August 19, 1936 - October 29, 2007

Billy Burri

William R. Burri, Sr., age 71, of Eau Claire, passed away Monday morning, October 29, 2007, at Luther Hospital.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, November 1, 2007 at Fuller Speckien Hulke Funeral Home, 3209 Rudolph Road, Eau Claire, WI. Pastor Cathy L. Hamblin of Lake Street United Methodist Church will officiate. Interment will be at 2 p.m. on Thursday afternoon in the Northern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery, N4063 Wildcat Road, Spooner, WI. Friends may call at Fuller Speckien Hulke Funeral Home on Wednesday evening from 4-8 p.m. and again Thursday morning from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services.

Bill was born on August 19, 1936, to Louis and Bertha Burri in Deer Park, Wis. On February 14, 1955 he married Jo Ann Johnston in Deer Park. Bill served in Company B, 1st Brigade, 128th Infantry, 32nd Division of the Army National Guard of Wisconsin. Bill was involved in the dairy industry the majority of his working career, as a cheese maker working in cheese plants throughout west-central Wisconsin. After a serious accident, he worked as a field man for various dairy plants. He enjoyed driving truck and worked as a fuel oil and gas deliveryman, milk hauler and gravel truck operator. He always enjoyed reminiscing about working in construction in northern Wisconsin in the late 1950s and went back to his love of driving big trucks after his "official" retirement.

Bill loved his family and enjoyed boating, camping, tinkering in his garage and deer hunting. He was a country-western music fan and an avid Green Bay Packer fan. He looked forward to time with his boys in the Blue Hills every deer season.

Bill is survived by his wife, Jo Ann of Eau Claire; daughter Susan (Jeffery) Pettis of Eau Claire, Wis.; sons William (Jo Ann) Burri Jr. of Reedsville, Wis., Vincent (Tina) Burri of Sheboygan, Wis., Jeffory (Luann) Burri of Chetek, Wis., special additional son Timothy Lancette of Fall Creek, Wis.; brothers, Edward (Lois) Burri of Deer Park, Wis., Armin (Dianne) Burri of Clayton, Wis.; 13 grandchildren Vicki Burri, Benjamin (Tracy) Pettis, Jeremy (Lesley) Burri, Nathan Burri, Israel Burri, Craig (Ashley) Burri, Chad Pettis, Vincent (Jody) Burri Jr., Jeffory Burri Jr., Nicholas Burri, Victoria Burri, Michael Burri, and Vanessa Burri; two great-grandchildren Isabella Lacari and Trinity Burri; two special additional grandchildren Keith Wagner and Samantha Lancette.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents and brother Bob.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred. Friends may offer condolences online at www.fullerspeckien.com. Fuller-Speckien-Hulke Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.

(New Richmond News - Thursday, November 1, 2007)