William B. “Bill” Daskam, 86, of Kiel died peacefully at his home on Tuesday morning, Sept. 8, 2020.
Bill was born on Feb. 6, 1934, son of the late Victor and Veronica (Roden) Daskam in the township of Deer Creek. He was a graduate of Oshkosh High School. He married Marlene “Chris” Christensen on May 9, 1953.
Bill served in the U.S. Navy for two years in 1954 and 1955, serving as a radar specialist on the U.S.S New Jersey for part of that time. Following his service, Bill taught radar courses for 10 years at the Naval Reserve in Oshkosh. During that time he also attended Wisconsin State University-Oshkosh, working on his teaching degree. He worked at WI Axel (currently known as Rockwell International) as well as the Oshkosh Post Office while attending college. Upon completion of his teaching degree, he started his teaching career at Kiel Area School District in the 1960s, teaching English and Reading. During his summer breaks, Bill attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison to gain his Master’s Degree as a reading specialist. Bill retired from the Kiel Area School District on June 4, 1994. He also taught for a short time in Franklin.
Bill operated Rock Advertising and Millhome Calendar House. He was also part owner of The Egg & I Restaurant in Madison.
Bill enjoyed his social group known as the Dirty Dogs, boating on Cedar Lake, and his Tuesday card club with his buddies. Bill and Chris traveled extensively before and after retirement. Bill also enjoyed coin and stamp collecting.
Bill is survived by his wife of 67 years, Chris; one son, Steve (Ana) Daskam of Waterloo; and step-grandchildren Aprilia and Nimas, as well as nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son Paul; two sisters, Joyce (Richard) Schmirler and Frances (Stanley) Esslinger; and brother-in-law Don (Marilyn) Christensen.
Per Bill’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A Memorial Service will be held at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 16 at Meislewitz-Vollstedt Funeral Home, 815 6th St., Kiel. The Rev. Ted McCurdy will officiate, with burial in Kiel Belitz Cemetery.
A time of visitation will take place at the funeral home on Wednesday from 1 p.m. until the time of service.
Bill will be fondly remembered for his intellect, his wit, his love of family, and his jokes!
The family is grateful for care given to Bill by St. Croix Hospice and Home Sweet Home Again Homecare.
Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.meiselwitzfh.com.
A memorial will be established at a later time.