William Charles Elliot Clarke
Passed away very suddenly the weekend of February 13th. Bill was born in Lenox, South Dakota to Erhard and Lily Borchardt on February 23, 1962. He grew up in Madison, South Dakota and graduated from Madison High School. He attended the University of Arizona at Flagstaff and was a music and art major. In 2004 Bill got his nursing license. His kindness and compassion for others knew no bounds. When the 35W Bridge collapsed Bill drove down to the collapse site on his bicycle volunteered his nursing services to anyone who needed help. Bill was brilliant, multi-talented, enthusiastic traveler and hysterically funny. His garden in Uptown was a sanctuary for many neighbors who would stop at the fence just to look at his artistic urban oasis. The dinners and barbecues that Bill hosted with Bob were unparalleled. He had the touch of a gourmet chef and the eye of an artist when setting the mood for a party. He was a true force of nature and after you met Bill your life was forever changed for the better. He was a true friend, caring brother, and loving partner to his life partner Bob Schmitz. Bill and Bob were together for 21 years and through all times their deep love and support for each other was apparent. Although his passing has left us with an aching heart, we cannot help but feel joyful for having had the privilege of knowing such a fine man. He is preceded in death by his parents, his sister, Sharon Lampson and his brother, Ray "Butch" Borchardt, several friends and many adored pets. The Memorial Service to celebrate Bill's life will be held on Saturday, February 20th at 10 am at the Cremation Society of Minnesota at 4343 Nicollet Ave South, Minneapolis, MN 55409. A celebration will be held after the service for all to share our memories and start down the path to healing together. Floral arrangements can be sent to the Cremation Society at 4343 Nicollet Ave. As Bill loved his kitties as much as any person, please send all memorial donations to the Humane Society of Minnesota.

Published by Pioneer Press on Feb. 18, 2010.
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I too am thinking and missing Bill.
Theresa Anderson-Kentner
December 1, 2010
I love you and miss you so much....
Love, Spammoth
Sheila Morgan
November 26, 2010
You are so terribly missed; not only during the holdidays, but everyday...I love you so much
Sheila Morgan
November 26, 2010
This came as such a shock. I only just heard from John. I was wondering why you hadn't been in touch. I can't believe you left, Bill. I have so many memories of our friendship, and I expected us to be old together. You have a kind heart and always showed it towards others. I know you are in my heart until I pass too, but wherever else you are, I wish you the greatest happiness. For Bob and others who loved him, I hope you will also be happy; Bill would wish it.
Jon Duoos
April 5, 2010
My condolence to all of Bill's family and friends, especially to you Bob.
I feel blessed to have known Bill and Bob for almost 20 years where we all met for the first time after a church service so many years ago. It is true that after meeting Bill a friendship would blossom that was blessed by heaven. Bill was an angel who in his presence made you feel good, loved and that you were most important person at the moment. His wisdom, compassion and love of life made you feel whole.
Bob, your love for Bill surpassed all even to the end. He will always be in your heart for there he will speak and let you know that he is in a place of eternal love and his love for you is eternal. Need someone to talk to give me a call
James Kouba
April 3, 2010
March 25, 2010
Still missing you. I will look for you in the trees above, and in the grass, and among the blooms in my garden. Thank you for being my dear friend. XOXOXOX - Pussums
Sharon Anderson
March 25, 2010
Even though I haven't seen Bill for years, I remember him as a funny, kind and loving person. My heart goes out to his family and friends who must adjust to living in this world without him. He will be remembered with fondness.
Kathryn Hahn
March 24, 2010
I am very sorry to hear that Bill has left this world. I knew him for many years and the thought of him always brought a smile to my face. Although the miles and years separated us, I will always count him as one of my best friends.

Prayers for Bill and Bob are being said. May they find peace and know they both are loved.
Theresa Anderson-Kentner
March 3, 2010
I am Stephanie,my Uncle Bill's second oldest neice.I remeber soo much about Bill,he always called me his peanut.Uncle Bill,I will miss you and your loving ways about you,the way you could always find the humor in almost anything (good or bad) I think that runs in our family (lol) When my dad was dying you where there to answer any of my questions and a shoulder to cry on..Thank you for being you !!! Bob I never had the honor to meet you but Uncle Bill told me so much about you and I would still be honored to meet you some day..My thoughts and prayers are with you Bob,family,and friends may you all remember all the good times,and that he is still with us all in spirit! Oh and if anyone starts to find dimes in weird places thats Bill saying hello...His brother (my dad) started that after he passed..Uncle Bill...Please tell the rest of the family hello for me ...I miss you all so very much!!
Stephanie Rachel Borchardt,Delaney
February 27, 2010
Bilbo, you know what I tought of you. You meant so much to me. I am sorry our time here was not as long as I would have liked. Moses and Pasha miss you too. You were such a kind soul. Have fun and have a silver jello waiting for me when I come over.


Caerhl, Moses and Pasha
Caerhl Irey
February 26, 2010
Bill aka Bilbo to me, worked with me at Carlson, and he was always one of my favorite people. His sense of humor, his kindness, his laugh just pulled me in to his world. There was a group of us that would have lunch together, and we would laugh so hard that our sides would ache. He loved to nickname his friends, and he gave me mine and my daughters which I will treasure always. My daughter was 'Pixie' and I was 'Princess Elf of Elflaaaavia' . I love that name! All my best to Bob and Bill's family, I will miss Bill so much but will treasure the times we got to spend. Throw moss at birds Bilbo! RIP xoxo Sandee
February 22, 2010
Bill aka Bilbo to me, worked with me at Carlson, and he was always one of my favorite people. His sense of humor, his kindness, his laugh just pulled me in to his world. There was a group of us that would have lunch together, and we would laugh so hard that our sides would ache. He loved to nickname his friends, and he gave me mine and my daughters which I will treasure always. My daughter was 'Pixie' and I was 'Princess Elf of Elflaaaavia' . I love that name! All my best to Bob and Bill's family, I will miss Bill so much but will treasure the times we got to spend. Those moss at birds Bilbo! RIP xoxo
Sandee Elftmann
February 22, 2010
Sadly I never got to meet Bill, but I became well accquainted with Bob, his partner. Bob had told my family and I many sweet and fun stories of Bill, and it made me want to meet him. Bill sounded like the prime example of what God wants us to be in life; happy, loving, caring, compasionate, and full of joy to be alive. I think that even without personally meeting him, it's easy to tell that we should all follow Bill's footsteps in how to live our lives;to their fullest and beyond. You will be greatly missed, Bill.
Claire Vandrovec
February 20, 2010
Bill and I met 30 years ago. We would sit and talk for hours and he would help me sort through my thoughts, put them in order, and help me through many different mile stones in my life. For the past 20 years I spent a weekend in the fall with Bill and Bob in their home. Bill would take me sight seeing and Bill would take me places and ask me how I saw the world. Then when I would tell him I couldn't see he would explain to me how things really looked. The scenery of the seasons, the Minneapolis sky line, beautiful sunsets, the night sky, and many more things. He would explain to me in his words how things looked and through his eyes I saw the beauty of the world! And because of him I got a taste of that beauty also. He was truly one that stopped to smell the roses. Each year he would take me to the Renn Festival and made me feel like queen of the day! He always made the people with him feel so special. He made me laugh more than anybody I have ever known! And I always pointed out to him no matter where we went Bill would run into somebody he knew. He and Bob were so blesed to have each other! I will meet Bill again one day my heart tells me so.
Sherry Stassi
February 20, 2010
Bill was amazing... and I am so happy that our paths have crossed. Bill was my sister's friend, but he quickly made me his friend upon our first meeting. He is one of the most approachable, down to earth people, and you knew that he would do anything for you, even after just having met. I have laughed hysterically with him on many occasions, because everything led to laughter with Bill. I can only imagine how much his patients adored him... he had the personality that was meant for working with people... giving, encouraging, supporting. He gave a lot. And he made me feel special and important any time we talked. This earth was blessed with his birth... Bob, know that you were loved completely and that BIll will always be in your heart.

Don't giggle too hard up there, Bill. People might be trying to sleep ;)
Barbara Lee
February 20, 2010
I was so shocked to hear of Bill's death. Bill and I were childhood friends; we met just before fifth grade, walked or rode bike to school together every day, and were inseparable through much of junior high and high school. I have so many pleasant memories of being at Bill's house after sledding, listening to his mom's spooky stories - something we always talked about in later years. At our last class reunion, we made sure we took a shamelessly sentimental walk around our old neighborhood, a memory I will also always treasure. I had the pleasure of meeting you, Bob, several years ago when I was a guest in your home so Bill and I could attend the opera! Bill will always be remembered with love. Bob and Bill's family, you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Karen Stensrud
February 19, 2010
I only met Bill a couple times but you could tell that he was a caring and generous person. Bob I know all to well how difficult this can be and all I can say is to lean on your friends and family for support. If you ever want to talk I am just a phone call away.
Chris and Prinna Boudreau
February 19, 2010
The memories keep flooding through our minds of time spent with Bill and Bob; movie nights, gala parties, dinners out, chats over gardening, the day Bob drove home with the Jag, zoning out on the kittens and just handing out. John and I can't imagine coming back to our home in Uptown and not having Bill be there ... The next time we all pass anyone on the street - whether in the city or your own neighborhood and the next time someone needs a helping hand, make sure you reach out to them ... in honor of Bill as he understood the importance of community and of contributing to others. Bill Clarke will be remembered in our hearts as one of the most giving persons we have ever had the honor of knowing. Our lives are richer for his genuine warmth and sense of commitment to others and the world around him - especially Bob and his kitties. Bill we miss you already!
Catherine and John Geisen-Kisch
February 19, 2010
My name is Shawn and I am Bills oldest nephew. I have so many memmories of him from when I was a child all the way up till just before X-mas of 09. My uncle got me started in music in 4th grade and music has been my passion ever since. I remember at my grandmas growing up listening and watching him play piano,organ,and the acordian. Bill not only made beutiful music with instaments but also with his heart in helping and loving his family and friends. My uncle was one of a kind by every sense of the word! Since I was young he always called me "Schmoose" because growing up I could eat like one. I have been blessed to have spent time with him and Bob in Miniapolis and had an unforgetable time. Bill never judged,condemed,or hated.His heart was pure and full of love. I will miss you Bill so much and hope you will say hello to my dad,Aunt Sharon and grandma and grandpa.They are all missed,loved and thought of every day of my living life. Bob you have been such a great man for Bill and I am so sorry for your loss.You will always be loved as a friend who taught me to golf and family who also loved unconditionally.Bill was so lucky to have you and your love. Go rest high on that mountain Uncle Bill,I love you!!
Shawn Borchardt
February 19, 2010
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February 19, 2010
Bill was know to me through Sheila Borchardt Morgan. I experienced his life and awesome grasp of multiple talents. Bill opened my eyes to the wonders of cooking and not judging anyone until you really know them. I considered Bill a special person and respected him and his opinion greatly. My condolences to Bob and all of Bill's family near and far. I am sorry for his loss, but take heart in the fact he is with his loved and missed family. Save a seat for the rest of us Bill and we will rejoice with you later. Jason Johnson (Houston, TX)
Jason Johnson
February 18, 2010
I did not get to spend as much time with my uncle Bill as i would have like too. But the time I did get to be with him I will never forget. He was a light to anyone he met. Bob I have never had a chance to meet you but If Bill loved you, you must be a wonderful person. I would like to get in contact with you to get to know you better as you will always be a part of our family. I will miss you a lot Bill.
Justin Martin
February 18, 2010
I knew Bill through my sister Eva Mott. They were best friends for it seems forever. I'll always have fond memories of Bill and some of the things we use to do together like attempting to play tennis and watching Letterman's Top Ten List. He was a wonderful person and will always have a place in my heart.
Debbie Bargmann Johnson
February 18, 2010
I love this picture of Bill...what a smile! I am Bill's youngest niece, so I don't have many memories, which I deeply regret. As my sister, Sheila, said..I too remember the nose "beep"ing, lol. Always such a wise guy! I also remember when I was little and would be laying on the floor or the couch and he would come up to me and place his face above mine with his chin by my forehead and he would smile and make funny faces..which looked totally hilarious upside down!! I will never forget his sense of humor, his infectiously loud laugh, the way he played the piano and organ when I was a little girl at grandmas house, the super long messages he would leave if he didn't reach me on the phone (almost fitting the whole conversation in one voicemail, lol), how he would call and sing me happy birthday. How he was there for me when my brother died and when my dad was sick and also died. Bill, I love you more than you can ever know. I hope you will give my love to all our family that you are joining with now! You were an angel on earth and now you must continue on another plain. You will be missed! And soooo many thanks to you, Uncle Bob, for being a wonderful part of Bill's life and also a part of my family, as you always will be! Find strength in Bill's love during these hard times and remember all the good things!
Amanda Borchardt Clyde
February 18, 2010
As Bill's oldest niece (we were 7 years apart) I have so many wonderful memories of us growing up together. The times he'd push me around the floor in a cardboard box, we'd go sledding in the creek across the street from Grandma's, he'd "beep" me on the nose and put pepper in my Oreo's. As we got older, we did alot more things together and if we weren't together, we'd spend hours on the phone talking about anything and everything. I used to visit in the winter and he'd laugh at me because I complained how cold Minnesota is. When I was a teenager, he "blessed" me with my nickname "Spammoth". He got the nickname "Bilbo" many years ago when a friend accidentally called him that. Bill was there for me when I graduated from high school and when his first great niece was born. He had so much fun with her; just like when we were kids. The past few days have brought back more and more memories that I will forever cherish. You are so loved and will be missed terribly. Bob, you are in my thoughts and prayers. Thank you for being a part of Bill's life and our family. Sheila
Sheila Borchardt Morgan
February 18, 2010
Bill's smile tells it all. Especially in his Obituary picture. This was the smile that one had the pleasure to look at when you were in his company. A trusting smile, a trusting person. He made us feel that we could share with him anything and everything. Both Rick and I are so very sorry that he is gone. We are feeling so empty inside. Our daughter Natalie was just getting to know him and she saw in him all things wonderful. She too is an animal lover. She is truly pained by this. Natalies siblings are very sad for family and friends of Bills. Rick and I are happy that Bill had a wonderful partner in Bob.
Rick and Roberta Borchardt
Paul (Rick) Borchardt
February 18, 2010
Bill was a very special, big hearted, energetic person and I have never laughed so hard I as I did with him. I met him when he was very young and he turned into a very good man and touched many people in his lifetime. His sister Sharon was my very best friend and I still miss her so. My heart is broken for this loss and for the pain his loved ones must now bear.
Melissa Watson
February 18, 2010
Bill was a force to be reckoned with. He had the power of laughter, the force of compassion, and a deep wellspring of love. He loved me as a friend. I don't know why I was so lucky to have stumbled across his path, but I thank God always that he did. Bill was hysterical and had a way with words that was so unique and so him. Bob - my heart goes out to you, and my shoulder is here for you. My dear Bill, please rest well.

Sharon Bogner Anderson
Sharon Bogner Anderson
February 18, 2010
A beautiful tribute to an incredible human being. Our lives will never be the same without Bill. So much love to all who loved him, including me.
Patty L
February 18, 2010
Dear Bill's loved ones, My Mother Daisy and I first met Bill at Walker Tree Tops when she moved in for a safe assisted living situation. We fell in love with the building and the people right away; especially the five angels on earth that worked in the office. They were Bill, Joy, Patti, Mary and Sally; there are no words to describe how sweet and compassionate and loving and caring these people were. Bill and I became closer all the time, probably because I was bugging him all the time with health and medical issues concerning my Mama. He always made time for us whatever our needs were, no matter how busy he was. He had a smile and a laugh and sense of humor like no other; and when engaged in a conversation with a friend you had his full attention...your were the most important person in the world at that moment. We will keep all in our prayers and may our Lord herald his newest angel into his magnificent kingdom and may we all be joined together again, someday, with our dear, sweet, Bill.
Eric & Daisy Zander
February 18, 2010
Eric & Daisy Zander
February 18, 2010
I feel blessed and fortunate that I had the opportunity to spend an afternoon with Bill and other friends a month or so ago. We had so much fun and, as usual, we laughed and laughed and laughed. It was such a light, fun and totally awesome day! I will always cherish the memories of the times that I (and my family) spent with Bill. He gave my daughter her first set of fairy wings and gave me my first and only asparagus ink pen. He was so darn funny and caring!! He was always such a lover of all things nature and such a thoughtful friend. I remember his favorite expression for saying goodbye was "Throw moss at birds" and he would always call me Moss (as a shortened New Yorkish version of Marcie). So whenever we would part company he would say Moss Moss. So now it is really hard for me to say Moss Bill. I will miss your sense of humor, your contagious laugh and all things that made you who you are!

Love and Moss,

Marcie Kelner
February 18, 2010
My dearest brother-in-law. I will never forget the first time I met you in Madison,South Dakota. You always called me "Montrose" and then you would look at me and laugh. As your brother and I kept enlarging our family, you were so proud each time you held each of those babies for the first time. I could go on and on about our family days gone by, but I would run out of room. May you rest in peace in the arms of our dear Lord. And my thoughts are prayers are with you, Bob, now and always. Thank you for being a very large and important part of Bill's life. Let the Lord guide you and strengthen you at this difficult time and always. The Lord needed another angel and now He has my special brother-in-law.
Diann Borchardt-Sallee
February 18, 2010
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends. I was Bill's class mate in the nursing program at MCTC and was a co-worker at Walker Methodist Health Center. He was a smart person and his simile is infectious. He truely will be missed.
Wale O.
February 18, 2010
So filled with life and so young gone. God Bless this young man. It sounds like he was a fine example of human life the way it should be lived. My condolences to all who were Blessed to know him, especially his one true love.
Helen Az.
February 18, 2010
To the family and friends of Bill,
I'm sorry I never had the opportunity to meet him. This was one of the most beautiful tributes to a human spirit that I've ever read. Bob, I hope that you can find comfort in family and friends. This world has lost a gentle soul. My thoughts and prayers are with those Bill left behind.
February 18, 2010
Willow ~ such a flower in my life. Love and peace to you on your journey.
White Ash .
February 18, 2010
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