Bill was born in Phillips, Wisconsin, February 14, 1941, and raised in Park Falls, Wisconsin, where he graduated from high school in 1959. He has one brother and four sisters all living in Wisconsin.
After high school, he studied Engineering in a co-op Engineering Program with AC Spark Plug in Oak Creek, Wisconsin as his sponsor. AC Spark Plug was a manufacturer of missile and ship guidance systems. The school he attended was General Motors Institute in Flint Michigan.
In 1965, Bill left AS Spark Plug and joined the Fort Howard Paper Company in Green Bay and spent the next 38 years in various roles in Engineering Disciplines and Maintenance Management in the Paper Industry. He designed converting machines which produced napkins, toilet tissue and paper toweling. He also served as the Engineering Manager on projects which included grass roots mills in Muskogee, Oklahoma and Rincon, Georgia, and expansion and upgrade projects in the mills of Fort Howard, Wisconsin Tissues Mills, Wausau Papers and Ward Paper. He retired as the Manager of Engineering and Maintenance from Wausau Papers, Brokaw, Wisconsin in 2003 and has lived in Merrill since the mid 80's.
In the mid 70's, he served as a first responder, president and instructor of a volunteer rescue squad which serviced the Towns of Howard, Hobart and Suamico; all located near Green Bay. He is married and has six children and seven grandchildren. He’s been very active in many roles in the churches to which he has belonged. Bill’s a member of Bible Presbyterian Church in Merrill, Wisconsin. He’s also a volunteer member of the Advisory Committee for the Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC).
In retirement, he enjoys all the activities of family, especially the individual time spent with children and grandchildren. Other interests that are high on his list are walleye fishing, golf, bird hunting, lawn care and sports. He’s been a Packer fan since 1958 and has grown to enjoy the Brewers as well.