William J. “Bill” Meier

William J. “Bill” Meier

William J. (Bill) Meier, age 85, passed away unexpectedly Friday, Feb. 3, 2017. Bill married Betty McMicken, celebrating 61 years of marriage. Bill was an instrument maker for the UW-Madison Electrical Engineering Dept. for 30 years, where he was credited in many research publications. He was very active in the VFW Post 10272 providing services to veterans and the community. Bill is survived by Betty, his eight children, Judy (Bob) Walker, Cindy MacEwen (Mike Braley), Carol (Hector) Rodriguez, William Jr. (Rosemary) Meier, Joan (Kirk) Braley, Celia (Maurice) Meyers, Paul Meier, and Chris Meier; 15 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; sisters, Sue Lehman, Betty Schroeder, Ann (Bill) May; brother-in-law Fred Kempfer; sisters-in-law Elda Meier, Tress Meier and Jean Buchanan; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Mary Meier; his brothers, Eugene and Mel Meier; his sister, Mary Kempfer; his father and mother-in-law, Norman and Celia McMicken; his brothers and sisters-in-law, Martha Meier, Ernie Lehman, Gladys Short, Dorothy Williams, Bill Rowlands, Mae Klein, Roy McMicken, Sam McMicken, Ken Buchanan; his son-in-law Greg MacEwen; and his niece, Denise May. Bill will always be remembered as the great husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend he was to all. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at HOLY MOTHER OF CONSOLATION CATHOLIC CHURCH, 651 N. Main St. Oregon, at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017, with Father Gary Wankerl presiding. Burial will follow at Prairie Mound Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017, at GUNDERSON OREGON FUNERAL & CREMATION CARE, 1150 Park St., Oregon, where at 7 p.m. VFW Post 10272 will do a Pass In Review at 7 p.m. Visitation will also take place at the church from 9 a.m. until the time of the service on Wednesday.

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