Bill Klabunde

MADISON-Bill Klabunde, age 70, passed from this world on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013.

He was born on Jan. 6, 1943 in Elkhorn, WI and was the son of Aaron W. and Caroline (Rosencrans) Klabunde. He grew up in Powers Lake, WI and attended Badger High School. He was active in many sports in High School, especially basketball. He attended college in Stevens Point and also Madison Area Technical College. Bill worked for the State of Wisconsin, Woodmans, and the University of Wisconsin proudly for more than 30 years. He enjoyed shopping, camping, fishing, and going up North with his family. Nascar racing, the Packers, and UW Sports were his passion and he could tell you the stats on most players.

Bill was a kind, generous man that led a simple life. He did not allow everyday worries to bother him. Family meant the world to him, and he would tell you that his greatest joy came from being a father and grandfather.

He is survived by his daughter, Elizabeth Coleman (Todd Handel); grandchildren, Roman and Zoey; step-children, Linda Raisbeck; Randy Gartman and Larry Gartman; sister, Donna Hardwick; and his former wife and friend, Annette Klabunde. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Nancy Flynn; and step-son, Bruce Gartman. A Celebration of Bill's Life will be held at GUNDERSON EAST FUNERAL HOME, 5203 Monona Dr, Madison from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 22, 2013. Online condolences may be made at

As I sit in Heaven, and watch you every day, I try to let you know with signs, I never went away. I hear you when you're laughing, and watch you while you sleep,
I even place my arms around you to calm you as you weep.
I see you wishing these days away begging to have me home.
So I try to send you signs so you'll know you're not alone.
Don't feel guilty that you have life that was denied to me.
Heaven is truly beautiful, just you wait and see.
So live your life, laugh again, enjoy yourself, be free.
Then I know with every breath you take, you'll be taking one for me.
"Talk to you later...."

Gunderson East
Funeral and Cremation Care
5203 Monona Dr
(608) 221-5420

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