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William "Bill" Francis Hodgkiss, 76 of Lakewood, Wisconsin, devoted and beloved husband, father and grandfather, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 9, 2017, at ThedaCare Hospital in Neenah.
Bill was born in Cleveland, Ohio on Sept. 30, 1940. He graduated St. Ignatius High School (Cleveland) in 1958. Bill joined the United States Navy after graduation where he attended Language School in Monterey, Calif. He then served as a Communication Technician (interpreter) in Bremerhaven, Germany.
After Bill returned from the service, he met and married the love of his life, Mary Louise "Mimi" Tinney, on May 15, 1965. Bill and Mimi quickly became a family of 3 with the birth of their first son William (Bill), followed by Jennifer, Brian, and Jodi. Bill and Mimi settled in Conneaut, Ohio where Bill began his distinguished career in banking. While working and raising his treasured children, Bill earned a degree at Cleveland State University, followed by a Graduate Degree in Banking from the Stonier School of Banking at Rutgers University.
He was also a faculty member at Kent State University. Bill served as President of the Conneaut Rotary Club, and Chamber of Commerce. He also served six years on the Youngstown Diocese Board of Education, two as President. Bill coached the 7th and 8th grade basketball team for St. Francis Cabrini School for 11 years. He also coached numerous little league teams for his sons.
In 1983, Bill and Mimi relocated their family to Appleton, Wis., where Bill continued his career in banking and his tireless service to the communities in which he lived. While working in the banking industry, Bill served as President and CEO of three different banks, the last being Firstar Bank of Appleton. Following his distinguished thirty year career in banking, Bill spent the final ten years of his professional life serving as the Vice President of Business Affairs and Chief Financial Officer of Lawrence University in Appleton, Wis.
Bill continued his faithful support of Catholic Schools while in Appleton. Bill was also an impassioned supporter of the unborn, giving generously of his time and money to their rights and protection.
Bill is survived by his wife Mary Louise "Mimi", his children; William "Bill" (Victoria) Hodgkiss of Appleton, Jennifer (Stephen) Risley of Alpharetta, Ga., Brian (Rachael) Hodgkiss of Appleton, and Jodi (Timothy) Lally of Cumming, Ga.; his grandchildren, Will and Devin Hodgkiss, Ethan and Karl Risley, Gemma and Zoe Hodgkiss, Laura, Timothy "Mac", and Patrick "Finn" Lally. Bill is also survived by his sister, two brothers, many sisters and brothers-in-law, and many nieces and nephews.
Bill is preceded in death by his mother, Irene; father William; step-mother Eleanor; mother-in-law Connie; father-in-law Jack; and his grandson, John.
Visitation will be held in Appleton on Thursday, May 18, 2017, starting at 4 p.m. and concluding with a prayer service at 7 p.m. at WICHMANN FUNERAL HOME, 537 N. Superior St., Appleton, Wis.
The Funeral Liturgy for Bill will be held at 11:30 AM on Friday, May 19, 2017 at ST. MARY'S OF THE LAKES PARISH, 15232 County Hwy. F, Lakewood, Wis., with visitation being held from 10 a.m. until the time of mass.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to WomanKind, 526 W. Wisconsin Ave, Appleton, Wis., in Bill's name.
Published on May 13, 2017
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