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William John Howie

William John Howie


William John Howie, 78, of Chippewa Falls died Sunday, Feb. 14, 2021, at the Wisconsin Veterans Home at Chippewa Falls.

He was born March 4, 1942, in Milwaukee, to Alice “Vernie” (Zenner) and William E. Howie.

Bill proudly served in the U.S. Navy during the Cuban Blockade, as an electronics technician onboard the USS Eaton, from 1960 until his honorable discharge in 1964.

On Sept. 17, 1966, he married Doreen Bjerke. They resided in Chippewa Falls, where Bill worked at Uniroyal for 25 years until its closing, then worked at Berry Plastics. He retired in 2009 and he and Doreen moved to Chetek.

Bill loved spending time at his cabin in Wascott, in Douglas County, where he enjoyed hunting, fishing, and trapping. He developed many lifelong friendships through his love of coon hunting.

He is survived by his three children, Gordon (Kris) Howie of Eleva, Malinda (Ryan) Hebert of Chetek, and Victoria (Jeff) Blomberg of Chetek; a sister, Beth Howie of Mondovi; grandchildren, Seth, Grace and Benjamin Kreibich, Noah Hebert, Jane and Ann Blomberg, William and Anabel Howie.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and his wife, Doreen in 2013.

A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19, at Pederson-Volker Funeral Chapel, Chippewa Falls, with the Rev. Aaron Sturgis of Central Lutheran Church, officiating. Military honors provided by the Chippewa Falls Patriotic Council will immediately follow the service at the funeral chapel. Private burial will be at O’Neil Creek Cemetery in the town of Eagle Point.

Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service Friday at the funeral chapel.

The funeral service will be live streamed and webcasted at

To protect the health and safety of all, masks are required and will be available.

The family would like to thank the staff of the 4th floor Med. Surg. Dept. at Mayo Clinic Health System, Eau Claire and Drs. David Ciresi, Stephen Rogers, and Eyad Al-Hattab for the excellent care given to Bill during his illness. Also, a special thank you to the staff at the Veterans Home at Chippewa Falls, for being Bill’s second family and making his stay there comfortable.

Memorials may be designated to the Mayo Clinic Foundation at

Pederson-Volker Funeral Chapel & Cremation Services, Chippewa Falls is serving the family.

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