William Koenen

Date of Death: Nov 11, 2021
William Koenen

1942 - 2021

William Koenen, 78, of Waupun, peacefully passed away on November 11, 2021 at Prairie Ridge in Waupun, with Sharon at his side.

William was born December 15, 1942 in Kewaskum, WI the son of Jacob and Cora Wiesner Koenen. He graduated from Goodrich High School in Fond du Lac in 1962. He continued his education at St. Norbert College in De Pere where he received his Bachelor’s degree. On August 1, 1970 he married Sharon Lloyd at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Eden. They resided in De Pere for six years, moved to Beaver Dam, and in 2000 moved to Waupun.

Playing baseball was Bill’s passion, and he satisfied it when he played with the Mayville Legion team, his high school and college teams, and Rock River League teams, where he won the 1961 Batting Championship for its Northern Division, playing for Brownsville. Later he coached youth teams, and followed that by attending every one of his sons’ games, and many of his grandson’s games. Later, golf replaced baseball as a source of abundant challenges and fun at Old Hickory in Beaver Dam.

Bill served three years in the Army, attending Officer Candidate School and spending a year in Korea. He put in another 24 years in the Army Reserves, retiring as a Lt. Colonel. While doing that, he was a manufacturing engineer at John Deere in Horicon for 27 years. He was an active member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Waupun.

William is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Sharon; two sons: Greg (Mary) Koenen of Vienna, Virginia and Dan Koenen of St. Charles, IL.; three grandchildren: Sam, Mia, and Ben; a sister, Arlene (Robert) Gellings of Campbellsport, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

William was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.


Friends and relatives may call on the family on Thursday at Werner-Harmsen Funeral Home in Waupun from 4-7 p.m. and on Friday at the church from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service.


Funeral services for William Koenen will be held Friday, November 19, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Waupun with Fr. John Radetski officiating. Lunch for all will follow the service.

Memorial Contribution

Memorial contributions may be made to Knights of Columbus John Burke Chapter 4897 or St. Vincent de Paul at St. Joe’s Church, or the Alzheimer’s Disease Research, 22512 Gateway Center Drive, P.O. Box 1950, Clarksburg MD 20871-1950.

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  1. Mary Ann Schoenwetter Says: November 15, 2021 at 5:56 pm

    Sympathy and prayers to Sharon, Greg and Dan Koenen. So sorry to hear of your loss. Always enjoyed Bill. He was a true gentleman and kind and thoughtful person.

  2. Julie Schwartz Says: November 15, 2021 at 6:59 pm

    Sharon – Thinking of you and your family during this tough time! We very much enjoyed spending time with Bill at Adult Day and thank you for sharing him with us! Such a sweet man who is truly now at peace. Sending hugs and thoughts and prayers! Julie Schwartz and the team at SSM Health Adult Day Services

  3. Derek Gittus Says: November 15, 2021 at 7:37 pm

    My family’s deepest condolences to Sharon, Greg, and Dan. He was always such an insightful and helpful mentor as a baseball coach. He was also a kind and generous host during the many hours I spent at their house as a teen. I will miss his sly sense of humor.

  4. Derek Gittus Says: November 15, 2021 at 7:41 pm

    My family’s deepest condolences to Sharon, Greg, and Dan. He was an insightful mentor as a baseball coach. Furthermore, he was a generous host during all those hours I spent at their house as a teen. I will miss seeing his sly smile and sense of humor.

  5. Richard Gittus Says: November 16, 2021 at 7:39 am

    Thanks long time friend for the years in baseball with my son Derek and your sons Greg and Dan and in football with Greg, and in Hockey with Dan. How appropriate that you
    died on Veterans Day. I salute you Sir……………

    Dick Gittus RM2
    USCGC Barataria

  6. Darlene Van Drisse Says: November 16, 2021 at 3:11 pm

    Our family knew this great family in Beaver Dam, as children and adults connected. The golden years. Sympathies to the family as they treasure his leadership and caring and move forward with so many healing memories.

  7. Kay stellpflug Says: November 16, 2021 at 6:07 pm

    Sharon, Greg and Dan,
    Our thoughts are with you and your family. Saying goodbye is the hardest part of loving someone.may all your memories keep you smiling and grateful.
    Sincerely, kay and jack stellpflug

  8. Goodrich High School Class of 1962 Says: November 16, 2021 at 7:25 pm

    We would like to extend our sincerest sympathy to the Koenen family. May Bill Rest In Peace and may you always have the fondest memories of him.

    The Goodrich High School Class of 1962

  9. Greg Steil Says: November 19, 2021 at 8:57 am

    Sharon, Greg and Dan: Please accept my condolences and prayers. One of the greatest blessings in my life was the 2 years I spent teaching at UCPS. I met so many wonderful families like yours! Bill was always supportive of his sons and made a difference in our community. As Dick Gittus mentioned, I also salute him for his service to our country. My best wishes to all of you!

  10. Pam Gilgenbach Says: November 21, 2021 at 3:54 am

    My thoughts and prayers are with you Sharon for the loss of your husband Bill. I’m confident that your family will be there to help you at this difficult time.
    Praying that God’s love will continue to give you strength.

  11. John Bishop Says: November 22, 2021 at 10:21 am

    We are sorry to have missed Bill’s funeral services last week. We were in Montana for a family funeral. Bill was a wonderful friend, co-worker, and mentor during the years we worked together at Deere. Our sincere condolences to you and the family.
    John and Lucille Bishop

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