Deacon William Kent Neuser, 66, of Quincy, died on Sunday (June 29, 2014) in Shawano Community Hospital.
He was born on May 7, 1948, in Quincy, the son of Paul and Inez Keil Neuser. He married Kathleen Lavery on June 30, 1979, in Quincy. Kathleen is the youngest of Joe and Anita Lavery's seven children, and she survives.
Deacon Bill was ordained a Catholic deacon on June 24, 2007. He retired in 2007 from Federal Express after working 22 years with the company. Prior to that, Bill had also served as sergeant with the Neillsville (Wis.) Police Department.
He attended elementary school at St. Francis, graduated from Christian Brothers in 1966 and completed the religious diaconate training through the Springfield diocese. Bill served his country in the U.S. Army from 1969-1975.
He was a devout Catholic, having attended St. Francis Solanus Catholic Church in his younger years, and he was currently a member of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church.
Deacon Bill was a member of the Knights of Columbus, and he had participated in the Adoration Chapel, Cursillo and Residents Encounter Christ. He served as Eucharistic minister at Blessing Hospital for many years.
Deacon Bill treasured his family and being a deacon. He was a voracious reader, who also liked to garden, fish and go hunting.
In addition to his wife, Bill is also survived by his mother, Inez Neuser of Quincy; four children, Luke Neuser of Quincy, Gina (Patrick) Holt of St. Louis, Laura (Joseph) Zanger of Liberty and Jesse (Caitlin) Neuser of Barry; five grandchildren, Eva Marie Hope, Abram Joseph, Elizabeth Grace and Paul Michael Zanger, and Gabriel Austin Neuser; one sister, Mary Ruth (Ed) Calcaterra, of St. Louis; and numerous nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, Paul, and one brother, Bob.
SERVICES: 11:30 a.m. Saturday, July 5, Mass of Christian burial will be held in St. Anthony Catholic Church. Interment in Calvary Cemetery, with military honors conducted by the American Legion Post No. 37 and the Illinois National Guard Honors Detail.
VISITATION: 2 to 5 p.m. Friday, July 4, in the St. Anthony Catholic Church, there will be a prayer service at 5 p.m.
MEMORIALS: Neuser family for Bill's medical expenses.
ARRANGEMENTS: Duker and Haugh Funeral Home