William ‘Bill’ R. Poppie
William “Bill” R. Poppie passed away unexpectedly August 4, 2015, in his sleep at the age of 60. He lived in Killen, Alabama, for the past 35 years, but was born in Waukesha on Father’s Day 1955.
A celebration of his life was held in his beloved Alabama on August 9 at Elkins East Chapel. Bill’s Alabama and Wisconsin families surrounded him that day, as they greeted so many relatives, friends and co-workers that came to share their love and memories. He is laid to rest at Mount Pleasant Baptist Cemetery, Lexington, Alabama.
He loved his family deeply and is survived by his wife of 26 years, Teresa McGee Poppie; daughters, Emma Poppie Clemons and Alice Hill; son, Andy (Julie) Hill; and grandchildren, Marisa, Eli and Lillianna, all of Alabama. He is further survived by his Wisconsin family: father, Richard Poppie of Hartland; mother, Bernadine Kreidler Poppie of Hartford; brother, Ronald Poppie (Jennifer) of Ettrick; sister, Annette Poppie Elftman (Chuck) of Ixonia; and brother, Patrick Poppie of Crivitz; along with numerous nieces and nephews who loved him dearly.
Bill was a 1973 graduate of Catholic Memorial High School. He grew up in Genesee Depot, Waukesha and Big Bend/Vernon.
Before moving to Alabama, he had worked at Waukesha Cutting Tools. He was a longtime employee of the Tennessee Valley Authority at the Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant in Athens, Alabama, and he was elected the shop steward of his union.
He was an avid reader, amateur historian, a philosopher, strong pro-life supporter and was very passionate about Alabama college football and his Green Bay Packers. “Roll Tide and Go Pack.” He loved rock ’n roll and jazz music, was a gun enthusiast and had recently returned to his love of cycling. He loved joking around and to know him was to understand his unique humor. His family considers it a true gift that Bill had just been back to Wisconsin with his daughter Emma and granddaughter Lillianna the last week of June. He was a very proud “Grand-dad!”
Included in his memorial card was this: “May the road rise up to meet you, May the wind be always at your back, May the sun shine warm upon your face, May the rains fall soft upon your fields, And until we meet again, May the Lord hold you in the palm of His Hand.” — Old Irish Blessing
“Don’t cry because it’s over.
Smile because it happened.”
— Dr. Seuss