William Meils

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Meils, William B.

William B. Meils, age 97, of Wisconsin Rapids, WI died Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at Riverview Hospital, Wisconsin Rapids, WI.

Funeral Services are 11:00 AM Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at the United Methodist Church, Wisconsin Rapids, WI. Rev. Patricia Lyon will officiate. Visitation will be at the United Methodist Church on Tuesday from 10:00-11:00 AM. Burial will take place at the Novotny Cemetery, New Miner, WI. Ritchay Funeral Home in Wisconsin Rapids, WI is assisting the family.

Bill was born August 9, 1916 in Maroa, IL to Bernhard and Anna (Uphoff) Meils. He married Mary C. Novotny on August 14, 1948 in Wisconsin Rapids, WI. Bill served as Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II from 1941-1945. He started Rapids Sales and Service in 1946 and Rapids Realty in 1960. Bill was one of the founding members of the local realtor's board, serving as its first secretary. He also had a construction company for 22 years. Bill was a member of the Masonic Lodge for 25 years and the United Methodist Church since 1948.

Bill was preceded in death by his wife, Mary, one daughter, Frances Ann Engel, five brothers and one sister. He is survived by his daughter, Cathy Meils of Wisconsin Rapids, WI and Prague, Czech Republic, two grandsons, John Engel of Stuart, FL and Christopher Engel of Norman, OK and one granddaughter, Katerina Kobylka of Wisconsin Rapids, WI and London, England.

Memorials can be addressed to the Wisconsin Rapids Community Theater.

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Published in Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune on Feb. 14, 2014
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