William H. (Billy) Sell(1919 - 2013)

Sell, William H. (Billy)

William H. (Billy) Sell, 94, Green Bay, passed away peacefully, Monday, July 15, 2013, surrounded by his family. He was born in Rio Creek, WI, on June 7, 1919, to Henry and Anna (Hafeman) Sell.

Bill served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was stationed in Europe for four years. He received an honorable discharge in 1946 as a Sergeant. On June 19, 1948, Bill married Corinne Prokash at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Maplewood, WI and they eventually made their home in Green Bay.

Bill was a member of the George W. Goetz Legion No. 372 in Forestville and served as the financial secretary in 1952. When he moved to Green Bay, he belonged to the VFW Post in Duck Creek #7534 as a life member. He was also a member of the American Legion of Green Bay, Post #2930. Bill worked at Fort Howard Paper Company, retiring in 1982. He was a member of the Quarter Century Club and served as club President. After he retired, he remained busy by working as a limo driver for the Embassy Suites and then enjoyed several winters in Sun City, AZ.

Bill and Corinne were blessed with nine children and 43 years of marriage. They enjoyed family camping trips when the kids were young, and would explore many different campgrounds throughout Wisconsin. In 1982, Bill and Corinne purchased land near Boulder Lake in the Nicolet National Forest for their weekend retreats. Whether in Green Bay or up north, they were most happy when the entire family was assembled to celebrate a birthday, holiday or any made-up excuse to get the whole clan together. They also liked to take road trips to tour the United States, especially to California to visit two of their children. Bill enjoyed his Sunday afternoon dances with Corinne, and always had a polka tune playing in his car.

Bill had a passion for baseball. He loved playing ball with his five brothers as they grew up, and played in the Door County League from 1948-1950. When he moved to Green Bay, he continued to play baseball for many years and later umpired for triple A leagues. An avid Milwaukee Brewers fan, he had fun making his annual trips to Milwaukee to catch a game every summer with the Fort Howard Quarter Century Club. He just recently ventured down to Miller Park for his final game on July 10th this year. In addition to baseball, he was an avid bowler and played for many years with his co-workers and friends from Fort Howard. He also enjoyed strawberry picking, planting flowers every spring, and feeding the birds and deer in his backyard.

After Corinne passed away on May 13, 1991, Bill found love again in 1994 when he met Virg Williquette. They were best friends and partners for 18 years until Virg passed on May 17, 2012. He was then faced with another heart break when his oldest daughter Diane fell ill in 2012 and lost her battle to brain cancer on Feb. 9th of this year.

Survivors include his children, Dan Sell, San Jose, CA; Nancy Sell, Livermore, CA; Jane Sell (fiancé Rich School), Lakewood, WI; Mary (Scott) Meyers, Suamico; Larry Sell, Green Bay, Tony (Marie) Sell, De Pere; and Lisa (Steve) Wolters, Madison. He is further survived by his grandchildren, Kristy Vanden Plas (Kevin Kaczan), Traverse City, MI; Holly (Travis) Liptack, Lakewood, WI; Melissa Meyers, Fredericksburg, VA; Meghan Meyers, Milwaukee; Mark Meyers, Suamico; and Olivia and Lauren Wolters, Madison; his first great-grandchild, Conner William Liptack; one sister, Joanna Painter, Redmond, OR; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Corinne; his daughter, Diane Sell; an infant son, Robert Charles Sell; a grandson, Gregory Scott Meyers; five brothers and sisters-in-law, Roy (Madeline) Sell, Elmer (Mayme) Sell, Lester (Leora) Sell, Edward (Carolyn) Sell, Marvin (Marion) Sell; three sisters and brothers-in-law, Elmyra (Elmer) Baumann, Myrtle (Ken) Euers, and Norma Sell. He was also preceded in death by a brother-in-law, Jay Painter. Special thanks to his neighbor Bea Siebert, for being a wonderful friend and always keeping a "watchful eye" out for Bill.

Friends may call at Blaney Funeral Home, 1521 Shawano Ave. from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday. The Funeral Service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Allouez Catholic Cemetery.

Bill had a wonderful long and healthy life, living it the way he wanted to. He was a big believer in the importance of a good day's work, and worked hard to provide for his large family. He was a loyal husband and companion, and a great father and grandfather.

Thanks Dad…for being an amazing father and friend to us for all of your 94 years! We have been truly blessed to have you in our lives for this long. We greatly appreciate you showing us by example, the value of a good Friday fish fry, Sunday chicken dinners and a strong brandy old-fashion. We will miss you greatly and never forget our time together! We love you!

Funeral Home

Blaney Funeral Home - Green Bay
1521 Shawano Ave.  Green Bay, WI 54303

Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette from July 17 to July 18, 2013