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William E. Kissner

August 16, 1926 - July 6, 2012

Obituary


William E. Kissner, 85, of Hayward, Wisconsin and formerly of Platteville, Wisconsin, died Friday, July 6, 2012 at his home.

William Earl Kissner was born August 16, 1926 in Ottowa, Illinois, the son of William and Pearl (Claggett) Kissner. Upon graduating from high school, he enlisted in the Army Air Corp. He was a gunner and served in the Philippines for 1 ½ years. Upon discharge, he entered Michigan Tech and received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering. He re-enlisted in the US Air Force and served for 2 ½ years in...

William E. Kissner, 85, of Hayward, Wisconsin and formerly of Platteville, Wisconsin, died Friday, July 6, 2012 at his home.

William Earl Kissner was born August 16, 1926 in Ottowa, Illinois, the son of William and Pearl (Claggett) Kissner. Upon graduating from high school, he enlisted in the Army Air Corp. He was a gunner and served in the Philippines for 1 ½ years. Upon discharge, he entered Michigan Tech and received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering. He re-enlisted in the US Air Force and served for 2 ½ years in Germany as a 1st Lieutenant with the 6th Shoran Beacon Flt.

On March 24, 1951, he was joined in marriage to Jean Holm in Hancock, Michigan. After his time in the service, he went back to Michigan Tech and received Masters Degree in Civil Engineering. He worked for Chicago Bridge & Iron for several years. Bill and Jean then moved to Platteville, Wisconsin where he taught Engineering for 29 years at the University of Wisconsin, Platteville. In 1980, he was named Engineer of the Year in Education by the Wisconsin Society of Professional Engineers. To further his education, Bill attended summer institutes at Notre Dame, Oklahoma State, Utah State, University of Michigan and Washington State. He was also a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Wisconsin and National Societies of Professional Engineers, and American Society for Engineering Education.

Bill and Jean retied in Hayward in 1988. Bill enjoyed hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, and harvesting wild rice. He was a member of Musky Inc. for many years as well as the Sno Mads Snowmobile Club and enjoyed grooming trails. Bill volunteered at Fishing Has No Boundaries and Walleye Watch.

Bill is survived by his wife of 61 years, Jean; sons, Hal of Havre, Montana and Kyle of Hayward; grandsons, Cody of Havre, Montana and Tyler of Eau Claire and Cable, Wisconsin; brother-in-law, Chuck Lessard; two sisters-in-law and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Holly; and a sister, Pat Lessard.