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Willliam Gilbert Lenling

Published On: Dec 30 2012 09:59:37 AM CST

Waunakee/William Gilbert Lenling, age 85, passed away Friday, December 28, 2012. He was born October 6, 1927 to William and Grace (Calloway) in Wausau, WI. He attended Wausau High School and graduated from U of W Madison in 1952 with a degree in economics. He was a member of the Theta Chi Fraternity and his nickname in school was "Lefty".

Bill married Jean Wipperfurth on October 18, 1952. He served our country enlisting into the US Navy from 1945-1948.

Bill worked at J.I. Case in Rockford, IL. After that they moved back to Madison and he worked for the Banker's Life Company, which later became the Principal Financial Group. He would go on to work as an independent agent for 58 years. He fully retired at the age of 84.

He received several awards from the company, qualifying for the Premier Club for several years. In 1989, he entered the Principal's Hall of Fame and was only the 95th person in the 110 year history of the company to achieve that honor.

Bill enjoyed both downhill and cross country skiing. Also fishing, especially for Musky. He loved golf, running, riding his bike and was an avid Badger and Packer fan. He loved playing with the grandkids and was proud of all his children. He was an active member in the Madison West Rotary and always enjoyed going to the weekly meetings. For the last 40 years, Bill and Jean enjoyed getting together with their good friends for their group Pot Luck.

Bill is survived by his loving wife of 60 years Jean Lenling, children Mary Lenling (Mark Shircel), Bill (Lynn) Lenling and Ann (Jeff) Schlapp, grandchildren Mia, Ana, Alli, Carl, Grace, William and Henry.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday, Jan. 2nd at 11:00 am at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 209 South Street, Waunakee with Msgr. Gunn presiding. A visitation will be held from 9:30 am until time of service. Military Rites will be performed at 2:30 pm at Resurrection Catholic Cemetery in Madison.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to St. John the Baptist Catholic School or Edgewood High School.

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