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William R. "Bill" Newhouse Obituary
Newhouse, William R. "Bill"
Nov. 27, 2011

On Sunday, Nov. 27, 2011, with his family gathered at his side, William R. (Bill) Newhouse, 85, of Boulder, Colo., gently passed away from this life.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012, at the First Congregational Church, 1128 Pine St., Boulder, Colo. Military honors will be provided by the United States Navy. A reception will follow at the church.
Bill was a perfect gentleman from the day he was born until the day he died.
When his mother and his twin passed away shortly after his birth in 1926, Bill was adopted by his aunt and uncle in La Crosse, Wis., as his father could not run the farm and care for two young boys without his wife. Bill was always grateful for his adoptive parents, William and Tillie Newhouse.
Bill lied about his age (like so many others) in order to enlist in the Navy during World War II, where he became a submariner and, eventually, witnessed personally the signing of the peace treaty with Japan.
Bill returned home from the Pacific theater and came within a couple of credits of graduating with degrees in both engineering and architecture from the University of Wisconsin. Instead, he took advantage of an opportunity and started his own business as a construction materials consultant, NewCo, Inc., a business he continued until his 82nd birthday.
Bill married Eunice (Brumm) in 1948, and enjoyed 58 years with her before her death in 2007.
In 1967, Bill became president of Optimist International, traveling the world with Eunice and his daughters, Anne and Jane, including a trip to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, where the Optimist International float won the Judge's Award.
Bill and Eunice raised their family in Madison, Wis., and then moved to Longboat Key after Anne and Jane left the nest.
Bill is survived by his daughters, Jane Newhouse and Anne Newhouse Byrne; son-in-law Ed Byrne; and grandchildren, Conor, Erin and Kathleen Newhouse Byrne.
We were blessed to be his family, and those who knew Bill over the years would agree he was hard-working, generous, thoughtful and kind in everything he did.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Optimist International, 4494 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63108.
M.P. Murphy & Associates Funeral Directors of Boulder, Colo, is handling arrangements.

Published in Herald Tribune from Jan. 1 to Jan. 2, 2012
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