William Charles “Bill” Papke, 81, Monticello, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013, in an auto accident. Visitation will be held on Sunday Nov. 17, 2013, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Peterson-Grimsmo Chapel, 250 E. Broadway, Monticello. There will be a Prayer Service Sunday at 6:30 p.m. Funeral services will be held Monday, Nov. 18, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. at Faith Lutheran Church, 12449 Clementa Ave. N.W., Monticello. The Rev. Jim Tetlie will officiate. Interment will be at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery, Little Falls. Funeral arrangements are with the Peterson-Grimsmo Chapel of Monticello.
Bill was born on April 3, 1932 in Annandale to Floyd and Viola (Erickson) Papke. He served with the U. S. Marine Corps during the Korean War. Bill worked as a mechanic for Cadillac for over 30 years, and after his retirement he opened his own small garage in Clearwater. He loved to fish, hunt with his grandsons, snowmobile, spend time in Las Vegas, and demolition derbys. He will be missed by his family and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Floyd and Viola Papke; and daughter JayeAnn. Bill is survived by his wife of 60 years, Barbara; 6 children Robin (Leroy Gramsey), Kim (Paul Hoglund), Terri (Rusty Grimley), Jodi Cummings, Randy (Michelle), Nancy (Ricky Kimmer); 22 grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren; sisters Mary Anne (Paul Potretzke), Susan (Jamie Jacobs); and many friends in Monticello, Las Vegas, and the Lost Acres Resort.