In Loving Memory of Bill
The love and happiness you gave us
will never be forgotten.
Our beloved Bill passed away unexpectedly after recent surgery.  He will be forever in our hearts.  

Bill is survived by his wife, Ann, and by children, Kellen [Eric], Kristin [Chris], Will [Annika] and Lauren [Cole], and by grandchildren, Tyla, Lexi and Quinn and Charlotte, Parker and Boden.  

***There will be no formal funeral, in honor of his wishes.***
Your participation in this website is the best possible gift you could give to Bill's family and friends - we love and very much appreciate shared stories and photos that help us to remember and to learn even more about what an amazing person he was and how lucky we were to have known him.  
If you want to do more, we endorse Geoffrey and Jessica's idea of an honorarium to preserve the Boundary Waters (see Greg's story under the 'Stories' tab above):
And please specify that your donation is an honorarium for Bill so they can let us know to.  Thank you!
Posted by Derek Strohman on September 10, 2019
Bill was a great person, friend, and manager. I know he is going to be missed by all that had the opportunity to be around him. My sympathies to the family. My memory’s still have him with that grin. Almost like he knew something that you didn’t.
Rest In Peace my friend. 
Posted by Mary And Bob Sutherland on September 10, 2019
Dear, dear Ann and Bill's family,
We are saddened to hear of Bill's passing to the other side. We hold you all in our prayers during this very difficult time. 
With love and fond memories,
Bob and Mary
Posted by Taree Leach on September 7, 2019
Our deepest condolences to all of you. Bill was a wonderful man and he will be missed.
Posted by Brad Jones on September 6, 2019
I worked with Bill for nearly 30 years and enjoyed all of our times together. Bill was one of the most genuine and sincere people I have ever encountered. He was very fair and always concerned about the well being of others.

Bill will be missed but never forgotten.
Posted by William Hein on August 28, 2019
So Sorry to here of Bill's passing. I did not know him well but I know all who did, feel truly blessed. Our prayers to Ann and the family.
Posted by Page Weed on August 21, 2019
It has been my joy to have been part of Bill’s world. He was such a solid rock individual in every way that I never considered that he would not be ever-present. That he and Ann were on the precipice of making their long-dreamed-about next steps of life together makes his premature passing even more distressing. 

Going through family photos, I see that Bill was not ever front and center. He wasn’t attention seeking – he didn’t proselytize, or push his opinions on anyone else, but he did keep true to himself and his beliefs about people and the world. He believed in kindness. I think of Bill being quiet, but he wasn’t all that quiet and I do not know how he did that! Bill seemed to like feeling that he was a bit anti-social. It is ironic that he is beloved by so many. 

Bill was calm, understanding, smart, and was interested in everything and everyone. He liked to relax and talk and found joy in others. Bill had a way of supporting others that meant so much. He let you know that he believed you could do whatever you set out to do, and his belief made me really feel that I could do it. He was a good teacher and mentor and could find a kind and even humorous way to make any situation better. He didn’t talk much about the past or dwell on adversity.

Bill was a hard worker and problem solver; and would do anything for those he loved. He even took care of my two young sons at one point when we had a daycare emergency!

You could also count on Bill to stop what he was doing and settle in for sunset happy hours and relaxation at the cabin. The cabin was his dream and his legacy to his family. He seemed to enjoy every moment of its’ beauty and solitude and its’ perfect setting to spend days of work and laughter with family and his fabulous close-knit friends. Bill loved cooking Thanksgiving Dinner and dreamed of holidays spent with family at the cabin.

Bill loved his family! One time, Ann and I took the kids way up north for a few days. When we got back, he scooped up Lauren and Will and held them tight for several minutes just looking into their faces and smiling. Love and affection for them, and for Kellen and Kristin and all the grandkids radiated off him.

The world has lost a kind, gentle, smart, funny, fun-loving giant of a man whose impact on others cannot be calculated or overestimated. My family is so fortunate to have known and loved him.

Page Weed (Ann's sister)
Posted by Peggy And Randy Binder on August 20, 2019
We are so very sorry for your loss!
Our hearts go out to you Ann, the kids, grandkids and the entire family. Sending you love, hugs and strength as you go through this very difficult time.
Posted by Tim MacDonald on August 20, 2019
We are so very sorry for your loss. Our prayers will be with you and your family.

Tim, Holly & Cody

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