Willard M. Hesse passed away June 1, 2019. He was born to Milton and Marjorie Hesse March 22, 1937.
Went to grade school at Jerusalem Lutheran and graduated from Riverside High School, Milwaukee. Served in the Army Reserves. Worked at Koch & Neuman Greenhouses. Then, worked as a City Circulation Manager for The Milwaukee Journal/Sentinel 30+ years. Met his wife, Bonnie, at The Journal in January 1964, married on February 25, 1966.
Bill loved bowling in The Journal Monday Night League, was league secretary. Annual camping trips to Merrick State Park on the Mississippi River with Journal families always included fishing contests, taco dump nite, brewery tour day, playing cards....the campsites were SO close together, between snoring and farting, nobody got much sleep!! And, annual family camping trips at Governor Dodge State Park. Fond memories of Journal Sales Contest trips with other managers and spouses to Lake Lawn Lodge, Heidelhouse, Nassau, Puerto Rico, New York City, French Like, guaranteed LOTS of laughing, good eating, never a dull moment!
Retired from The Journal and worked for Wisconsin Title Company as a shuttle driver, until heart surgery caused retirement for good. Decorating a newly built rec room started his breweriana collection, joined the NABA, buying most goodies at rummages and flea markets...until he learned "buying on ebay", YIKES!!! Bill loved planting geraniums and tomatoes. Was a Packers, Bucks and Brewers fan. "Quaffed" down an occasional Mai Bock, Grain Belt....or, his famous Old Fashioned. Playing cards with his mom, sisters and brother in laws Saturday nights, shaking dice after bowling, He did so many funny things, we called them "Bill-isms" (we'll cherish those), he could cuss with the best of them (as in The Christmas Story....his cussing is still floating over Lake Michigan!!), taught his kids that hard work never hurts, life values, and was Bonnie's "one and only". The last chapter of Bill's life has ended, but his memories will never end. God bless you!
Bill is survived by his wife, Bonnie; sons Bret (Michele), Bart (Patty), Burt (Lindsay). Grandchildren Stan, Nina, Norah, Lucas, Myles, Carter, Amanda (Chad), Andrea (Ryan). Great grandchildren Brody, Finley, and one on the way in October. Sisters Aileen Zimmerman (Bill) Marilyn "Mutzy" Freeman. The late Lorna Anderson (Rollie), and Pat Freeman. Also survived by loving nieces, nephews and cousins.
A very special thank you to Davita Dialysis Menomonee Falls staff and patients who have become extended family. And, to the 2nd and 3rd floor staff at Grafton Medical Center for ALL their kindness, 5-Star care, and compassion.
Private family service June 6th at St. John's United Church of Christ, Merton. In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to your favorite charity or no kill animal shelter. Hugs to you all!!
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