On Thursday, March 5, 2020, William “Bill” Milz passed away in Green Bay, Wisconsin. He was born on May 9, 1945 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and raised by the late Dorthea (Proft) Milz and Emil Milz.
He is survived by his loving wife, Andrene; his children, Elizabeth (Steve) Primrose of Machesney Park, IL, Gretchen Milz of Marinette, WI, and Bryan (Amy) Milz of Green Bay. He will be terribly missed by his seven grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Barbara.
Bill was an active member of the Masonic Lodge, beginning as a member of DeMolay as a young man, and joining the Masonic Lodge in Milwaukee.
Bill was a graduate of South Milwaukee High School and a proud veteran of the US Marine Corps Reserves. He continued his education at UW Green Bay and UW Oshkosh, concluding with his earned Doctorate from UW Stout. He found a home teaching at NWTC Marinette and Green Bay for many years.
Bill truly believed that public schools are the foundation of our country’s greatness, and practiced this through his involvement as a member of the Marinette School Board, an active union member and longtime board member of the Wisconsin Education Association Council (WEAC), and a member of the Marinette County Democratic Party.
Bill valued the environment, appreciating walks to the bay, bicycling through Marinette county, and visiting his daughter while stationed around the world, especially Cuba and Hawaii. He enjoyed being an early Hybrid owner and bragging about the fuel efficiency of the car.
Most importantly, he is remembered as a kind and caring husband, father, and grandfather. His love for his grandchildren is apparent, especially with a sparkle in his eye and playful antics. Many times, children would ask him if he was Santa, and he would wink and walk away.
Visitation will be held on Saturday, March 14, 2020 at First United Church of Christ, 509 S. Webster Ave., from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Memorial service 3:00 p.m. at the church with Pastor Bob Laubenstein officiating. Online condolences may be expressed at www.prokowall.com. Proko-Wall Funeral Home is assisting the family.
The family would like to thank Dr. Lafonde with Bellin Health, and Unity Hospice. Their care and support allowed him to pass with the grace and dignity he and the family desired.