Bill was born in Chicago, Illinois, on October 1, 1936. He was the second born child of Alice Hansen and William Kirchoff. Throughout his life, everyone who knew Bill—from his family, to his 1954 graduating class at Steinmetz High, to the community of Viola, Wisconsin—knew the SAME Bill. His character was unwavering; and, in times of uncertainty, Bill could always be counted on to stand firm, encouraging others to do the same. Bill was the kind of a man of who stood by his word, the kind of man who lived with respect and compassion for creatures great and small and the kind of man who didn’t take ordinary things for granted.
Bill loved to fly airplanes. He served as a medic in the elite 82ndAirborne Division and aided in highly specialized missions in Panama. He was a long time member of the American Legion. He was a loving father, a proud grandfather and a devoted husband to Amelia Zaremba Kirchoff, the love of his life.
Bill met Amelia in Chicago, when she was working as an architect and he was working as a contractor. They decided to design and build a life together and, on October 27, 1990,became husband and wife. Their shared love for animals inspired a peaceful life on their farm in Viola, Wisconsin, and their love for each other helped it grow. Through the years, when various tragedies threatened to take everything they had,Bill’s tenacity and strength of character pulled them through. His belief and support of her dreams was the foundation upon which GoMacro, the company founded by Amelia and their daughter Jola, was built.
Though he will be missed beyond what words can express, his memory and spirit will be kept alive by his wife, Amelia Kirchoff, his daughter Jola Sonkin, his son-in-law Alex Sonkin, and his four beautiful grandchildren Marcellus, Mila, Myles and Mikaela Sonkin. He will also be dearly remembered by his daughters Thea Teresa Bach and Lora Lynne Bates, and his stepdaughters, Anna Poplawska and Margaret Guzek.
All information regarding the funeral service can be provided by contacting Pratt Funeral Service at 608-647-4808 or visiting their website at www.prattfuneralservice.com. In lieu of flowers or donations, please honor Bill’s life with a toast or a prayer, and most importantly, by celebrating your own life in health, in gratitude, and in love.
Wishing you a long and great life.