William B. Satterness, 84
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Aug. 17, 1929 - May 1, 2014
A memorial service will be held Monday May 12 at Williams-Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids at 7:00 pm, with visitation beginning at 5:00 pm.
Bill was born in Duluth, Minnesota to Martin and Dorothy (Long) Satterness. He graduated from Morgan Park High School in 1947, and earned a B.A. from the University of Minnesota - Duluth. He married Marilyn Imbertson of Hibbing in 1953.
Bill began his 43-year career with US Steel Corporation in 1949, starting in the coke ovens and then the open hearth. After completing his education he held a number of management positions at Duluth Works, Trenton Works (NJ), and US Steel's Great Lakes Fleet, retiring in 1992 as Director of Employee Relations.
Upon retirement, Bill and Marilyn resided at Briggs Lake for several years, then in Sartell, most recently at Country Manor Senior Apartments.
Bill loved duck hunting, trout fishing, and observing nature. For most of his retirement he was a volunteer naturalist at Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge. He also served as a volunteer bailiff at Sherburne County Court House. He was a member of Sons of Norway, Euclid Masonic Lodge in West Duluth, and a former President of the Downtown St. Cloud Kiwanis Club.
He sang tenor in the Duluth Harbormasters Barbershop Chorus and in several church choirs, sometimes as a soloist.
Bill was known as a gifted storyteller, whether in the church basement or the hunting camp.
He is survived by his sons William J. (Cindy) of Eden Prairie and Neil (Lori) of Sartell; grandchildren Kari, Eric, Robbie and Ricky; sister Vonna Mae Malinen of St. Cloud; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Verna June Shoquist, brothers-in-law Elmer Malinen and Oscar Shoquist, and wife Marilyn in 2011.
The family would like to thank Dr. Thomas Nardi, St. Croix Hospice, Cherrywood Advanced Living in St. Cloud, and the staff of Country Manor in Sartell who kept an eye out for Bill as his health declined.
Memorials are suggested to Friends of Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge.
Obirtuary, guest book and video tribute available online: www.williamsdingmann.com
Williams Dingmann Funeral Homes
324 2nd Avenue South
Sauk Rapids, MN 56379
Published in the St. Cloud Times on May 4, 2014