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  • Today, the man would have been 84 years old. The man was a gentle, compassionate, courageous man. He loved life—more than anything, adored his family and idolized his beautiful wife. He was trustworthy and noble, brilliant and wise, sincere and funny.

    A voracious reader. Expert euchre player. Attended UW-Madison. Enjoyed a cold, foamy Heineken. An amazing joke and story-teller.

    The man was Swiss; his parents yodeled. A handsome man, some said Stewart Granger look-a-like. He loved Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw’s “licorice stick,” Tommy Dorsey, the Big Bands, toe-tappin’ banjo music--and the Boogie Woogie.

    The man was a farmer. He had earned two crooked fingers as proof of a corn-picker accident. The man owned and operated a supper club for 35 years, west of Jefferson on top of the hill next to the Highway 18 Outdoor. Customers wrote checks out to “Bill on the Hill,” and banks cashed them. He wore red socks, black tie, white shirt and black slacks—nearly every night bartending at The Club.

    He was a Century 21 real estate agent, and managed apartment buildings.

    Everyone loved the man. True.

    But no one loved this warm, sweet, brilliant and funny man more than his daughter—who believed he was the most amazing man in the world.

    She still does.

    Happy 84th, Dad. Missing you.
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