William Parker

FLORENCE, Wis. – William “Bill” F. Parker, 84, of Florence, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, at Golden Living Center in Florence.

He was born June 27, 1929, in Popple River, Wis., son of the late Neuman and Pearl (Winkworth) Parker.

Bill grew up in Tipler, Wis., and Florence and attended Florence Schools. He served in the U.S. Air Force for three years before being honorably discharged. Bill moved back to Florence and on July 21, 1951, he married Marilyn Hillburg at St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church in Florence. They recently celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary.

While living in Florence, Bill worked for many of the area mines, including the Tobin and Randville. He moved to Nevada where he worked in a mine for two years before moving back to Florence. Bill also worked for Goodman Industries and the J.C. Penney Co.

He was a life member of the American Legion Post 211 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3635, both of Florence. Bill enjoyed many hobbies including woodworking and working with leather. He was best known for the building of wooden cars, trucks and other automotive vehicles that he called his executive toys. He has many model cars displayed in the World War II Glider Museum, Iron Mountain.

Bill is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Marilyn; three daughters, Karlyn (Randy) Osterberg of Aurora, Wis., Renee (James) Kanyuh of Vulcan, and Leanne (Claude) Wilcox of Florence; one brother, Jim Parker of Sheboygan, Wis.; seven grandchildren, Andrew (Jessica), Karl (Tina), Jeffrey (Melinda), Jason (Andrea), Shawn, Sherry (Gary) and Kristina; five great-grandchildren, Jack, Paige, Alexis, Brooklyn and Tyler; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Bill was preceded in death by his stepmother, Eloise Bloom; three brothers, Douglas, Melvin and Marvin; and one sister, Maxine Hoya.

Visitation will be Saturday, Oct. 12, from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, Florence.

Funeral services will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at the church. Rev. Robin Zeratsky will officiate.

Burial will be in Commonwealth Cemetery in Commonwealth, Wis.

The American Legion Post 211 and the VFW Post 3635 of Florence will accord military honors at graveside.

You may light a candle in remembrance of Bill, or leave a condolence for his family online at

The family has chosen the Jacobs-Lundholm Funeral Home of Florence, to honor Bill’s legacy of life.