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William F. Boesel

William F. Boesel, age 72, of Glenbeulah, WI, passed away on Thursday Evening (February 8, 2018) after a heroic battle with ALS. 

Bill was born in Milwaukee on January 10, 1946 to Harold and Mabel Boesel. In 1948 they packed up their kids: Violet, Ray, Norma, and Bill and moved out to the farm in the Town of Greenbush where their youngest child, Kathy, joined them. Harold died shortly after the move leaving Mabel to raise the kids alone. It was Mabel’s perseverance in the face of such hardship that cemented Bill’s strong work ethic throughout his life.

Bill attended St. John’s Lutheran School and Plymouth High School. He joined the U.S. Naval Reserves and served his country as a Seabee in Vietnam. Bill had a 40-year career as a cable splicer, a phone technician and a mentor for GTE / Verizon. After retiring, Bill hit the road with “Irene”, his trusty GPS, as a delivery driver for Rohde Brothers.

Bill married Bonnie (née Mayhew) in 1969 and though he often joked that he first started dating her for her ‘63 Chevy, it was clear after 48 years the two shared an unbreakable bond. Bill weathered ALS without complaint and Bonnie remained by his side as his companion and caretaker.

Bill loved his family and was good to his friends. He enjoyed making popcorn for his grandchildren, playing hours-long Monopoly games with his kids, feeding morning toast to Baze, his golden retriever of 14 years, watching the races, and keeping his yard looking pristine in all seasons. He and Bonnie liked going to concerts and frequenting the area supper clubs as much for the prime rib as for the brandy old fashioneds. 

Family includes his wife, Bonnie; His children: Brett Boesel, Scott (Lori) Boesel, Terri Boesel, Leah (Mike) Maloof; Four grandchildren: Anna, Lucas, Liam and Raya; Three sisters: Violet Feldmann, Norma Walker, Kathy Mathes; Four sisters-in law: Lois (John) Lapcewich, Jill (Jack) Langemak, Bonnie Mayhew, Mary Mayhew; His beloved dog Ruby Blue and several nieces and nephews with a special thank you to Dan (Alice) Feldmann, Lori (Randy) Schmitt and Megan (Bill) Heus.

He is preceded in death by his parents; Brother: Ray; Brothers-in law: Howard Feldmann, Bill Mayhew and Norman Walker; Nephew: David Mathes and other good friends who have gone before him.     

A Memorial Service will be on Tuesday (February 13, 2018) at 4:00 P.M. at Suchon Funeral Home in Plymouth. Rev. John Schultz, Pastor of St. John Lutheran Church will officiate.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday (Feb. 13) at Suchon Funeral Home from 2:00 P.M. until the time of Service.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund is being established in Bill’s name for the ALS Association of Wisconsin.

The Suchon Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Plymouth is assisting the family.  For online condolences, please visit

The Boesel family would like to thank doctors and staff at the VA and Heartland Hospice, especially Jackie and Tara for all they have done for Bill.

Services Rendered by: Suchon Funeral Home

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