William D. Case (1951 - 2012)

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Case, William D.

William (Bill) D. Case, 61, of Marshfield died unexpectedly at his home on Saturday morning December 8, 2012.

Funeral services will be at 11 am Saturday, December 15, 2012 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Hewitt with Pastor Dean Pingel officiating.

Visitation will be from 9 am Saturday December 15th until time of services at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Hewitt.

Rembs Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.

Bill was born May 31, 1951 in Springfield, MA to William and Florinna (Bertolino) Case. Bill graduated from Agwam, Massachusetts High School in 1969 and attended Smith Agricultural School in North Hampton, MA. During that time he served as Massachusetts State FFA president. Bill had a lifelong passion for Registered Holstein dairy cattle. In 1977 he became a herdsman for Dreamstreet Holsteins in Delhi, NY. From there he became herd manager for Charles Stroh's Hilltop Holsteins in Suffield, Connecticut. Bill's lifelong dream was to have his own Registered Holstein Herd. In 1982 he established Spring Born Holsteins at Feeding Hills, MA. Urbanization in the area led Case to relocate his farm to Marathon, NY in 1989.

On March 4, 1989 Bill was united in marriage to Roxanne Wilkins in Feeding Hills, MA. They had twenty three years together. In 1995 the couple moved to Beaver Dam, WI to manage a registered Holstein herd there, from there they relocated to Wood County, Wisconsin where they managed herds for Gary Gehrke and Richard Schulte, DVM. While managing Schulte's Modified Holsteins herd, their cow Sikkema-Star Licorice Vee- Red was recognized as the breed's highest producing Red and White Holstein with over 60,000 pounds of milk in one year. Their herd was also the highest producing herd in Wisconsin for AgSource Dairy Herd Improvement Cooperative.

Bill actively served the Holstein fraternity being active on the Wood County Holstein Board, selecting cattle for the county's Purple Ribbon Classic calf sale and serving on the Board of Directors of the Wisconsin Holstein Association. In 2003 the Case's purchased Dr. Schulte's Modified Acres, retiring in 2007.

Bill is survived by his wife Roxanne, three step sons, Peter (Amy) Bradley and Tony (Diane) Bradley both of Westfield, MA and Chad (Amy) Simone of Marshfield; four grandchildren, Rainna Rose Simone, Trevor John Simone, Sam David Simone and Sophia Bradley. He is further survived by his brother Ronald (Tina) Case of Feeding Hills, MA and three nieces. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Bill loved cows and his family. He especially cherished time with his grandchildren and opportunities to be with other Holstein Breeders.

In lieu of flowers, we ask that donations be made to the family, and they will be making contributions to organizations of Bill's wishes.

Condolences can be sent online to www.rembsfh.com

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Published in the Marshfield News Herald on Dec. 11, 2012
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