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WILLIAM L. BENITZ

William L. Benitz, age 80, formerly of Hay River Township, WI died Saturday, November 29, 2014 at the Neighbors of Dunn County in Menomonie, WI.

William was born August 25, 1934 in the Township of Hay River, WI to Max and Ethel (Lake) Benitz. He spent most of his life farming in the Dunn County area. William married Marlys Bilse in 1955 and later married Linda McIntyre in 1977. William enjoyed deer hunting, playing pool, cards, shaking dice and attending athletic events of children and grandchildren.

William is preceded in death by parents and sister Marian Nelson.

William is survived by five children: Larry (Patty) Benitz of Osceola, WI, James (Pam) Benitz of Maiden Rock, WI, Janelle Spadgenske of Colfax, WI, Jolene (Steve) Bird of Boyceville, WI and Ryan (Amber) Benitz of Wheeler, WI; 12 grandchildren: Ross and Chelsea Benitz, Tom (Laura) Benitz, Jana (Dominic) Derricks, Tim Benitz, Kaitlyn and Kristen Spadgenske, Joanna, Kayla and Abbey Bird, Ryker and Lexton Benitz; five great-grandchildren; Declan, Gideon & Lilian Derricks, Heather & Mary Benitz; sister and brother Elsie Miller and Lewie (Joyce) Benitz. He is further survived by nieces, nephews other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Boyceville, WI with Reverend Bradley Peterson officiating. Burial will be in the Hay River Cemetery in the Township of Hay River, WI. Friends were able to call at the church one hour prior to services. Local arrangements by the Anderson Funeral Home in Glenwood City, WI.