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William "Bill" Wocelka 90, of St. Anthony, passed away June 26, 2013 in the Ashton Living Center.
Bill was born Feb. 5, 1923 at Rice Lake, Wis., the son of William J. and Katherine Blaschko Helle Wocelka.
He grew up in Wisconsin, where he attended St. Anthony Catholic grade school, graduating from Lincoln High School both in Park Falls, Wis.
Bill served in the U.S. Army Air Force during World War 11, and was an airplane gunner. He was honorably discharged in l945.
He married Olive Wells, and she passed away while he was still in the service. He then married Marie Huml Cummings on April 30, 1948 at Park Falls, Wis. They moved to St. Anthony in 1967, where Bill owned and operated Wocelka Logging until 1987. He also owned the Silver Horse Shoe Cafe for many years. Mary died Feb. 14, 1989.
Bill then married LaRena "Rena" Jenkins on Sept. 9, 1990 at Elko Nev. They made their home in St. Anthony where they have since resided, spending the winters in Green Valley, Ariz.
Bill is survived by his wife, LaRena, of St. Anthony, children: Bill (Ditty) Wocelka, Jr. and LaVerne Cummings, both of St. Anthony, and Rosie (Lee) Powell, of Idaho Falls; siblings, Robert Wocelka, of Hines, Ore.; and Rose Dixon, of Oceanside, Calif.; 10 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by two wives, and a daughter, Shyla Haut; a brother, Ray; and two sisters, Ruth and Margaret.
The family will visit with friends and relatives at the Bidwell Funeral Home Saturday, June 29 2013 from 10 to 11 a.m. just prior to going to the Parker Cemetery, where military rites will be performed by the St. Anthony VFW and American Legion. Cremation arrangements were handled under the direction of the Bidwell Funeral Home. Condolences may be sent to www.bidwellfuneralhome.com.
Bidwell Funeral Home
555 East Yellowstone Highway St. Anthony, ID 83455
Published in Rexburg Standard Journal on June 29, 2013