William Frank Kleinsteiber “Bill” passed away peacefully on April 20th, 2017 at the age of 78 in Surprise, Arizona.
Born March 7th, 1939 in Butternut, Wisconsin to Anita (Wegner) and Frank “Peace” Kleinsteiber.
After completing high school, Bill proudly served 4 years in the U.S. Navy which included conflicts in Formosa, Lebanon and the Cuban Missile Crisis.
Bill married Laverne “Vern” Cummings in 1963. They moved to Milwaukee Wisconsin where Bill worked at the Harnischfeger Corporation. In 1964 they had a son, William F. Kleinsteiber Jr.
In 1969 the family relocated to St. Anthony, Idaho where Bill started working in the logging industry. He has said those were some of the best times of his life. In 1970, Bill and Vern had their daughter, Kyleen Kleinsteiber (Grende).
Bill returned to Butternut in 1978. He worked at the Park Falls paper mill and then married Maxine Kilger in 1984.
After retiring after 20 years work, he enjoyed doing woodworking, making firewood and visiting his children and grandchildren in Idaho and Arizona. Bill was an avid hunter & loved fishing at his favorite fishing hole in Kilgore, Idaho.
Bill moved out West to Surprise, Arizona in 2015 to be closer to his son and his family and to enjoy the Arizona weather.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents, brother Wayne, sisters Joanne Springer (Jerry) and Bonnie Steiner (Art), his beloved angel, granddaughter Lakyn Rae Grende, great niece Jacolyn (Jaci) Kempf and cousin Chad Barber.
He is survived by his children, William F. Kleinsteiber Jr (Rhonda) of Surprise, Arizona and Kyleen Marie Grende (Travis) of St. Anthony, Idaho; His grandchildren Alyx-Marie, Braiden, Koal and Shadlee; His great-grandchild Boden; His beloved sister Karen and brother-in-law Jack Kinnear of Butternut, Wisconsin and brother-in-law Jerry Springer of Lady Lake, Florida; His good friends Dave Lucas of Park Falls, Wisconsin and George Jeffs of Parker, Idaho; And all his nieces and nephews that he thought fondly of.
Bill loved his family and always looked forward to talking and spending time with them. Bill was a good man with a big heart, he will be missed.
Per Bill’s wishes, services will be held at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona at a later date.