William “Bill” B. Reabe, 78, Oconto, passed away peacefully Saturday, March 9, 2019, at home surrounded by family after a long battle with cancer.
He was born June 2, 1940, in Waupun, to William C. and Leona M. (Welk) Reabe. Bill was a loving husband to Susan (Johnson) Reabe, whom he married in Eau Claire in 1984.
Bill is survived by his wife, Susan; one daughter, Wendy (Darrell) Schwersinske of Berlin, Wisconsin; three sons, William D. (Jacklyn) Reabe of California, Maryland, Brad Reabe of Dunbar, Wisconsin, and Bart (Judy) Reabe of Hollywood, Maryland. Further survived by 10 grandchildren and six great- grandchildren; three sisters–in-law, Sharon Manthei of Ashland, Bobbie (Keith) Gjestson of Roundup, Montana, and Ann (Mark) Ciske of Portage; one brother-in-law, David Johnson of Robbinsdale, Minnesota; special friends, Janet Spanbauer of Green Bay, and Rick Stange of Blaine, Minnesota; and many nieces and nephews.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents; his sibling, Connie Tank; brother-in-law, Robert Tank; nephew, Tommy Tank; and parents-in-law, Marge and Warren Johnson.
Bill graduated from Waupun High School in 1958. After school he was employed by Ameritech for 32 years, retiring in 1992. Bill loved fishing and was a member of the Masters Walleye Circuit for more than 20 years where he fished tournaments throughout the Midwest. His first partner was his son Brad and they won father and son Team of the Year. Later he teamed with his nephew Tom Hoinacki and took first place in three separate tournaments. But it was Bill’s favorite fishing partner, Sue, who helped him pre-fish most of the tournaments where they met many lifelong friends. After retiring from fishing he worked part time at PESI in Eau Claire until the time of his illness.
Bill was an avid hunter who looked forward to every November for deer hunting season to get together with his sons, grandsons and hunting partners of nearly 50 years. For more than 20 years he enjoyed an annual Wyoming mule deer hunting trip with a small close group of friends. His passion to ensure hunters were safe inspired him to instruct Hunters Safety for the Eau Claire Rod & Gun Club for more than 40 years; he also had the pleasure of teaching all of his kids. Bill volunteered for public service in Eau Claire and was an active member of the Jaycees, Kiwanis and Elks clubs.
The family gives a special thanks to Unity Hospice for their compassion and support during this difficult time.
The family will receive friends at a visitation and funeral service at the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 1120 Cedar St., Eau Claire. Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. on Friday, March 15, followed by a funeral service at 11 a.m. Inurnment will take place at a later date at Forest Mound Cemetery, Waupun.
In lieu of flowers or other expressions of sympathy a memorial fund has been established in his name.
Hansen Family Funeral & Cremation Services, Green Bay, is serving the family.