THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Issue Date: May 18, 2022
William "Billy" Anderson, 77, of Athelstane, passed away Saturday April 16, 2022, surrounded by family at his home.
Born March 14, 1945 in Marinette, to the late Kenneth and Lillian (Hilsabeck) Anderson, he entered the United States Army and served in the Blackhorse 11th Armored Calvary Unit in Vietnam (1966-67) and earned the Bronze Star Medal with "V" Device (Heroism in Battle), and many other medals. On July 19, 1969, he married Anne Hess at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in New Holstein.
In 1969 he started working for the Town of Athelstane and joined the Athelstane Fire Department and also served as the Town Chairman for 16 years. He worked as a logger for the majority of his life, but retired from Wausaukee Enterprises. A founding member of the Christian Fellowship Church, he served as an Elder for many years.
He enjoyed hunting and fishing, whistling, bird watching, rummage sales, cooking over an open fire, making firewood, running a chainsaw and picking berries, but mostly loved visiting with family and friends. He also loved telling and playing jokes, playing Farkle and Skip-Bo, and playing MahJong on the computer to keep his mind sharp.
He is survived by his wife, Anne; two children, Cindie (Greg) Salmen of Peshtigo and Chris (Stacy) Anderson of Athelstane; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren with two more on the way and nine siblings, Paulina Sulewski, Wretha Jacobs, Margaret (Richard) Hirte, Kenneth (Kate) Anderson, Keith (June) Anderson, Harold (Pete) Anderson, Maureen McDaniels, Colleen (Steve) Wojtysiak, and Darlene (Kenneth) Jones.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a grandson, Nate Tiemann; two sisters, Paula and Geraldine and a brother Jerry.
Family and friends may call at Christian Fellowship Church, W8050 CR-C, Wausaukee on Saturday May 21 from 10 a.m. until time of a Celebration of Life Service at noon, with Pastor Richard Kucha officiating. Full Military Honors will be provided and burial will be at a later date at Forest Home Cemetery in Athelstane. Roubal Funeral Home of Wausaukee is assisting the family with arrangements.