In 1946, Bill married Marie Freund with whom he raised two sons, William R. Jr. of Columbus, Georgia, and Timothy J., now deceased. Marie died suddenly in 1975. Several years later, he married Patricia Fort of Winona.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents, his two sisters, Doris and Rosemary, two brothers, Andrew and Donald, his wife Marie, and his son, Timothy. He is survived by his wife Patricia of Minnesota City and her sons, Thomas Fort (Kim), Timothy Fort (Connie) and Michael Fort, grandchildren Alyssa, Karlee, Brady, Travis, Jarrod, Cooper and Mitchell, and great-grandchild Tate, all of Winona. He is also survived by his son, William Jr., (Evelyn), his grandchildren William R. III of Freeport, Illinois, Dr. Benjamin R. (Kate) of San Francisco, California, and Christina M. of Columbus, Georgia, two great-grandchildren, William D. of Freeport, Illinois and Oliver Ansel of San Francisco, California, and many nieces and nephews.
A graveside service will be held October 9 at the family plot in St. James Cemetery, Kenosha, Wisconsin. He will be missed by his many family members and friends, yet his inspiration will always live with us. Hoff Celebration of Life Center- Goodview is assisting the family with arrangements.
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