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William J. Uetz

William J. Uetz

William J. “Bill” Uetz, age 99 of Elk Mound, died peacefully Friday, February 22, 2019 at Mayo Clinic Health Systems-Menomonie surrounded by family.

Bill was born December 8, 1919 to Frank and Ida (Gehrke) Uetz on the family farm five miles east of Menomonie. He graduated from Menomonie High School in 1937 and married Norma Snittler on June 30, 1941. They were married for 77 years. After marriage, they raised their family and farmed on the family farm until retirement. After retiring, they traveled to Seminole Florida for a number of winters.

Bill was active in the Menomonie Moose Lodge, St. Joseph Catholic Church, a founding member of the GMAC (Greater Menomonie Advisory Council) where they met daily at the Flat Top Café. He also thoroughly enjoyed playing cards, especially Euchre, 500 and Cribbage.

Bill is survived by his loving wife Norma, five sons Dan (Lynda), Tom (Linda), both of Elk Mound John (Kim) of Knapp, Richard (Dawn) and Joe, both of Elk Mound,  11 grandchildren, 32 great grandchildren, one great great granddaughter, one sister Marian Erickson of Oroville, CA one sister-in-law Claudine Uetz of Rockford, IL, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, a three year old son Michael in 1956, one great great granddaughter Savannah and three brothers John (Pat), Francis (Virginia) and David.

Funeral Services will be 11:00AM Friday, March 1, 2019 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Menomonie with Rev. John Mano officiating. Burial will be the church cemetery in the spring. Visitation will be 4:00PM-7:00PM Thursday at the Rhiel Funeral Home in Menomonie and one hour prior to services at the church on Friday.

Rhiel Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Menomonie, is serving the family.


  1. Roxanne Richartz Malum

    Such a great man Thoughts and prayers to the Uetz family

  2. Barbara Uetz Guerci

    Wonderful uncle that created a wonderful family. Love and prayers to all of you. I take comfort he is reunited with Mike, my dad and all the others.

  3. Peggy Richartz

    Bill was my Dad Ted’s best friend. I grew up with Bill coming to Richartz Implement almost on a daily basis. It was more than buying equipment or parts. Truly it was to chat with the boys or have a game of cards. I remember them giving the nickname Lucky! Bill was successful in life because he loved his family. He will truly be missed.

  4. Edward & Jane Hanke

    Our Deepest Sympathy for your Loss

  5. Gail Skamfer

    So very sorry to hear that Bill has passed. You all are in my thoughts and prayers!

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