William passed away on Sunday, November 19. He was born February 12, 1926, in Baraboo, Wisconsin, the son of William and Iva Fern (Glover) Schreiber. Bill enjoyed reminding everyone that he was born on Abraham Lincoln’s birthday. He grew up on the farm built by his parents in the Town of Greenfield.
During his senior year of high school, Bill was inducted into the U.S. Navy. He sailed the Pacific on the LST 334 stopping off in the Marianas, Philippines and Okinawa; preparing for the invasion of Japan. While sailing off the coast of Okinawa, the war ended. Bill was awarded the Bronze Star medal for saving the life of a fellow sailor. After the war, Bill was awarded his Baraboo High School diploma but returned to the high school to take post-graduate courses in chemistry and advanced math where he met Marian Hanson He proposed to her on her 18th birthday, April 15, 1947. He later remarked how impressed he was with her intelligence. Bill and Marian were married on October 4, 1947 at the Presbyterian Church in Baraboo. On October 4, 2017, Bill and Marian celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary with a breakfast at Four Star.
Bill became involved in the plastics industries in Baraboo working at Flambeau and Klein Plastics as plant maintenance supervisor. After retirement, he continued working as a consultant and installed plastics equipment for various companies. He enjoyed researching fuel cells, ethanol gasoline as well as solar and wind energy. He installed a solar panel, built a solarium, and burned corn for fuel in his home. In his later years, Bill was interested in meteorology.
Following in his father’s footsteps, Bill was active in local government. He was school clerk for the Glenville State Graded School, served as chairman of the Greenfield Town Board and was a member of the Sauk County Board for many years. Bill and Marian also assisted with Greenfield elections for many years.
In addition to his day job, Bill and Marian operated a truck farm raising vegetables for area grocers. Their farm was well known to strawberry pickers and lovers of asparagus. Bill was proud of the large garden he grew every year.
Bill was active in the Riverside 4-H Club. He was a county 4-H judge of projects related to electricity and science for many years.
The house that Bill and Marian bought in Greenfield in 1953 had no indoor plumbing. Bill installed plumbing and rebuilt their house over the next 50 years. In 2016, Bill and Marian moved to Oak Park Place in Baraboo.
After Bill retired, Marian and Bill enjoyed traveling throughout the United States visiting relatives. For their 50th wedding anniversary, they toured Hawaii. Marian’s brother, Jim, was stationed on Ford Island in Pearl Harbor and survived the attack on December 7, 1941. Marian and Bill visited Ford Island and the naval areas that Bill passed through in 1944-45 during World War II.
Bill is survived by his wife, Marian; six children: Susan (Buddy) Gogue, William, Katherine (Tim) Nolden and Robert (Cassie) of Baraboo, James (Lisa) of Albuquerque, NM,; and Patricia Schreiber (Ron Plumer) of Waunakee, WI. He is survived by 13 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren, several step-grandchildren, step-great grandchildren, his nephew Richard Wilkinson (Katherine), as well as other friends and relatives.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents, his sister, Muriel (Clark) Wilkinson and her daughter, Mary (Fred) Hoffmeister.
Respecting Bill’s wishes, there will be no funeral.
The family would like to thank Oak Park Place as well as Agrace Hospice for all of their love, kindness and support. In addition, the Four Star Restaurant owners and staff were like family to Bill and Marian every morning for breakfast for many years.
Memorials made be made in Bill’s name to the Sauk County Historical Society or Agrace Hospice. Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family.