MERRILLAN/JANESVILLE ---Willard "Bill" A. Fessenden, age 74, of Merrillan, and formerly of Janesville died on Monday, Feb. 18, 2013, at the MCHS Franciscan Health System, La Crosse. He was born in Edgerton on Jan. 6, 1939, the son of Earl A. and Wilva E. (Houfe) Fessenden. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1957 to 1962. Bill married Connie M. Codman on Dec. 11, 1965, at Cargill United Methodist Church, Janesville. He had been employed by JATCO for 25 years, retiring in 1995. He has been a resident of Merrillan since 1997. Bill enjoyed hunting and fishing.

He is survived by his 2 children, Jason Scott Fessenden of Janesville and David James Fessenden of Delavan; 4 grandchildren: Lillian Ivy Fessenden, Jacob Hunter Fessenden, Joseph Earl Fessenden and Jennifer Maebelle Fessenden; sister, Julie (Hector) Cifuentes of Milton; brother, James Fessenden of Black River Falls; longtime friend, Anne Staff of Winona, MN; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; and 2 daughters, Cari Lynn Fessenden and Wilva Darlene Fessenden.

A Private Graveside Service will be held with full military honors. Interment will be in Fassett Cemetery, Edgerton. SCHNEIDER APFEL SCHNEIDER & SCHNEIDER FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORY is assisting the family.