William Ronald Werbeckes of Chilton passed away from complications related to COVID-19 on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020 at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Appleton at the age of 86.
He was born Feb. 27, 1934, the eldest son of the late William P. and Ann A. Werbeckes (Jesinski).
Bill graduated from Sheboygan Central High School (1952) and then went on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Science at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls (1957). In 1956 he married his high school sweetheart, Bette J. Brooks, and together they raised five children. They have been married for 64 years.
Bill joined the Wisconsin State Patrol in 1964 where he served on the force for 27 years until his retirement in 1991.
He was a member of Good Shepherd Catholic Parish in Chilton, where he served as a Eucharist minister and lector for many years. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 2556, Chilton. Bill was an avid bowler—he was the oldest active bowler on his league. When not bowling, Bill enjoyed watching the Packers, Badgers, and Brewers, gardening and spending time with his family. He will be greatly missed by his family, friends, and neighbors.
Survivors include his wife Bette and children Carrie (Doug) Staege of Beechwood, grandchildren Logan (Erin) Staege and Liz (Alex) Awve and great-grandchildren Audrey and Dominic Staege and Emma Awve; Mark (Lori) Werbeckes of Mount Horeb, grandchildren Nathan (Shannon) Werbeckes, Nic (Katie) Robles, Sara (Miles Morkri) Werbeckes; Jean (Donald) Aden of Sun Prairie, grandchildren Noah and Hayley Aden; Dan (Jeanna) Werbeckes of Sherwood, grandchildren Jacob (Nina Slezak) Werbeckes and Caleb Werbeckes; brother Robert Werbeckes of Sun City, Arizona; sister-in-law Susie Brooks of Lakewood, Washington; and nieces and nephews in Wisconsin, Nevada, and Washington.
Bill was preceded in death by his daughter, Jill Werbeckes; his parents; in-laws Edward and Emelie Brooks; sister-in-law Kaye Werbeckes; and brother-in-law Roger Brooks.
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Bill’s funeral service will be held privately for immediate family only, with the burial in Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Sheboygan. Memorials can be made to Good Shepherd Catholic Parish in Chilton or the Knights of Columbus Council 2556, Chilton.
Please consider sending online condolences to Bette and the family at http://www.wietingfuneralhome.com.