WILLIAM ANTHONY EGGEBEEN

William Anthony Eggebeen “Tiger” has reached his final destination seeking Lord Jesus Christ. He is going home to be with Marilyn.

Bill might have died at age 90 (Monday, March 18, 2013), but his spirit will live on in Cascade Forever!

He lived in Cascade, Wis., his whole life. The last six months he has resided at Plymouth Care Center, Plymouth.

Most people knew him as “Tiger” being the lifelong resident of Cascade. Bill has seen many changes there and he was so very proud of the village and his wonderful neighbors who took time to visit and bring food over so he could have a homemade meal in which he just cherished, especially after Marilyn died. He loved to visit with every one of you.

He was born in Cascade on July 17, 1922.

Bill was born in the upstairs of the hardware store (Eggebeen Hardware), which his parents owned and operated for many years. He was the son of Abraham and Elizabeth (Hulee) Eggebeen.

Attending Cascade grade school, his career started in Cascade working for his parents in the Eggebeen Hardware Store, working as a stock boy, delivery boy and clerk.

Bill was proud to have served his country in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II from 1942-45, serving in the Asiatic- Pacific Theater.

After he returned home from the war, on Nov. 15, 1947, he married Marilyn M. Kolpin at St. John Lutheran Church in Plymouth.

After their marriage, he went into business with his father and brother-in-law. They started Cascade Implement. He worked at American Motors for three years in Milwaukee. He also worked with L.E. Meyer Highline Electrical Contractors in Hales Corners for three years. After years of driving many miles all over the state, he found his permanent job with the Sheboygan County Highway Department where he did multiple jobs, endless snowplowing in the winter and drove truck hauling blacktop in the summer for 30- plus years, retiring in 1982.

He worked for the Deputy Sheriff’s Department Association for 43 years, where he spent many weekends up at Road America working as a special deputy. His brother and he had a bridge named after them. They named it the Eggebeen brothers’ bridge. The brothers stood guard on each end of the bridge. He spent countless hours helping with charity events and brat fries retiring after 43 years of service at age 76.

Bill and Marilyn lived and raised their family in Cascade. They were married 56 years. She preceded him in death in 2004. Bill celebrated his 90th birthday this past July at the Village Hall in Cascade.

Bill was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Cascade, where he had served as usher in the early morning services until he was 84.

He has always been a very active lifelong member in the Ambelang-Ebelt & Lau American Legion Post #386 of Cascade where he served as their vice-commander first, then commander for one term, 1967-69. He took care of placing the American flags on the graves of all veterans in many of the area cemeteries for years. He also belonged to the VFW World Cheese Center Post #5612 in Plymouth. In his spare time, he loved to bowl.

Bill never sat still for a moment; he maintained the Mount Pleasant Cemetery in the town of Mitchell for 40 years with the help from his family, including his brother and wife, with the configuring of the plots and the bookkeeping.

Tiger just could not sit still so in his 70s, he went back to work part time; at Cascade- Meat market delivering sandwiches to convenience stores in the area, also delivering cheese for Cascade Cheese.

Tiger in need of one more job, his fourth part time, was courier for the bank in Cascade for 11 years. He loved his daily trip to Campbellsport, and on Wednesdays to Fond du Lac, just him and his dog, retiring when he was 87 years old.

Tiger was a member of the Cascade Fire Department for 61 years, always being there if they needed him for anything.

Tiger will be well known to all the firemen for being the longest and the oldest member of the Cascade Fire Department, picking up the new truck in the early days to helping with many projects and all those picnics in the brat stand and other many committees he helped serve on. He always made known how long he was in the department and how important it was to get along with his fellow firemen for the community.

Our father did so many things for everyone because he knew that God will take care of the rest and so Firemen, be faithful to the community and the rest will all fall into place! He has been a mentor to many, and a friend to all.

Preceding Bill in death was his wife, Marilyn; his parents, Abraham and Elizabeth (Hulee) Eggebeen; his in-laws, Almon and Clara Kolpin; brothers-in-law, Byron Held Sr., Aaron (Bud) Kolpin, Lee Lisowe and Richard Dassow; sister-in-law, Lois Backhaus; twin great-granddaughters, Jasmine and Joslin Voss; and great-grandson, Owen Bunke.

Survivors include three daughters: Bonnie (Bill) Roltgen, Plymouth; Barbara Schaub, Plymouth, and Beth (Bill) Lagacy, Glenbeulah; one sister, Marie Held, Cascade; and one brother, Abraham “Bud” (Laura) Eggebeen, Austin, Texas. He has two sisters-in-law, JoAnn Dassow, Sheboygan Falls, and Carol Kolpin, Plymouth; one brother-in-law, Levi Backhaus, Plymouth; six grandchildren: Greg (Susan) Roltgen, Erin, Wis.; Sandra (Greg) Bugbee, Whitefish Bay; Jeremy (Lori) Schaub, Plymouth; Tina (Clint) Kasprazk, Sheboygan Falls; Ann (Mat) Bunke, Glenbeulah, and Jason (Sarah) Voss, Campbellsport; 11 great-grandchildren: Jack, Katie, Cole and Baby Bunke; Alex and Layla Voss; Brooklynn and Jaycob Schaub; Emma Roltgen, Madison Bugbee and Addyson Kasprazk. Bill is survived by other nieces, nephews and other relatives and many friends.

Special thank you, to Cookie and Joe for all their hard work and care of their Uncle Bill. We couldn’t have done this without you both!

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, March 25, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Cascade. The Rev. Richard Bidinger, pastor of the church, will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, town of Mitchell.

Friends & Family visitation will be at Suchon Funeral Home in Plymouth from 1-6 p.m. Sunday, March 24, and at the CHURCH on Monday from 10 a.m. until the time of services.

The Ladewig-Zinkgraf American Legion Post #243 and the Ambelang-Ebelt and Lau American Legion Post #386 of Cascade will conduct military rites at the church following the services.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in William’s name.

The Suchon Funeral Home and Cremation Services is serving the family. For online condolences, please visit www.suchonfh.com.

Bill’s daughters Bonnie, Barb, Beth would like to thank all of you who have been a part of our father’s care. Everyone at Tender Hearts, Rocky Knoll, and especially Plymouth Care Center, Dr. Kapur, Dr. Kream, Dr. Murthy, Dr. Kuttikut, and all of their staffs from the Plymouth and Sheboygan Clinics, and Evercare. Especially to all his friends and neighbors who watched over him so passionately! We could not have done this without all of you and the help from our Lord Jesus Christ. God bless all of you!


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