albert Lea and had one son, Keith. Chuck held several jobs over the years, including driving truck for Wilson’s and Interstate Meat Service and working on the line at Winnebago Industries.

In his free time, Chuck could be found up at his cabin near Grand Marais, Minn. He loved riding ATVs and was the Vice President of the Cook County ATV Club in Grand Marais. Chuck was an avid ATVer who not only spent countless hours riding, but who also spearheaded the creation of the Hovland Woods ATV Trail, otherwise known as the “Happy Trail.”

Chuck joined the Cook County ATV Club board in 2012 and was the liaison with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources during trail construction. He and Marcy were a trail-clearing force and they came up with the idea for the Twin Bridges Overlook picnic area on the trail. They oversaw the development of the site, which is enjoyed by ATVers, mushers and hikers alike.

Chuck and Marcy hosted many rides, including the annual Tom Lake Ride & Shoot, at which Chuck enjoyed launching clay pigeons for friends. He also helped on every organized ride, rain, shine or snow. No one ever got lost when Chuck was the ride leader.

Chuck enjoyed fishing and grouse hunting up north. He could always be found tinkering on anything mechanical including ATVs, boat motors, and vehicles. He was able to fix just about anything too! Chuck would drop everything he was doing in order to help someone in need.

Most importantly, he loved spending time with his family and his four grandchildren. He was extremely proud of all that Keith has accomplished in his life. His four grandchildren were his greatest joy.

Survivors include his wife, Marcy; son, Keith (Marie) Bolinger; grandchildren, Kendall, James, Max, and Anja Bolinger; parents, Doris and Harold “Hod” Bolinger; siblings, Rhonda (Mic) Weitzel and Joe (Janice) Bolinger; sisters-in-law, Linda Olson and Jody Swanson; brothers-in-law, Bo (Lorie) Bolinger and Chuck (Patty) Bolinger; as well as several nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.

A celebration of Chuck’s life will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 31, 2018 at Bonnerup Funeral Service, 2210 East Main, Albert Lea, Minn.

Pastor Shane Koepke will officiate. Visitation will be Friday, March 30   from 4 to 7 P.M. at Bonnerup Funeral Service as well as one hour prior to the service. Military honors will be accorded by the Albert Lea Area Veterans Organizations.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be sent to Cook County ATV Club, P.O. Box 455, Grand Marais, MN 55604 to help fund youth ATV safety courses, as Chuck was such a huge advocate for ATV education and safety.

William “Bill” Morel

Memorial services for William “Bill” Morel will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Family Life Church with the Rev. Marty Crump officiating.

William Charles Morel “Bill” was born March 9, 1948, in Meadville, Pennsylvania, to George and Kay Morel. He grew up and attended school in Crete, Illinois. He was a Boy Scout, played football, and attended a camp in Estes Park in his teen years where his love of climbing and the outdoors was cultivated.

After graduating from Crete-Monee High School, he attended Blair Academy Prep School before enrolling at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where he received a degree in Classical Humanities in 1971. It was at this time he began to sense God’s call on his life. He had experiences of God’s power and love that brought him to a defining point where he asked Jesus to forgive him and make him fully God’s man. His heart and life began to change.

He was invited by Pastor William D. Barr (Mary’s father) to volunteer at a wilderness camp in northeastern Minnesota called Adventurous Christians where he led canoe trips and helped build their rustic lodge. It was here Bill’s love for Jesus grew and ignited his love for the world. In his desire to communicate this love, he returned to Miami University and received a master’s degree in teaching.

Upon graduating, he was recruited by the Queensland Education Department to teach school in Australia. He taught in two schools, Harvey Bay and Bamaga Aboriginal Reserve. During this time, a correspondence romance developed with Mary Barr, who was back in Minnesota. On his return to the U.S., he spent six weeks on a mission trip to Samoa with Youth With A Mission.

When he and Mary were reunited, he proposed immediately, and they were married at Okontoe, Minnesota, her family’s ministry camp in 1976. For the next 42 years their love for Jesus led them on many fascinating adventures, first as teachers with Wycliffe Bible Translators in a tiny school in the rain forests of Papua New Guinea, along with their first son Peter and blessed by the birth of their second son Andrew.

Returning to the U.S., they joined Mary’s family’s ministry and Bill helped develop and lead Discipleship Training Camps for teenagers as well as a unique counseling ministry alongside Mary’s father and brother, Bill Barr. Their daughters Katie and Shelly were born during this time. In 1988, God opened the door for them to move to Fort Hope, Ontario, where they served among the Ojibwe First Nations people for six years. Many deep heart connections were formed during this fulfilling time.

Moving to Gillette, they had a rich time of teaching for six years at Heritage Christian School. In 2000, they moved to Kona, Hawaii, to attend Youth With A Mission’s University of the Nations leading groups of families on mission trips throughout Asia. In 2006, Bill was invited to join the staff of Family Life Church serving as associate pastor to this wonderful group of saints until his passing on March 23, 2018. He joins his parents in heaven and his legacy lives on through his family.

He is survived by his beloved and devoted wife, Mary; his children, Peter (Melanie), Andrew (Tamaira), Katie (Jason), and Shelly; sisters, Sue (Steve) Baranski, Sally (Eldridge) Hewitt, and Joan Matter; grandchildren, Naomi, Bella, Emma, Elijah, and Ella along with numerous nieces and nephews.

The theme of Bill’s life was restoration, from Mercury outboard motors, to a 1958 Airstream trailer, Bill loved making things new again, loved watching old things come alive. More than his numerous projects, he spent his life committed to seeing people restored to relationships with Jesus. He is now fully restored to the Father he loved and served so well.

In lieu of flowers, the family wishes that memorials be made to help Bill and Mary’s continuing support for their missionaries.

Memorials and condolences may be sent in care of Gillette Memorial Chapel, 210 W. Fifth St., Gillette, WY 82716. Condolences may also be expressed at gillettememorialchapel.com.