William R. “Bill” Schaper, 82, of Webster passed away on Monday, Aug. 19, 2019.
Bill was born in Metteson, Illinois, to Lucille and Alfred Schaper.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Daniel Schaper; uncle, Frank Schaper; aunt, Josephine Schaper; and cousin, Audrey (William) Bigelow.
Bill is survived by his nephew, Peter Schaper, and his children, Steven Schaper and Julie Schaper Furgason; Steven’s child, Victoria Schaper; and Julie Schaper Furgason’s children, Nigel, Warren, and Rhys Furgason. Bill is also survived by his niece, Kim Schaper; his sister-in-law, Nona Schaper; cousins, Bruce, Allison, and Brad Bigelow; and extended family, Jerry and Kim Stypula and their children and grandchildren.
Bill was drafted into the United States Army and served with the 5th Infantry Division from 1960 to 1962. He then entered the Army in Chicago, and his last duty was at Fort Carson, Colorado. He was a food service person in the service. Before he was drafted he worked at Ford Motor Company in Chicago Heights, Illinois, and after he was honorably discharged he returned to this job. When Bill retired, he used to say he threw his watch away. “Bill retired to Hertel and never looked back,” his family said.
Bill loved his independent lifestyle that included hunting, fishing, and spending time with his friends and family. “He was well known for his (sometimes colorful) stories and was seldom without a one-liner,” his family said. “Bill got great joy from making people laugh, and if he thought he shocked you it was even better. Mischief was always just below the surface.”
Added his family, “Bill loved lots: he loved a good meal, and if fresh-fried fish was on the menu, he was extra happy. He loved cookies, children, animals, the outdoors, old movies, playing music, and listening to music. Bill loved to get together with family and friends (most recently his angels, as he would say, from the Hearts of Gold Nursing Agency). He loved to tease people, and if he could get a zinger in, he never missed the opportunity. Bill just mostly loved people and is going to be dearly missed.”
A celebration of life will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 31, at the Sand Lake Elders Nutritional Site, located near the Tribal Center in Hertel.
Interment will follow at Viola Lake Cemetery with full military honors commencing at the gravesite at 2 p.m.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Swedberg-Taylor Funeral Home in Webster.
Condolences may be expressed at Swedberg-Taylor.com.