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William Kauth

William Walter "Bill" Kauth

Friday, June 3rd, 1938 - Wednesday, January 1st, 2020
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William W. Kauth, 81, Mosinee, died Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020, at Ministry St. Clare’s Hospital, Weston.

William Walter Kauth was born June 3, 1938 in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin to Walter and Anita (Grabs) Kauth. Bill graduated from Lincoln High School and earned a forestry degree from the University of Minnesota. He married Joyce Fehrmann at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Wisconsin Rapids on August 22, 1959.

Bill played football for the University of Minnesota Gophers 1958-59 and on the 1960 National Championship team including the 1961 Rose Bowl. He played halfback on offense and cornerback on defense, and also returned punts and kickoffs.

He began his career as an industrial forester in the redwoods of northern California with Simpson Timber Company. He then spent 34 years in forestry with Mosinee Paper Corporation in Solon Springs, WI; Grand Rapids, MN; and Mosinee, WI until his retirement as their Manager of Forest Operations.

Bill was past Chairman of the American Pulpwood Association Lake States Division, the Wisconsin Paper Council Forest Practices Committee, and the Wisconsin Tree Farm Program. He was a longtime member of St. John Lutheran Church in Mosinee and a past chairman of their Endowment Committee. Bill served on many councils and committees and taught Sunday School at the churches where he was a member over the years. He served briefly on the Board of Trustees of the Samoset Council Boy Scouts of America. He was inducted into the Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln High School Sports Hall of Fame and was a member of the University of Minnesota M Club, the National Woodcarvers Association, the Affiliated Woodcarvers Limited, and the Wisconsin River Woodcarvers, Inc. Bill has also served in city government.

Joyce and Bill and their children enjoyed many fun travel and camping experiences together over the years. Bill liked golf and many other outdoor activities, and in retirement did woodcarving. He modeled Christian faith, a good work ethic, companionship and a sense of humor. After an extended illness, Bill passed away January 1, 2020 with family present. Bill was preceded in death by his parents and infant brother.
Bill is survived by wife Joyce, brother Jim (Gerry) Kauth, children Susan Sharkey, Sharon (Greg) Schultz, Tom (Dona) Kauth, son-in-law Wayne Sharkey, grandchildren Jeff (Brittney) Schultz, Matt (Megan) Sharkey, Megan Sharkey (Will Morrison), bonus grandson Chris (Brooke) Schultz and bonus great-granddaughter Skyler Schultz.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, at St. John Lutheran Church, Mosinee. The Rev. Ray Claussen will officiate. Burial will be in Mosinee Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. Saturday until time of services at the church. Beste Funeral Home, Mosinee, assisted the family with arrangements. Online condolences can be made at

The family prefers memorials to St. John Lutheran Church or the charity of one’s choice
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  • Visitation

    Saturday, January 4th, 2020 | 9:00am - 11:00am
    Saturday, January 4th, 2020 9:00am - 11:00am
    St. John Lutheran Church - Mosinee
    901 11th St
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  • Service

    Saturday, January 4th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Saturday, January 4th, 2020 11:00am
    St. John Lutheran Church - Mosinee
    901 11th St
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    Rev. Ray Claussen
  • Interment

    Mosinee Cemetery
    Main St., Hwy B
    MOSINEE, WI 54455
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Tom and Marnie Brown

Posted at 05:58pm
Dear Joyce and Family

Bill was a great Gopher team mate and often my roomie. I will always remember him driving out to B.C. with me in l961 looking for our new jobs. We so appreciated your company and your assistance when we returned to the U of M for our 50 year reunion in 2010. And visiting with you in our neck of the woods was a bonus. Bill will be missed. Memories will be cherished.

Love Tom and Marnie Brown



Posted at 08:32am
Joyce, Susan, Sharon, Tom and Families,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. When we think of Bill, we think of a thoughtful and kind man, one who could talk to anyone at any time, anywhere. We are so glad to have gotten to know him through Susan and Sharon.
...Jay and Nancy Larsen, Menominee, MI

Margaret Kazmierczak

Posted at 05:18pm
Joyce and Family,
In the Loss of your Loved One...
These words of deepest sympathy are sent with the hope that, as time goes by, cherished memories will help bring you inner peace, and make him still seem very close to you.
May the memories that mean the most to you live forever in your heart.
With Caring Thoughts,
Marge and Leroy "Kaz" Kazmierczak


rob kudick

Posted at 09:59pm
Bill was my mentor, co-worker, friend and father figure. I am very sad today and will miss him dearly. Martha and I are praying for Joyce and the family.

Rob Kudick

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