• Anderson-Nathan-Koerpel Funeral Home
    Hayward, WI
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William "Bill" Gautsche Jr. 1926 - 2012
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Saturday, February 09, 2013
I was able to view the pictures. I have lost another true friend. I will miss him
greatly. My love to all. Wink
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
To the Gautche family.
My deepest sympathies of the loss of a great friend.
Bill and I go back 30 plus years. Bill was always a real gentleman. He always had time to chat and make us smile.

He will be missed by all who knew him.

Best regards
Dan Wiebelhaus.
Thursday, December 20, 2012
I was saddened to learn of Bill's death. He and my dad, Earl McMullin, had a long friendship that started when he worked for Orchard Industries in Hastings. My father moved from California to start up the fishing rod company. Bill and my dad kept in constant communication over the years. Always a note a Christmas, and usually a couple of phone calls a year. My dad died January 16th, 2011. Bill had called me at our business ( Hastings Fiber Glass Products) to inquire why he hadn't been able to contact him. When I told him he had died he said that he had been away at his daughter's and that had he been home and known about it he would have driven over for the funeral. Bill was such a wonderful person and a long time friend of my dad's. My dad lived to the age of 95. I was sorry that Bill couldn't have had more good years!
My thoughts are with you. Earlene (McMullin) Baum
Thursday, December 20, 2012
I'm so glad that Tom and I had a chance to visit with Bill and (bff) Janny a few Octobers ago. I will remember Bill as one of the kindest "dads" I've had the pleasure to know. I am deeply sorry for the Gautsche family loss.
Peace, Love and Hastings, MI
Tom and Molly (Cove) Andrews
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Please accept our heartfelt thoughts, prayers and condolences.
Monday, December 17, 2012
To the Gautsche Family; I think you can certainly tell what a positive influence Bill was on everyone he knew!
I first met Bill as a friend of my father, then had the opportunity to work with him on the TSSA Board for several years. Bill was a mentor and forward thinker who always had an interest and time to talk.
We can all take a lesson on how he approached every day as evidenced in his ever-present smile!
Warmest regards;
Trip Banks
Monday, December 17, 2012
He will always have a place in my heart and in my thoughts. I enjoyed helping him the Milwaukee Sport Show and meeting a load of his friends and TV personality. I still Fishing Gear that he gave to "Test". For the family I would certainly like to see all of you again but in the meantime except our Deepest Sympathy Tim and Maxine
Sunday, December 16, 2012
A True Gentleman Bill will be missed very much. I trust he is again Guiding the waters for the Muskie that was a true passion for him. Jay Couch
Saturday, December 15, 2012
I was so truly saddened to hear of Bill's passing. He was an eloquent man and I will really miss him. He always had a smile and a hug, and he always smelled so good so after he would hug me his cologne would linger with me throughout the day. I have known him since we moved to Hayward in 1972, and his entire family. I watched them endure much tragedy through the years and yet always remain strong. god rest your soul my dear friend.
Saturday, December 15, 2012
Dear Gautsche Family,
Bill and I go back 37 years in the sporting goods industry. I have many fond memories of working with Bill when he was with the Thompson and Cullerton companies. He always had a smile on his face and was always willing to go the extra mile. A true legend in the fishing industry and a great man. My sympathies are with all of you.
Johnny K
Saturday, December 15, 2012
What a wonderful person to know! Bill was always humble, kind and down to earth, a lovely person. Dan & Lesa Raimer
Friday, December 14, 2012
Dear Gautsche Family:
We were saddened to learn of Bill's death. He was just like family to the Leo Stewart family. He spoke at both my Dad's 90th B-Day party and his funeral on Jan. 3, 2012. Please accept our deepest sympathy. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. We have many fond memories!
In Sympathy & Friendship, Clayton & Pat (Stewart) Braun
Friday, December 14, 2012
Bill was a friend and mentor for many years and helped me weave through the web of the outdoor world. He left a tremendous legacy and those that knew him had the utmost respect for his accomplishments. He was a great man and I will miss him. My prayers go out to family members and while I am disappointed I can not make the funeral, my thoughts are with you.
Friday, December 14, 2012
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.
Friday, December 14, 2012
Jeri, wish I would have met your dad. Sounds like he was a great man. You, Jet and family have my deepest sympathy.
Friday, December 14, 2012
"I was a rookie rep in 1986 and met Bill at the Minneapolis Sport Show. I found a friend that day.For years we would run into each other at least twice a year and often when I was traveling in Wisconsin area. He was a gentleman and a friend"
I am very sorry for your loss.
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Dear Family,

I am devastated that I will not be able to attend the services for my dear friend. He will always be remembered. This gentle man was an inspiration to us all. Truly, a loving friend. We became so close when we lost our adoring
Ger and Jan at the same time. I miss him so. His smile and his many stories will remain with us forever.

Barry Swiler
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Bill, Tony and I were a team at the Milwaukee Sport Show for many years. Bill and I shared a wonderful trip to FL last winter. He was a good friend and I will miss him.
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Bill was the most incredible friend...the kind of friend that always made you feel as though you were the center of his attention. Gracious, charming and quick witted...he gained trust easily and treated that trust with utmost respect. Bill always brought out the best in people and his kind ways and elegant presence will be with us always. The one attribute that I will miss most about Bill was his uncanny and youthful passion for serial invention. Bill was constantly searching for ways to improve himself, businesses, organizations, people around him and of course the bucktail. It is interesting to note that he developed and patented the first inline bucktail spinner and at 86 years young he reinvented it again. Truly making him the alpha and omega in bucktails.

Till we cast together in heaven....
Thursday, December 13, 2012
I had the honor of spending many hours/days with Bill, first as a interested tackle historian, then as friend. I'll remember and miss his sharp recollection of history and stories. Most of all, I'll miss his warmth and generosity.

My deepest sympathies.
Thursday, December 13, 2012
it was a privlige and pleasure to be your freind and fishing pal
Thursday, December 13, 2012
It is an honor to have know Bill and shared many experiences. His ability to tell a story that will live on and on. We will miss you Bill your advice I will hold dear. I will continue to share your stories and let people know of your great accomplishments that have effected us all.
Kathy Overman, FHNB Inc.
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Gautsche Family!
So sorry to hear of Billy's passing! He and my Dad "Red" went way back. Now they can spend time together telling stories. My thoughts are with you during this time.
Jayne "Johnson" Younghans
Thursday, December 13, 2012
The first day I guided (as a teenager) at Ross' Teal Lake Lodge was in the fall of 1963 and Bill was already legend. I can't tell you how much I enjoyed and appreciated the time I spent with Bill over the years and will miss him dearly.

Please accept my deepest sympathy, Mike Dombeck
Thursday, December 13, 2012
I will greatly miss Bill and my prayers go out to his family and friends. He was a kind gentleman, a fascinating individual, and an irreplacable fixture in the angling industry. I treasure the time that I have had visiting with him at his home, at the Hall, and at Water's Edge Nursing Home. I will remember him always. May God welcome him into his new realm.
Thursday, December 13, 2012
I have felt very blessed to have spent some quality time with Bill this
fall. He may be the most delightfully gracious man that I have ever met. He has become a wonderful role model for me and set a great
standard to live up to. Special thanks to the Gautsche Family for
opening up their homes, hearts and lives to me during my all too
short visit in September. Please accept our heartfelt thoughts, prayers
and condolences.
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Take care!

Brian & Kathy Mast, Nick, Andrea, Hannah
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Althought I havn't seen Bill for a number of years, he has left me so many memories from when they lived in Eden Prairie and the times in Hayward. There are only a few people I have looked up to over the years and Bill was definitely one of them. He had a great sense humor and raised a family he was very proud of. You were always treated like you were family at their house. How Bill ever let Bill(III), Dave H. and myself take the Terry Bass boats out on Lake Rilley I will never know! Maybe he thought we were just out fishing like he would have been doing. Yeah we were out fishing! Who else could teach you how to turn your 6' fishing rod into a nice 7' rod by just let out 1' of line before you cast. A garage sale with his salesman samples got me hooked on duck hunting. It's too bad he couldn't have taught me how to shoot straight (that would have required a miraclel)
Bill you will always be in our hearts.
Love Scott and Deb Wurdeman
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Dear Gautsche family, We are so sad to hear about your dad. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Hoping to come and pay our condolences in person. With love and sympathy, Debbie and Scott
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