William 'Bill' Rodenkirch

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William J. “Bill” Rodenkirch, 81, of Prairie du Chien, passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020, at Crossing Rivers Health in Prairie du Chien, due to a short illness with lung cancer. 

Bill was born Nov. 5, 1938, to Paul and Eunice (Pohle) Rodenkirch at the Beaumont Hospital in Prairie du Chien. He attended Campion Jesuit High and Prairie du Chien High School. Bill served in the U.S. Navy in Japan and Guam. He married Sandra Trentin on July 8, 1961, at St. Gabriel’s Catholic Church, Prairie du Chien. Bill was employed at Dillman Sand and Gravel, Paul Mara Construction, Prairie Beer Distributors, and the Villa Louis. He played softball with Bob Kuckenbecker’s team for 20 years, golfed with Carroll Paulson, Ray Kittle, Tom Rink, and Walt Slaget and let’s not forget the 5 a.m. coffee group every weekday at the old Coaches Drive Inn. Bill was a member of the Prairie du Chien Fire Department from 1971 through 1994 in many positions, including assistant fire chief.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Sandra; children, Tina (John) Osterhaus and Bill (Deanna) Rodenkirch; grandchildren, Joshua Osterhaus, Jennifer (Justin) Peak, Andrew (Megan) Osterhaus; great-grandchildren, Amelia and Finnley Osterhaus, Layla and Paxton Peak, Ethan and Ella Osterhaus; step-grandchildren Steffanie (Brian) Kohn, Stacia (Tim) Stephenson, Vanessa (Charles) Beckman, and Weston Nemitz; and step-great-grandchildren, Madison Devlin, Everly Stephenson, Olivia Beckman; and many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by a sister, Virginia “Sis” Lochner; brothers-in-law, Jerry Pat Trentin, Tony (Chris) Trentin, and Jim (Cheryl) Trentin. 

Bill was preceded in death by his parents; son, John; sister, Ruthann Therring; father- and mother-in law, Jerry and Helen Trentin; brothers-in-law, Bruce Trentin, Jerry Fernette, and Michael Lochner. 

According to Bill’s wishes, there will be no formal funeral services at this time. The family would like to thank the staff at Crossing Rivers Hospice for the wonderful care given to Bill and his family during his time there. The Garrity Funeral Home, of Prairie du Chien, is assisting the family. 

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