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William Jordan - Class Of 1954 VIEW PROFILE

William Robert "Bill" Jordan Notice

Jordan, William "Bill" Robert of Baraboo, formerly of Glendale, passed away peacefully on July 3, 2017, at St. Mary's Hospital, at the age of 81. Bill was born Dec. 23, 1935, to loving parents, William and Margaret Jordan. He was raised in the Milwaukee area and graduated from high school in 1953. Bill enlisted in the United States Navy in his early years and served until he was honorably discharged. During Bill's life he worked in a few different fields. One job that he was particularly proud of, and often told stories about, was his days working as a television producer/director at a television station in LaCrosse, WI. While working at the television station, he was to meet his wife, Beverly Johnson. They married in December of 1968, and later welcomed two sons, Robert and Ryan. Bill and Beverly eventually moved to the Hartland area to raise their boys. They later divorced, but Bill continued to live in the Milwaukee area for much of his life. Later in years, Bill met Sharon Schoen, with whom he created a life with in the Glendale area. Together, they enjoyed socializing with friends and neighbors, dancing and listening to musical performances, gardening, playing cards and board games during their nightly cocktail hour, and spending time with family. Bill and Sharon spent over 20 years together, until Bill moved to the Baraboo area around 2012 to be closer to his sons and grandchildren. Bill remained in the Baraboo area until the time of his death. Bill was a self-taught artist from a very young age and loved sharing his talents with those around him. Bill sketched and drew on a daily basis for all of his life. His favorite medium was doing drawings with pastels, but he also enjoyed just "doodling" with a pencil or anything that would write. He created his own cartoons sketches, using his artistic skills and unique sense of humor that could make anyone chuckle. Bill had a very creative mind. He was very proud of being an artist and loved to talk about his art with others. Later in life, he enjoyed selling some of his art at art shows, as well as giving them as gifts to family and friends. He could turn anything into a doodle pad, leaving his mark along the way. Bill loved spending time with his sons and grandchildren, and always looked forward to their visits. Whether it was going fishing with his sons or being pushed in his wheelchair by his little granddaughter, Bill was happy and content just being with his family. He was a lover of life, and a child at heart, enjoying the simple things in life: his family and friends, his art, eating a good burger or fish fry, fishing with his sons, cooking and baking, gardening, watching the Packers, raising tropical fish, listening to music, and telling jokes and stories. Bill loved to be around people, and people loved to be around Bill. He had a spirit that could light up a room, and a kindness that could warm your heart. He tried to find humor in everything, even up until the time of his passing. Bill, "Dad", "Papa" will be dearly missed, but will live on in his art, his stories, and memories he created with all who were blessed to know and love him. Bill is survived by his sons, Robert (Jaime) Jordan of Lyndon Station, Ryan Jordan of Adams Friendship; former daughter-in-law, Jenny Jordan; grandchildren, Riley and Remi Jordan of Lyndon Station and Emily and Christopher Jordan of Adams Friendship; sister, Mary Jo Eppsteadt of Georgia; special friend, Sharon Schoen of Oshkosh; nephew, Scott Chamberlain, and many cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Margaret Jordan; his grandparents; former wife, Beverly Jordan; niece, Carrie Goodman and cousin, Sue McIntosh. The family would like to say a special thank you to the staff at St. Clare Meadows Care Center, who took such good care of Dad in his last years of life. You helped to make things a little easier knowing Dad was well taken care of. He formed many heartfelt relationships with many of the staff. A memorial visitation will be held on Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, from 2:00 PM until 4:00 PM at Redlin Funeral Home 401 Madison Ave., Baraboo, WI. Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Published in Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Sept. 6, 2017

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