William (Bill) Nuss

Nuss, William (Bill)

Generous in heart and optimistic in spirit, William (Bill) Nuss died Tuesday at the Cleveland Clinic from complications following surgery. He was surrounded by his wife and children.

Bill was born in Fond du Lac, Wis., on March 2, 1941, the son of William and Catharine Nuss.

On June 20, 1964, Bill married Lucille Glass; they were to celebrate their 49th wedding anniversary next month. Father to four children and nine grandchildren, Bill was a 1959 graduate of St. Mary's Springs High School and a 1963 graduate of the University of Wisconsin. He worked as a sales representative for several companies throughout the Midwest before becoming co-owner of both BissNuss, Inc. and BNR Distributorship collectively from 1983-2007.

Bill was a member of the Wastewater Environmental Federation and the American Wastewater Association. He was also a Rep Council Board Member for Wallace and Tiernan and for Airation Industries for many years.

Bill served on the Ashland YMCA Board and Executive Board. He was a lifetime member of the Elks Club 1360 and a member of the Ashland County Club for 25 years. He was also a member of the Akron City Club, Boys Dance Club and Married Couples Dance Club of Ashland, and Ashland's Young Men's Business Club. He was a parishioner of St. Edward's Church since moving to Ashland in 1980 and was a youth group advisor there for 10 years. Bill currently served on the Review Committee for Home Health Care at Samaritan Hospital.

A life-long boating enthusiast, Bill captained his boat "The Goodnuss" for many summers, traveling the Great Lakes with family and friends, especially enjoying Mackinac Island and the Canadian North Channel. He was a member of the United States Power Squadron of Mansfield Branch and belonged to the Crew's Nest, the Put-In-Bay Yacht Club, and the Inter-Lakes Yachting Association. Beginning in 1986, Bill and his wife enjoyed spending their non-boating winter months at Ocean Village on Hutchinson Island in Florida.

Standing tall at 6'8", Bill played basketball for many years and, he volunteered to coach youth football, basketball, and baseball as well as to referee for the Ashland YMCA youth basketball program. He had a life ranking in the Boy Scouts of America. Other hobbies and interests included baseball, golf, card games, listening to piano music, and cheering loudly for the Green Bay Packers and Wisconsin Badgers.

Bill battled serious health issues since he was 36 years old. He was twice an experimental patient for cancer treatment. He survived over 20 surgeries and was an inspiration to all who knew him because of his positive attitude and acceptance of his many health challenges. His philosophy was to take one day at a time and enjoy each day to the fullest. He counseled many who faced similar health issues in their lives.

Foremost, he was a devoted husband, a dedicated dad and "Papa" and was known for his "pearls of wisdom". Bill is survived by his loving wife, Lucille; and their four children, Fr. David Nuss, Toledo, Ohio; Brian (Margo) Nuss, Danville, Ind.; Michael (Monika) Nuss, Rocky River, Ohio; and Linda (John) Dahlke, Northbrook, Ill. He is survived by nine grandchildren, Tommy, Annie, Matthew, Katie, and Jimmy Dahlke; William and Mary Nuss; and Zachary and Xavier Nuss. He is also survived by mother, Catharine Nuss and brother, The Honorable Richard (Toni) Nuss, and three sisters, Clare (Henry) Gefke, Pat (Doug) Fossum, and Joan (Jim) Pappas; sisters-in-law, Lenore (Bob) Janda, Mary (Paul) Schils, Jane (Mike) Schumaker and many nieces and nephews. A brother, Stephen, and his father, William, preceded him in death.

Calling hours will be Thursday, May 16, 2013 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Ashland Home of Wappner Funeral Directors, 308 Claremont Avenue, Ashland. The funeral Mass will be held at St. Edward Church on Friday, May 17, 2013 at 11 a.m. with his son, Father Dave Nuss officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Ashland YMCA or St. Edward Church.

Online guest registry at www.wappner.com

Published in Fond du Lac Reporter on May 16, 2013