William “Bill” A. Babcock, 86, of Fort Atkinson, passed away Friday, July 12, 2019 at Wellington Place.
Bill was born on Feb. 19, 1933, in Janesville, son of the late Lawrence and Minnie (Schmaling).
He married his high school sweetheart, Marilyn Berndt, in Loves Park, Ill., on Dec. 5, 1953. They were married for 63 years before she preceded him in death on Dec. 27, 2016.
Bill was a United States Navy veteran and a life member of the Deerfield-Cambridge Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion. He was a former member of the Masonic Lodge in Converse, S.C.
Bill was a long-time tool and die maker; working for Ingersoll, Thomas Industries, Modern Machine and Wisconsin Fineblanking until his retirement at age 80.
One of Bill’s great joys was taking yearly tarpon fishing trips to Matlacha, Fla., with family and friends. He also enjoyed gardening and raising pigs.
He will be dearly missed by his family and friends.
Bill is survived by his children, Betsy (Robert) Fueling, Mark Babcock, Kathleen Case, Sheryl Babcock, MaryJo Hookstead, Sally (Phillip) Cali and Debra (Barry) Satterlee, all of Fort Atkinson; 11 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and sister, Laurel McClenithan of Matlacha, Fla.
He also was preceded in death by his grandson, Julian Patterson; and brothers, Donald and Richard Babcock.
Funeral services will be held at noon on Wednesday, July 17, at the Dunlap Memorial Home in Fort Atkinson.
Friends may call on Wednesday at the funeral home from 10 a.m. until the time of service. Burial will follow in Lakeview Cemetery in Fort Atkinson.
His family would like to thank all of the caring staff at Rainbow Hospice and Wellington Place.