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William "Bill" Bean

August 14, 1924 ~ December 9, 2021 (age 97)

Obituary

William (Bill) Charles Bean passed away at Theda Care Regional Medical Center in Neenah on December 9, 2021 as a result of Covid complications. Bill was born August 14, 1924 in Belvidere, Illinois to William Carlton Bean and Frieda (England) Bean. On July 15, 1978 Bill married Sandra Porsche at St. Thomas Church in Menasha. They shared 43 years of marriage together. Bill loved the outdoors. He and Sandy lived in Boom Bay (Larsen) for over 40 years, where together they enjoyed fishing, snowmobiling and gardening. Bill loved to garden and every year more and more grass was turned into a new garden area. Fruit trees were also a big part of the Boom Bay experience. Their wooded land provided them with deer and turkey hunting and years of wood for their wood burning stove. In addition, Bill and Sandy enjoyed traveling to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, England and Las Vegas. Bill loved to joke and entertained many with his funny comments and sense of humor.

At the age of 5 Bill's family moved to a farm and to the very end Bill was a "farmer at heart".  Following graduation from Hononegah High School in Rockton, Illinois, Bill attended Beloit College for one year before entering the military to serve his country during World War II. He became a Navy medic, serving with the Marines at both Iwo Jima and Nagasaki. Following military service he returned to Beloit College to finish his Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry and obtained his Masters Degree in Chemistry at the University of Puget Sound. At the age of 8 Bill knew he wanted to be a chemist. Most of Bill's career was spent in research and development in the paper industry. He began his career in paper with Marathon Corporation, followed by years at Weyerhauser on the West Coast. Bill returned to Wisconsin with Marathon Corporation in Rothschild, eventually moving to Neenah with Marathon which became American Can/James River Corp/Georgia Pacific. Following retirement from the paper industry, Bill became a part-time employee of Kwik Trip in Winchester for 16 years. 

Bill was a participant in the Honor Flight from Appleton to Washington, D.C. where at Arlington National Cemetery he was fortunate to meet with his granddaughter serving with the Navy at the Pentagon.

Bill is survived by his wife Sandra, daughters Sally (Ted) Robl and Linda Gaither, grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. Also surviving are nieces, nephews, a special niece Debra (Tony) Tarara, sister-in law Carol Porsche, brothers-in law Jerry (Barb) Porsche and Kenneth (Gloria) Porsche and the mother of his daughters, Joyce Jackson. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Robert (Anna Mae) Bean and Donald Bean, daughters Susan Bean and Shela Sweetser and his in-laws, Lawrence and Evelyn Porsche.

Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, December 18, 2021 at St. Gabriel Catholic Church, 900 Geiger St., Neenah. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until the time of services. A memorial has been established. For online condolences, please visit: www.kesslerfh.com.

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Services

Visitation
Saturday
December 18, 2021

10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
St. Gabriel Catholic Church
900 Geiger Street
Neenah, WI 54956

Funeral Service
Saturday
December 18, 2021

11:30 AM
St. Gabriel Catholic Church
900 Geiger Street
Neenah, WI 54956

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