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3200 Stanley Street
Stevens Point, WI 54481
Phone: 715-344-2113
Fax: 715-344-2166
William Hinner

William J Hinner

Saturday, May 17th, 1958 - Saturday, July 11th, 2020
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William "Bill" Hinner passed away on Saturday, July 11, 2020 at his home in Stevens Point surrounded by family. He was born on May 17, 1958 in Wausau to parents, William Carl Hinner and Rita Eugenia Kaziak. Bill grew up on the Hinner family farm. The days spent working on tractors with his dad came in handy throughout his life as he had a talent for fixing anything that broke. Bill attended D.C. Everest High School where he made lifelong friends on the football team. After graduation, he worked at the paper mill before attending the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, where he received a degree in business administration. He worked for many years in finance before retiring in 2017. Many can attest to his strong work ethic and mentorship.

Blessed in his life, Bill was always quick to help others who found themselves in need of support. He often did so anonymously. It gave him immense joy.

Bill loved the simple things in life. A sunny day at the lodge where he could work on food plots and spend the rest of the day around the campfire was all he really needed. He and his famous boiled dinner will be missed by the Hinner boys at deer camp. Although, maybe the Matthiesen brothers will have a chance at the hunting trophy now. He also enjoyed spending time at the racetrack with his son, Ryan. Bill had a special relationship with his grandson, Jackson and he especially looked forward to Gramp-Camp nights. In the last few years, he enjoyed family fishing trips.

Bill always said what mattered most in his life were his children. They were his greatest gift. Through the years he made sacrifices so they could live their best lives. Big hugs and the words "I love you" were always plentiful in the Hinner household. He was his family's rock. His smile, laughter and advice will be treasured forever.

He was an animal lover. Bill would always say: "kitties are great to have!" His cats, Hank, Scooter and Lily-Comm will miss him.

Bill is survived by his two sons: Bill (Aimee) Hinner and Ryan (Makayla) Hinner of Stevens Point; his daughter, Brittney Hinner of Minneapolis, Minnesota; and grandson, Jackson Hinner of Stevens Point. He is also survived by his siblings: Peggy Kaetterhenry, Patti (Mike) Flaker, Jim (Ann) Hinner, John (Deb) Hinner and Jackie (Joe) Jansen along with many nieces and nephews and cousin Jeff Scheel. Bill leaves behind many friends who were very dear to his heart. Great memories were made with his "adopted" brother, Eric Budleski and best buddy, Craig Aittama. He was predeceased by his parents, sister Sandy, brother-in-law Paul Kaetterhenry, nephew Joey Hinner and cats Mr. Bear and B29.

We want to thank Dr. Adedayo Onitilo, Laura Lauer FNP-BC, MSN and his nurses at Marshfield Clinic, who have all been amazing. Thank you for keeping him alive the past nearly eight years. An additional thank you to the staff of Heartland Hospice Care, especially to his wonderful nurse, Jessica.

A Celebration of Life Service for Bill will be held at 6PM on Friday, July 24, 2020 at Shuda Funeral Chapel - 3200 Stanley St., Stevens Point, WI. Rev. Jeffrey Hennes will officiate. Friends and family may gather to share memories on Friday from 3-5:45PM at the funeral chapel. Burial will be held at Pine Grove Cemetery in Wausau at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, we ask for donations to be made to the Portage County Humane Society in his name.
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    Friday, July 24th, 2020 | 3:00pm - 6:00pm
    Friday, July 24th, 2020 3:00pm - 6:00pm
    Shuda Funeral Chapel
    3200 Stanley Street
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    Friday, July 24th, 2020 | 6:00pm
    Friday, July 24th, 2020 6:00pm
    Shuda Funeral Chapel
    3200 Stanley Street
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Shirley Bailey

Posted at 05:54pm
I have so many fond memories of Bill. Working with him and for him for 17 years, I had the opportunity to see and enjoy all sides of him. One of my favorites was planning his 40th surprise birthday party. Filling his office with black balloons up to his knees, filling up his voice mailbox with birthday wishes from staff, bringing in a special commode and a special visit from the Grim Reaper. It was a blast! Staff enjoyed having him in the hot seat for a change, which was a wheelchair and gifted Bill will the usual 40th birthday type gifts. That was only a few months after I began working for Bill so I was still discovering who the real Bill was. I admit he had me fooled for awhile, but I soon saw that warm soft heart under that rough and tough appearance he always portrayed. Perhaps it was witnessing his role as a single dad of three and how much he loved and cared for his children. Or maybe it was the few times he let his guard down and showed emotion for others who were hurting. Regardless of what, it was there. I will forever be grateful for Bill's support and believing in me. He pushed me and others to our full potential. Bill had that gift of vision; could always see beyond what anyone else could. And in the last few years, months and weeks we stayed in touch; long phone calls and visits just to talk about anything and everything. I will miss him so much.

Peggy Mat-Siewert

Posted at 09:50pm
Was a Great Friend to my late husband Charlie Siewert. They were college roommates and long lasting friends. He was always calling and checking in with Charlie when he got MS.
Bill would share stories and laughts when they got together. They loved living on the lake in Whitewater.
I know in my heart Charlie was there at the gate to meet him and reminiscing about the good old days.
God Speed Bill.
Peggy Mat-Siewert

Jeff Zollpriester

Posted at 12:11pm
So sorry to hear about Bill. I knew Bill in high school and have great memories of our times together. I enjoyed reading all his accomplishments in his obituary. He really was a great guy and will be remembered by so many, including myself. Jeff Zollpriester, Weston, WI

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Posted at 08:31am
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Al Pennebecker

Posted at 09:21pm
I have been thinking a lot about Bill this past week. I remember reporting to him for a time and recall how he always encouraged direct reports to do their best by making them feel they had the ability to "rise to the occasion". I also recall working with Bill as a colleague and he was definitely our "rock" that we could always rely on. I especially recall going to a retreat with Bill, and others, to Wyoming where he wrote a brilliant short essay regarding the flowing river and how the river stops at nothing and continues on its path. I am sure his path continues to flow on to paradise.
Al P.

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