William L. Tews, 72

William L. Tews of West Bend passed away unexpectedly on Aug. 4, 2008, at the age of 72. "To my sweet William, you will always be my best friend, soul mate and beloved husband," Sandy. A warmhearted dad who strove to give character and strength to his children, Michael (Jennifer) Tews, Ursula Nygaard, Ingrid Ornburg, Elizabeth Lemley, Julie Schaller and Michele (Russ) Schmidt. A really special grandpa to his "fan club," William, Harrison, Ava, Gunnar, Ingaliese, Michael Todd, Isabella, Emily and Leah. Dear brother of Karen (Russ) Redenz and Marlene Gilbert. Also remembered by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. William also was preceded to heaven by his parents Wilma and Leonard Tews and grandson Matthew. Bill served as president and CEO of Tews Company. He was president of the Builders Ex-change of Milwaukee, the Wisconsin Redimix Concrete Association and he served on the National Redimix Concrete Association Promotional Committee. Bill was a member of the Cedar Lake Yacht Club. He was an avid sailor and skipper of E and C Scows, as well as a sailing judge of Blue Chip Regattas. Bill also judged E, C, MC and F boat races. He was a member of the Kiwanis Club (Milwaukee), Cosmopolitan Club, Junior Chamber of Commerce Milwaukee, The Club at Pelican Bay in Naples, Fla., Wisconsin Club, The Mirabel Club in Scottsdale, Ariz., West Bend Country Club, National Rifle Association, Ducks Unlimited, Fin and Feather Club, and the Safari Club International.Bill served on many other boards and committee's too numerous to mention. Bill was a graduate of Wauwatosa High School and went on to graduate from Luther College, Decorah, Iowa, in 1960. Bill was on the long-range planning committee for Luther College. Visitation Monday at the funeral home from 4 to 7 p.m. Visitation Tuesday at the funeral home from 10 a.m. until the time of services at 11 a.m., followed by graveside services at Wisconsin Memorial Park. Memorials to the Cedar Lake Yacht Club, The American Heart Association or Luther College Decorah, Iowa would be appreciated. To know Bill was to love Bill, a man of integrity whose strong character and presence couldn't help but impress. A strong Christian, a patriot, a conservationalist, a sailor, an outdoorsman but most of all a great family man and husband. His presence and his quick wit will be dearly missed but always remembered. Words cannot describe our love and our loss. P.S. "This is Bill Tews and I approve of this message." For sympathy expressions, go to www.BeckerRitter.com.

The Becker Ritter Funeral Home, 14075 W. North Ave. Brookfield, is assisting the family, 262-782-5330.