Obit: Kuchenbecker, William Fred #3 (1929 - 2012)

Contact: Robert Lipprandt 

Surnames: Brost, Brott, Foemmel, Hebert, Hodick, Joseph, Kuchenbecker, Mehlbrech, Peltier, Resong, Schlais, Shook, Zirngibl

----Source: The Star News (Medford, WI) 06/21/2012

Kuchenbecker, William "Bill" Fred (2 MAY 1929 - 13 JUN 2012)

William "Bill" Fred Kuchenbecker, age 83, of Neillsville, died on Wednesday, June 13, 2012 at St. Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield.

Bill was born on May 2, 1929 in Westboro, the son of Fred and Anna (Hodick) Kuchenbecker.

He graduated from Westboro High School. Bill was united in marriage to Rita Zirngibl on May 26, 1951, and together they raised 10 children.

After training through General Motors as a mechanic, he worked in Medford until 1955 when he became part owner of the Chevrolet dealership in Greenwood. After a fire destroyed it in 1962, he opened his own service station, Bill's Pure Service in Greenwood. He sold the business in 1969 and moved his family to Neillsville where he purchased Kuchenbecker Beer Distributing.

He retired from the business in 1980, but continued to be very active with managing a laundromat, shuttling kids to and from Sunburst and deliveries for the Shopper Paper.

Throughout his life, Bill was very active with various activities including the Greenwood Volunteer Fire Department, The Holy Name Society and St. Mary's Catholic Church in Greenwood. He was a 60 year member of the Knights of Columbus with a 4th degree status and served as their financial secretary for 10 years. He was an active member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and the Men's Club in Neillsville. Bill also found time to do those things he enjoyed most, such as fishing, hunting, golfing and spending time with his family.

Bill loved the outdoors and would grab a fishing pole or hunting buddies whenever he got the chance. He made many trips to the boundary waters of Northern Minnesota as well as other more local excursions like ice fishing on the Mississippi, deer hunting in Glidden, rabbit and grouse hunting from a friendly farmer's wood lot. He was a one-of-a-kind person with a profound curiosity for problem solving and was great at repairing almost anything. While he had a unique sense of humor he wasn't afraid to "tell you like it is." His strong work ethic, sense of responsibility, generous nature and dedication to family, was well known to his friends and family who aspire to continue that tradition.

Bill is survived by his wife, Rita, of Neillsville; eight children and 30 grandchildren, Mary Kuchenbecker of Houston, Texas, Mark (Lynn) Kuchenbecker of Rozenberg, Texas, (Richard, Stephanie, Christina, Diane, Carolyn, Charlie and Jacob), Kent (Veronica) Kuchenbecker of Winter Springs, Fla., (Jeremy and Joshua), James (Patricia) Kuchenbecker of Channahon, Ill., (Sarah, Mike and Jake), Robert Kuchenbecker (Pat Brost) of Winter, (Amber and Justin), William K. (Sheila) Kuchenbecker of Verona, (Brianna, Ross, Mason, Garett and Jader), Nancy (Loren) Foemmel of Waterloo, Iowa, (Ashley, Paige, Jordan and Adam), and Karen (Elwin) Mehlbrech of Aurora, Ill., (Emily, Morgan, Bethany and Regan); a daughter-in-law, Karen Kuchenbecker of Neillsville (Adam, Jared and Megan).

He is also survived by two sisters, Grace (Galen) Schlais and Violet Kuchenbecker, both of Medford; and two step-sisters, Sharon (Robert) Shook of Westboro and Jean (Ronald) Brott of Milwaukee.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Carol, in 1980; a son, Michael, in 2004; a step-sister, Dorothy Hebert; and a step-brother, Emil Peltier.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Monday, June 18 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Neillsville. Rev. Varkey V. Joseph officiated. Providing music was St. Mary's choir accompanied by Ronald Resong, organist. Interment was at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery.

Casket bearers were Mark, Kent, James, Robert, William K. and Adam Kuchenbecker.

Online condolences may be made at

The Gesche Funeral Home of Neillsville assisted William's family with funeral arrangements.



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