William Skatrud
February 11, 1949 - April 21, 2009
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St. Bernadette Catholic Church
2331 East Lourdes Drive
Appleton, WI
Friday 4/24, 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Service
Evergreen Cemetery - Manitowoc
Friday 4/24, 3:00 pm
St. Bernadette Catholic Church
2331 East Lourdes Drive
Appleton, WI
Friday 4/24, 11:30 am
Wichmann Funeral Home Tri-County Chapel
1592 Oneida Street
Menasha, WI 54952

SKATRUD, WILLIAM B. Bill Skatrud, age 60, of Appleton, passed away on Tuesday, April 21, 2009, at Appleton Medical Center. Bill was born on February 11, 1949, in Manitowoc, to Helen (Wallace) Skatrud and the late Harlan V. Skatrud. He graduated from Lincoln High School in Manitowoc in 1967, earning a Business Degree at Notre…

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Frank Goulet left a message on May 7, 2009:
Dear Mary and family; It is with my deepest sympathy that I write this. I worked with Bill while I was at Watson-Marlow and then maintained that friendship while here at Warren Rupp/ IDEX. I will miss visiting Bill, his Big Happy Smiles and laughter. Bill is considered by his work associates as "one of the good guys". I will miss him as I am sure you are. Our prayers are with you all.
Karen Willett left a message on May 5, 2009:
Dear Mary, Rob and Anne-- I just found out about the passing of your husband, father and freind. I am so deeply sorry for your loss. I remember the few times that I would pick Ryan (Bergner) up from your home...after he and Rob were together--Bill was always so kind, welcoming and just a delightful man. I know that you will all miss him deeply. I just wanted to offer our most sincere sympathy--We are so very sorry. God's peace to you all in the coming days, weeks and months to follow. He will always be remembered with a kind heart. Our sympathy, Karen Willett (Ryan Bergner's Mom) and family
Paul Jeltema left a message on May 2, 2009:
I just heard that Bill has passed away. Even though I have not seen him for a while, I still thought of him often. He was a kind, honest and caring man. I appreciate the times we visited you at the cottage. I pray that the Lord will be with you at this time.
Jay Ihlenfeld left a message on April 30, 2009:
Mary and family, It was so sad to hear of Bill's passing. He was one of the nicest and friendliest guys I've known in my life. We still remember your wedding. Most of our time with Bill pre-dates that, but the memories are as clear as today: weekends at Notre Dame, Madison, the cottage at Ellison Bay, Galveston, Harley and Bob's funerals........I could go on and on. What a terrific father and person he was. We apologize for not being present at the service. I am living in Hong Kong these days and Cindy was in Europe. We only found out this week. We are so sorry. Sincerely, Jay and Cindy Ihlenfeld Hong Kong (and Minnesota)
Sherry Donnino left a message on April 28, 2009:
After having known Bill for probably 45 years, I can never remember a time that I saw him or spent time with him that I didn't have a good laugh. He was by far one of the funniest, most congenial and quick wits that I have ever known. Bill always made everyone feel comfortable, welcome and appreciated. He was a genuinely kind man, and was loved by all who knew him. We will miss his presence and his humor always. My deepest sympathy to his family and close friends. Bill was one of a kind.
Peace of mind is a call away. We're here when you need us most.
Dick&Mary Ann Johnson left a message on April 27, 2009:
Mary and Family: Just looked at the Advocate today and were totally shocked and saddened at the news. We have such vivid memories of your visits to our store and Bill's smiling face, gentleness, and kindness. Just looking at the comments of so many others posted here are testimony that so many others share the same opinion!!! We pray that you may feel God's love and provision for you now and in the days to come. He and the angels are rejoicing with Bill's presence, and I'm absolutely certain Bill is making them smile and laugh!! With our deepest sympathies Dick and Mary Ann
robin rathsack left a message on April 26, 2009:
Dear Mary and family We are so sorry to learn of your loss:< Our prayers are with you and your family and hope that you find comfort during this difficult time God bless from all the Cranes
Dar Litvay left a message on April 25, 2009:
Mary, It's been a long time since we've seen each other, but please accept my condolences. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Dar Litvay
Deb & Dave Viegut left a message on April 25, 2009:
Dear Mary and family, We were shocked to hear of Bill's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. May you find strength in the love you shared and the wonderful family time you had together.
Dave Doll left a message on April 24, 2009:
I don't know how to write this. I am so happy to have known such a great man. He loved my brother and my family. We loved him. I will never forget how funny he was and how kind he was. What an example for us all to live up to. I can't express how much I want to be there this weekend but I can't. I will be thinking about you guys every second. I'll see you soon. - Dave
Michael Keating left a message on April 24, 2009:
Please accept my most heartfelt sympathies for your loss. My thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time. Fondly, Mike Keating [c/o Schult Family]
Lee A. O'Leary II left a message on April 24, 2009:
The O'Leary Family is thinking of you. Enid,Susan,Karen,Lee(old friend of Steve) and family.
Bryan Mueller left a message on April 24, 2009:
Dear Rob and family, I am so sorry to hear about your loss. God bless.
Tom Eisemon left a message on April 24, 2009:
Mary, Rob, & Annie, I was deeply saddened to learn of Bill's passing and offer up my most sincere condolences. I had many fond memories of Bill and have thought about him often over the past three days. From tales of his life-long dream of driving his yellow Jeep Wrangler w/ Parker the "wonder-dog" to simply unwinding at Hector's after a trade show, Bill was always a pleasure to talk to and be around. I truly feel blessed to have been included in a small part of his life and I greatly treasure every moment I spent with him. He was one of the brightest, most honest, and most personable people I've ever met both professionally and personally. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you - God Bless.
Denise Bremer left a message on April 24, 2009:
I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Bill was a wonderful man and always brought a smile to anyone. My deepest sympathy. Denise Bremer
Carole&Jim Crane left a message on April 23, 2009:
Mary,Anne and Rob We will miss Bill working at his beloved cottage on the shores of Green Bay. We have warm memories of him as our neighbor, always helpful and always smiling. Our hand is holding yours. Carole and Jim
Sheri Cornish-Ackerson left a message on April 23, 2009:
My deepest sympathy for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Merlyn & Betty Hoefner left a message on April 23, 2009:
Our deepest sympathy.
Elizabeth Calloway left a message on April 23, 2009:
Anne and Family, I am so sorry to hear of the tragic loss of your father. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family during this time. My deepest sympathy, Elizabeth
Breanne Bailey left a message on April 23, 2009:
Anne, words cannot describe how sorry I am for your loss. My prayers will continue to be with you and Bill and the rest of your family tomorrow.
Peace of mind is a call away. We're here when you need us most.
Tom and Carol Van Nelson left a message on April 23, 2009:
Dear Mary and family, We were so sorry to learn of Bill's death. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you. May God's strength help you at this difficult time.
Dick and Sally Clancy left a message on April 23, 2009:
Dear Mary and family....Clance and I are sincerely sorry that we can not be present for Bill's memorial. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Door County will not be the same without him. Hugs to you and the family. Sincerely, The Clancys
Kurt Krummrich left a message on April 23, 2009:
Mary, Anne and Rob, Please accept our condolences. Bill was not only a co-worker, but also a very good friend. I will miss him very much. Please try to use your many fond memories to help you through these very difficult times. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you. Kurt & Liz Krummrich
Jim Powers left a message on April 23, 2009:
How sad such a bright light has been dimmed. I met Bill on the golf course through Tom Mooney and touched base with him periodically while living in Apleton in the early 90's. It was always a pleasure to see Bill, and I never saw him without a smile. Deepest sympathies to all Bill's family and friends.
Jason Duncan left a message on April 23, 2009:
Bill made me feel like an old friend from the moment I met him. That was one of his special gifts - he knew how to truly connect with people.
STEVEN C ROLOFF left a message on April 23, 2009:
Dear Mary, Ann and Rob I am so very sorry for your loss. There are so many things I wish to say but it is hard to put them on paper. Mary Beth's and my prayers are and will always be with you. I will truly miss being able to talk with Bill. Steve
Tim Engelien left a message on April 23, 2009:
Mary, Rob, & Anne, Bill was the nicest man I have ever met. I have never met you guys, but I have spent the last 15 years hearing so much from Bill about the three of you, the cottage, Parker, Anne's Bill, the wedding, the trips, and the grandchild on the way. Bill always had a gleam in his eye when he talked about you all and last week was no different when he had lunch with me and my wife, Steph. Bill was the most "trusted" salesman that I had and I counted on him often. But, it was more than that. We would talk business for no more than 5 minutes and then it was all about our families, with some politics mixed in for fun. I will truly miss those conversations and I will truly miss Bill. The world will not be the same without him. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you all.
Mary Perry left a message on April 23, 2009:
Dear Mary, I am shocked and deeply saddened by the news of Bills passing. All the fun memeories of our Fun Seekers Group and Gourmet Group dinners together, along with just being great neighbors and friends. You are in our thoughts and prayers and will forever remain in our fondest memories. God bless you and your family Sincerely, Mary and Bob Perry
Shelley Pursell left a message on April 23, 2009:
Anne, Mary and Rob, My heart cannot express my sadness by the loss of your father and husband. He was such a wonderful person to be around. Anne, I will never forget how proud he looked on your wedding day. He touched many people's lives and will be deeply missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. Love, Shelley
Peggy Pitz left a message on April 23, 2009:
To the Skatrud Family, I am deeply saddened to learn of Bill's death. My sympathy and condolences to the entire family. One of the best memories of my last class reunion, was reconnecting with Bill. As many people have stated, he was kind, funny and such a joy to talk to. He was fascinating to listen to.....his love of family, the summer home and his work. I grew up with Bill and have wonderful memories from school and skiing at Hidden Valley......which I will now cherish. Love never dies. My love to you all, Peggy Pitz
David Feliz left a message on April 23, 2009:
I just want to express my deepest sympathy to William Skatrud's family.
Jennifer Guilford left a message on April 23, 2009:
My deepest sympathy for your loss. I worked at Siemens and had meet Bill on two different occassions. He was a very sweet and funny man. Best Regards, Jennifer
Doug Faison left a message on April 23, 2009:
My deepest condolences on your loss Bill was wonderful colleague and a great business man to work with through WMB.
Customer Service left a message on April 23, 2009:
Your family may not know any of us in Customer Service at Watson Marlow but we all felt compelled to share with you our heartfelt feelings about Bill. He was a man who often spoke so fondly of his wife, family and pet Parker. He was always happy and upbeat and would always make us smile and laugh even if we were having a bad day. His voice and personality somehow always translated through the telephone. We all worked with Bill in some capacity, some more than others but he touched all of our lives and Customer Service will miss him very much. May God be with your Family and provide strength through this difficult time, and take comfort in knowing that people may not live forever in this world but the memories that are made along lifes path can never die. The world has lost a great man but Heaven has surely gained an Angel. With our deepest sympathy, Lisa Young Tricia Toshach Denise Donlan Georgette Cabrera Sarah Fourtzialas Linda Valente
Marilyn (Becker) Muench left a message on April 23, 2009:
Mary and Family: On behalf of Manitowoc Lincoln High Class of 1967, please accept our deepest sympathy for your loss. We are saddened at this news. May wonderfull, happy memories sustain you during this difficult time. We will miss him at the next reunion!
Shellie Springborn left a message on April 23, 2009:
Bill was the greatest "second dad" a girl could ask for. It was always clear to me how much he loved and adored his wife and family. I will always remember his smile, his laugh, and of course, his french toast. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Love Always,
Tom and Lani Zabor left a message on April 23, 2009:
Dear Mary and Family, We are so sorry to hear about Bill. Our thought and prayers are with all of you. Take care, Tom and Lani
Mark, Marylouise & Erin Doren left a message on April 23, 2009:
Dear Rob, We are so so sorry to hear about your dad. Our deepest sympathy goes out to you and your family. Mark, Marylouise and Erin Doren
Andy Balon left a message on April 23, 2009:
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all in this difficult time. He was a great person and I regret I only got to spend a few years with him. He will be greatly missed by us all but he will brighten the sky in heaven. God Bless Andy
Bill Raynor left a message on April 23, 2009:
I was surprised and saddened to hear this. Bill was part of our poker group and was always a pleasure to be with. My condolences to the family.
Peace of mind is a call away. We're here when you need us most.
Tom Mooney left a message on April 23, 2009:
Mary, Anne, and Rob I cannot tell you how shocked I was to see that Bill had passed on Tuesday. I often think of all the wonderful times he and I shared as a business partner and more as my friend. I think of you all every Thanksgiving, the cranberry pudding we had with the belated Thanksgiving meal after Annie was born. I fell in love with the pudding and had to get the receipe...Sue is begged every year by Scott and I to make cranberry pudding. My first Mexican meal ever was at Chi Chi is Appleton with Bill. The times at the cottage memories that will last with me forever. He was a great guy, a wonderful person a superior sales person. I learned a lot from Bill. My thoughts and prayers will be with you all, god bless in this difficult time.
Tina Turek left a message on April 22, 2009:
Dear Mary, It was wonderful having you all as our neighbor on Briarcliff and to watch your kids (and dogs!) grow up so wonderfully. Thank you for keeping an eye on my Mom, Doris in the later years and my deepest sympathy on behalf of myself, Mom and the rest of our family to yours. May you find peace in all the wonderful memories of your life together with Bill.
Shirley & Keith Oppeneer left a message on April 22, 2009:
Dear Mary, Sorry we wll be unable to be with you on Friday. We will not be in town. Bill was a great person and we have fond memories of him. We were startled to see his obituary in the paper, and our follow-up visit to the Wichmann website. Keith & Shirley Oppeneer
Kay Eatough left a message on April 22, 2009:
A caring soul, a forgiving heart Our friend to the end, where do I start He had a smile like a Cheshire cat And when you needed one, he’d give you just that A lumbering walk, like he had all day To get where he was going - that was his way He was always willing to lend a hand His strategies at Euchre were hard to understand A carefree spirit with so much at stake Not a person he met - a friend he did not make He made us laugh, he made us cry He made us see the good in everything, and asked us to try He left us with the lesson that each day is a gift I hope he knew how much he’ll be missed
Dixie Olson left a message on April 22, 2009:
Dear Mary & Family, It was such a pleasure knowing Bill. He was always so much fun to be around. To know him was to love him!! He was gentle, funny, sweet, kind and so positive, always. Whenever we hear the phrase, "Life is Good", we will forever think of Skats. We are so grateful we were able to spend time with him in Florida with Steve & Kay, we had a blast and will always treasure that memory. I know he will be missed by so many people. I pray you will find comfort in the wonderful life you shared with him and the awesome person he was. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Love, Jim & Dixie Olson
Greg Staven left a message on April 22, 2009:
I work at the NewPage Whiting Mill and had lunch with Bill on Monday at Chili's. I have done business with him for many years and greatly appreciated his efforts and kindness. I will truly miss him professionally and personally.
Jim and Lori Guenther & family left a message on April 22, 2009:
Mary, Ann, Rob, We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Bill. We have so many memories of him during our days of hockey. His smile, humor and laughter would light up a room. He always had some real funny stories to tell. Our deepest sympathy goes out to you and your family. Love, Jim, Lori Guenther & family
Ginger and Dick Uehling left a message on April 22, 2009:
Mary, Anne, and Rob, It is hard for us imagine that Bill is gone. Tears filled our eyes when we saw the news on our computer. There are so many wonderful memories of our time with you on Briarcliff Dr. We thought you the most wonderful young couple to have living next door to us. We felt very fortunate. Bill was such a good man to all .... full of smiles and love for everyone. And how he loved his family! I know that each of you has wonderful memories of him to carry you through the sad days ahead. I wish everyone we know had as dedicated and loving husband and father as you had. Love with many hugs, Ginger & Dick
Wichmann Funeral Home & Crematories left a message:
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
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