William “Bill” Lee Haun died Aug. 29, 2017, after a year long battle with cancer.
He was born Feb. 27, 1948, in Viroqua, to Geraldine E. (Olson) and Murrel M. Haun. He was baptized at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church June 27, 1954, and confirmed June 2, 1963. He graduated from Viroqua High School June 2, 1966.
He was drafted into the U.S. Army, where he served our nation from 1968-1970. While in the service he suffered a back injury and had back surgery at Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, D.C.
He was the bar manager at the Viroqua Eagles Club from 1971-1979. Bill was a self-employed sign painter and his signs can be seen throughout the community.
He enjoyed gardening and shared his joy of gardening with his neighbors.
Bill was a best friend to so many children over his lifetime. Children of relatives and friends alike could always go in to “Uncle Bill’s” garage and find something fun like bubbles, magic tricks, or coloring books he kept in the chest of drawers just for them! And we all enjoyed watching him perform his “magic tricks!”
He was a member of the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Viroqua, where he served on a variety of committees, was a member of the church council in the past and was also a head usher. He assisted with the Community Thanksgiving Dinner for several years and served as the church coordinator in 2013.
His affiliation with the Viroqua Eagles Club began in 1970, after his honorable discharge from the Army. He ascended the various chairs, culminating as Eagle president in 1995-1996. He also served as president in the years 2014-2015 and 2015-2016. Over the years he served on numerous committees and was instrumental in organizing events such as bus trips to Brewers games, helping set up the Eagles family picnic and the annual car show. He chaired the Eagles golf tournaments for 17 years, which is a fundraiser held for local charities. His crowning achievement was spearheading the aeries involvement in the Annual Cancer Telethon, which he chaired for 30 years and saw community response with contributions of over ½ million dollars raised for cancer research. He was very proud to be associated with the Eagles organization and he truly exemplified the Eagle slogan of “People Helping People.” Bill was inducted into the Eagles State Hall of Fame Sept. 14, 2013, and was named Eagle Brother of the Year for 2017-2018. He loved both his church “family” and his Eagle “family.”
Bill was also a DAV Lifetime Member – Chapter WI 37.
He was a sports fan of football, basketball and baseball following all of the Wisconsin teams.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents; and his brother, Jon M. Haun; and other relatives.
He is survived by his brother and sister-in-law, Richard and Debra Haun; sister and brother-in-law, Nancy and Daniel Thompson; nieces, Kari Haun (Marsha), Kaila Langrehr (Jason), Nephews Kyle Nelson, Aaron (Heidi) Cade; and great-nieces and nephews, Devin, Danielle and Dylan Langrehr, James Schultz and Kinzie and Ryleigh Cade.
We will miss you “Mr. Magic!”
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, the Viroqua Eagles Cancer Telethon or the charity of donor’s choice.
Blessed be the memory of William Lee Haun.
The family wishes to thank the Gundersen Lutheran Oncology Department, Vernon Memorial Specialty Clinic and Infusion Department, and the staff at the Tomah VAMC for the wonderful and compassionate care given to Bill during his illness.