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William Dexter Stegemeyer

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William Dexter Stegemeyer Notice
Stegemeyer, William Dexter Passed away peacefully on Sunday, August 10, 2014, at the age of 92 years. Born in Milwaukee, Bill was the only child of William George and Luella (nee Davis) Stegemeyer. After graduating from Messmer High School, Bill joined the Marine Corps and repaired aircraft on Engebi Island in the South Pacific during WWII. After the war Bill moved to Alaska. He graduated from the University of Alaska-Fairbanks in 1951, married Patricia (nee Shanahan) in 1955 and was happily married for 54 years. Bill and his family moved back to Wisconsin in 1967. He is preceded in death by his loving wife Patricia. Bill is survived by his 7 children, Marianne, Theresa, Bill, J. Peter (Cherl), Andy (Linda), Clare (Jim) Gessay and Phil (Roxanne). Proud grandfather of Pete (fiancée Christina), Ryan, Tony, Griffin, Trevor, Evan, Riley, Logan, Drew and Addison. Our dad loved nature, especially animals and birds. He was a quiet, calm, hardworking man. He built our family's log home in the woods of Alaska before it was a state and hunted moose to feed his family. Two favorite trips for dad were a visit to Churchill, Manitoba to see polar bears and going on an Honor Flight. Bill's family would like to express their sincere gratitude to Pat Briskie and Pete and Dawn Becker for their efforts that allowed him to stay in his own home. Our sincere thank you to the Milwaukee VA Hospital for dad's years of excellent medical care. A heartfelt thank you to Virginia Highlands Rehabilitation therapist Lauren Boldt and dad's roommate Tom Chase. Private services and burial at Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials appreciated to: Stars and Stripes Honor Flight; PO Box 636 Port Washington, WI 53074.

Published in Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Aug. 13, 2014
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