We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Stahl Funeral Home
Bill Standke, “Frog” to many lifelong friends, age 72, of Redgranite, passed away Monday afternoon, May 30, 2022 at his home, with his family by his side. He fought a courageous battle with Hep C and the liver cancer that resulted, for the past five years.
He was born May 8, 1950 in Berlin, the son of Clarence and Dorothy (Luhm) Standke. He married Barbara J. Bray on May 6, 1971.
Bill was a 1968 graduate of Wautoma High School. In 1969 he began working at the Berlin Foundry and retired after 45 years. Bill loved being in the outdoors, whether it be hunting, fishing, sturgeon spearing or cutting wood on the land. His love for the outdoors was shared with his wife, Barb, as they fished the Masters Walleye Circuit as a husband and wife team for 11 years. Those friendships that were formed throughout the Midwest continue to this day. Because of his love for fishing, he felt a better storage system was needed for those tangling crankbaits, after all, fisherman don’t want to be untangling lures, they want to be catching the elusive big one. In 1996, B & B Bait Boxes became a reality. Bill loved spending time with family and friends and found great joy in his grandchildren. He made his goal of becoming a member of the 100 lb club, as in February 2022 he speared a 106 lb sturgeon on Lake Winnebago. Bill was an active member of the Redgranite Volunteer Fire Department for 30 years, 1971-2001.
He is survived by his wife, Barb; sons Matt (Sharon) Standke (Chandler, AZ) and Ryan (Summer) Standke (Oshkosh); his loving grandchildren, Allison, Victoria, Tyler, Cambria and Willow; his siblings, Steve Standke and Heidi Randall; sister-in-law Donna Meyer, nephews Sean Bray and Austin Meyer. Further survived by many relatives and special friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents and stepfather, James Bahn, in-laws Donald, Adeline and Mike Bray.
A special thank you to the IR staff at Aurora Medical Center in Oshkosh, who for the past two years became Bill’s medical family. Thank you to Compassus, Hospice of Neenah for your support and care.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial will be established in Bill’s name.
A Celebration of Life Gathering will be held on Friday, June 10, 2022 from 4:30 p.m. -7:30 p.m. in the Stahl Celebration and Remembrance Center, W7452 State Road 21/73 in Wautoma. A time to share stories and special memories will be held at 7:30 p.m.