William ‘Bill’ Thayer Purfuerst

William “Bill” Thayer Purfuerst, 80, of West Bend, passed away on July 1, 2009, at Cedar Lake Health and Rehabilitation Center.

William was born on Oct. 16, 1928, to William and Lucy (nee Thayer) Purfuerst in Milwaukee.

Bill is survived by his loving wife Ruth (nee Weyland) of 59 years; children, Sharon (Carter) Protzmann, James (Carlette), Karen (Ken) Kegley, Thomas (Debbie) and Rebecca (Brad) Hielsberg. He is further survived by 13 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; inlaws, Marion Matyasz and Faith (Eugene) Anderson; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents and sister, Audrey Bloedorn.

A funeral service will be held on Monday, July 6, 2009, at 1 p.m. at Good Shepherd Evangelical Lutheran Church of West Bend, 777 S. Indiana Ave., with the Rev. Robert Hein and the Rev. Richard E. Lauersdorf officiating. Interment to follow at Graceland Cemetery. Visitation will be at the church only on Monday, July 6, from 11 a.m. until time of service. Memorials are appreciated to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church or the Alzheimer’s Association.

A special thank you to the staff of Cedar Lake Community for their loving care of Bill.

The Phillip Funeral Home of West Bend is assisting the family. www.phillipfuneralhome.com.