Bill Guennigsmann, age 62, of Wabasso, died Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2009, at Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar.
He was born July 29, 1947, in Hutchinson, to Frank and Margaret (Kieser) Guennigsmann. Bill grew up in the Winsted and Glencoe areas, attending Holy Trinity School and graduating from high school in 1965.
Bill then entered the US Air Force, serving four years.
He attended Indiana University and Dunwoody Institute.
Bill was united in marriage to Jan Meyer June 8, 1974, in Glencoe. They lived in Glencoe until moving to Redwood Falls in 1977, and then to Wabasso in 1985.
Bill was an insurance agent in the Wabasso State Agency for the past 25 years.
He was a member of St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, serving on the church council for seven years. Bill was also a member of the Wabasso Lions Club, having served as secretary, the Wabasso Commercial Club, and the American Legion in Wabasso.
He enjoyed fishing, bowling, fixing computers, playing softball, and taking care of his lawn.
Bill is survived by his wife, Jan, of Wabasso; his son, Todd and wife Amanda Guennigsmann of St. Louis Park; eight brothers and sisters, John Guennigsmann (Lavonne) of Lester Prairie, Elmerina Fautsch of Menomonie, WI, Clifford Gueningsman (Leana) of Lester Prairie, Marvin Guennigsmann of Winsted, Marcel Guennigsmann (Karen) of Shakopee, Clyde Guennigsmann (Darlene) of Watertown, Marlys Briesemeister of Lester Prairie and Ralph Guennigsmann (Claudette) of Silver Lake; sister-in-law Elaine Gueningsman of Winsted; and brother-in-law Simon Sterner of Winsted.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Margaret Guennigsmann; his brother, Leonard Guenigsman; and three sisters Leona Helmbrecht, Verdella Sterner, and Luella Guennigsmann.
A memorial service took place Friday, Sept. 18 at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Wabasso.
Visitation was Thursday, Sept. 17 from 4 to 8 p.m. at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, and continued Friday for one hour prior to the service.
Arrangements were by the Sunset Funeral and Cremation Association of Echo and Wabasso.