William H. “Bill” Denzin age 84 of Milan died Sunday evening, March 17, 2013 at the Golden Living Continental Manor, Abbotsford. Funeral services will be held 12 Noon Saturday, March 23, 2013 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Athens, Wisconsin. Pastor Andy Alberts will officiate. Mark Schroeder will provide music for congregational singing. Burial will be in the Colby Memorial Cemetery, with Bill’s nephews serving as pallbearers. A time of visitation will be held from 4-8:00PM Friday at Trinity Lutheran Church, Athens and again on Saturday from 10:30AM until the time of service. The Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home, Abbotsford is assisting the family with arrangements.
Bill was born July 26, 1928 in the town of Holton, Marathon County. His parents were William and Margaret (Jakobi) Denzin. He attended school in the town of Holton.
Mr. Denzin served in the US Army and was honorably discharged.
On August 29, 1953 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Milan, Bill was united in marriage to Shirley Fasse. The couple celebrated 59 years of marriage.
At a young age Bill began working alongside his father on the family farm. In 1954 Bill and Shirley purchased a farm in the town of Johnson, where they farmed until 1961. He then accepted a position at Marathon Cheese. Bill became a union heavy equipment operator and worked for Kleist Trucking and later for James Peterson & Son in road construction, until retiring in 1993. He remained active in the Operating Engineers Local 139 throughout his retirement.
Family and faith were central in Bill’s life. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Athens.
Bill enjoyed fishing in the summertime and ice fishing in the winter. He loved being outdoors. Woodworking and snowmobiling were some of his interests. He will be remembered for his sense of humor, especially for how creative he was when story telling or reading of nursery rhymes. For a man that didn’t really like cats, he could quite often be found napping with his cat “Tiggy”.
Bill is lovingly survived by his wife, Shirley Denzin, Milan, daughters, Janine Hupe, Stratford; Maureen (Gary) Belanger, Athens; Corrine (Duane) Bauer, Marshfield; 9 grandchildren, Nathan (Amanda) Hupe, Miranda (Doug Johnson) Hupe, Sarah (Clayton) Venzke, Mindy (Bill) Davis, Becca (Brian) Simpson, Cody, Robin, Holly and Tony Bauer and two step grandchildren, Todd Hupe and Rochelle (Kelly) Blosl, 5 great grandchildren, Juliette and Daniel Hupe, Sydney Venzke, Callie Davis and Owen Simpson, 4 step great grandchildren, Brittany Barritt, Kristen Schecklman, Taylor Hupe and Derek Willman and one sister, Elaine Underwood of Colby further survives.
A son-in-law, Daniel Hupe, a brother, Eldon Denzin and sisters, Delores Wittlinger and Evelyn Bunkelman preceded Bill in death.
Maurina Schilling Funeral Home of Abbotsford is assisting the family with arrangements.
Online condolences can be made to www.maurinaschilling.com