A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, February 16, 2018 from 3pm to 6pm at the Blue Mirror, in Greenwood, WI.
WILLIAM "BILL" J. PETKOVSEK, age 75, of Greenwood, passed away at his home on Monday, February 5, 2018. Per Bill's wishes, no services will be held. A private burial of his cremains will take place in St. Bernard Catholic Cemetery, in Thorp, at a later date. A Celebration of Bill's Life will be held on Friday, February 16, 2018 from 3pm to 6pm at the Blue Mirror in Greenwood.
William John Petkovsek was born on February 18, 1942 in Greenwood, WI, to Anton F. and Dorothy K. (Anderson) Petkovsek. He was raised and received his education in the Greenwood area, graduating from Greenwood High School in 1961. After high school, Bill was drafted into the U.S. Air Force and served from October 2, 1961 to August 17, 1965. He was united in marriage to Yvonne M. Lobacz at St. Hedwig's Catholic Church, in Thorp, on August 13, 1966. They lived in Zion, IL and Bill worked as an accountant at Dexter-Midland in Waukegan, IL. They moved back to Greenwood in 1977, where they owned and operated the Y.O.W. Store. Bill later worked in Marshfield, with heating & air conditioning, and maintenance. After retiring in 2007, he resided in Greenwood until his death.
He was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Greenwood, was a member of the Greenwood American Legion for 35 years, and served as a volunteer fireman on the Greenwood Fire Department for more than 20 years.
Bill had many interests, but especially loved golfing, fishing, hunting, playing cards, cooking breakfast for his grandchildren, going for drives in the country, and stopping at his local establishments for his refreshment of choice, a Pepsi.
He is survived by his daughters: Tammy (Chuck) Niles of Marshfield, Kelly Petkovsek of Hugo, MN, Melanie (Josh) Gerhard of Eagan, MN; 7 grandchildren: Tony Petkovsek, Amanda Niles, Brittany Niles, Makayla Petkovsek, Jacob Gerhard, Malia Gerhard, Noah Gerhard; 3 sisters: Maryann Wayer, Patricia Whitney, and Delores (Bill) Lee, all of Waukegan, IL; 3 brothers: Anton "Tony" Petkovsek, Jr. of Lake Elsinore, CA, James (Janet) Petkovsek of Greenwood, Robert "Bob" (Barbara) Petkovsek of Neillsville; one sister-in-law: Alice Petkovsek; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Yvonne, on June 6, 2017; one son, Michael, in infancy; 2 brothers: Edward and Arthur Petkovsek; one sister-in-law: Jeanette Petkovsek; and 2 brothers-in-law: Joe Wayer and Marvin Whitney.