William B. Sarles Jr., 86
William Bowen Sarles Jr., 86, Grafton, passed away on July 7, 2015, after a valiant struggle with Parkinsonís disease. Bill is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Marjorie; his children, Susan, Katherine and William B. (Amy) Sarles III; eight grandchildren, Leah, Joshua and Jessica Bonaparte, Molly, Megan and Emily Sarles and William B. and Matthew OíConnell; and his brother, Frank Sarles.
Bill was born in Manhattan, Kan., in 1928. He attended Wisconsin High School in Madison and the University of Wisconsin-Madison after serving four years with the United States Navy during the Korean Conflict. He was a member of the Sea Bee division stationed in Alaska and Guam. A true athlete, he excelled in any sport he played and was recruited by the University of Wisconsinís football coach to play for UW-Madison. Later on, he took up golf and then taught himself how to play tennis. Bill started the Brown Deer Tennis Club in Brown Deer, served as its president and also ran a program assisting high school tennis players. He also enjoyed swimming and sailing and had a passion for fishing, including catching coho salmon on Lake Michigan out of a canoe.
Billís other interests ranged from astronomy to geography to music, from jazz to classical. When he could no longer participate in sports, he turned to flying a computerized flight simulator and landed in all of the worldís major airports.
Bill will be truly missed and was much beloved for his marvelous wit, innate intelligence, his ability to appreciate lifeís simple pleasures and his unconditional love for his family.
He was simply the best.
Per Billís request, there will not be a funeral. A private memorial service will be held for his immediate family.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the following in his name: Wisconsin Parkinson Association, 2819 W. Highland Ave., Milwaukee, WI, 53208.
For online condolences please go to www.muellerfuneralhome.com.
Mueller Funeral Home & Crematory, Grafton assisted the family with the arrangements.