William C. “Bill” Papke, Monticello

 

William Charles “Bill” Papke, age 81, of Monticello, passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013, in an auto accident. Visitation was on Sunday, Nov. 17, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Peterson-Grimsmo Chapel, 250 E. Broadway, Monticello. There was a prayer service at 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m. Monday Nov. 18, at Faith Lutheran Church, 12449 Clementa Ave. NW, Monticello, with Rev. Jim Tetlie officiating. Interment was at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery, Little Falls. Funeral arrangements were with the Peterson-Grimsmo Chapel of Monticello. 
Bill was born on April 3, 1932, in Annandale to Floyd and Viola (Erickson) Papke. He served with the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War. Bill worked as a mechanic for Cadillac for more than 30 years and, after his retirement, he opened his own small garage in Clearwater. He loved to fish, hunt with his grandsons, snowmobile, spend time in Las Vegas and demolition derbys. He will be missed by his family and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Floyd and Viola Papke, and daughter, JayeAnn. Bill is survived by his wife of 60 years, Barbara;  six children: Robin (Leroy Gramsey), Kim (Paul Hoglund), Terri (Rusty Grimley), Jodi Cummings, Randy (Michelle) and Nancy (Ricky Kimmer);  22 grandchildren;  21 great-grandchildren;  sisters, Mary Anne (Paul Potretzke), Susan (Jamie Jacobs);  and many friends in Monticello, Las Vegas and the Lost Acres Resort. 
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