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Willis Teetzen, age 84 of Appleton, passed away at Carolina Manor on Wednesday evening, March 7, 2018. Will was born in Shawano on August 12, 1933, son of the late Charles and Elsie (Wendorf) Teetzen. From 1954 until 1955, he served his country as a member of the United States Army, and married Shirley Krueger on November 24, 1956 at St. James Lutheran Church in Shawano. For over thirty years, Willie worked as a lineman for Wisconsin Electric. Though he worked his forty-hour weeks, he NEVER turned down an emergency call - his dedication and work ethic were that strong, thanks to Shirley. His family fondly recalls many memories of time with Will, and his dry sense of humor and quiet manner whereby he spoke little, but meant much. With a family of six, family vacation time was at a premium, and camping with Willie’s brother brought much fun and laughter to summers when the kids were young. Will was known to dress up for Halloween, and many will recall the famous Indian costume he once donned. Square dancing with Shirley, making game-time television antenna adjustments on the roof, being a friend to every dog he ever met, being patient enough to watch whatever television show the grandchildren chose, and driving the grandkids around in his little blue pick-up truck were favorite past times. Of course, no family event could go off without someone playing or singing “Little Willie”. His caregivers and friends at Carolina all remember him as a kind, quiet, and gentle soul. Willie would tell you that even though “he was the head of the family, Shirley was always the neck, and the head does whatever the neck thinks it should do.” That philosophy served both of them well for the entirety of their marriage. Will is survived by his wife: Shirley Teetzen of Appleton; six loving children: Anna Baker of Appleton, Lisa Baker of Racine, Jeff (Deb) Teetzen of Oshkosh, Carla (Mark) Stoiber of Muskego, Mike (Tamara) Teetzen of West Bend, and Matt (Chelli Rettmann) Teetzen of West Bend. His grandchildren are Jason (Charlene) Baker, Adam (Jennifer) Baker, Ben (Val) Baker, Megan (Mike) Bauler, Jen (Lance) Stein, Jarod Baker, Tyson Baker, Brandon Stoiber, Amanda (Kyle) Schultz, Christian (Laura) Stoiber, Alex Teetzen, Andrew Teetzen, A.J. (Nicole) Breger, Ryan Klug, and April Klug. Willis also leaves behind eighteen great-grandchildren: James. Amelia, Taylor, Steven, Aaron, Alana, Jacob, Eli, Carson, Ava, Jackson, Gage, Wyatt, Elsie, Westley, Olivia, Logan, and Audra. There are three brothers and a sister: Alfred (Shirley) Teetzen of Shawano, Marlyn (Kathy) Teetzen of Shawano, Merle Teetzen of Minnesota, and Ruth Korth of Stevens Point; sisters-in-law: Carol Teetzen of Milwaukee and Betty Krueger of Campbellsport and a brother-in-law: Dennis Harlander of Dresser, Wisconsin. Willis was preceded in death by his parents, two sons-in-law: Steven Baker and Russell Baker, a brother: Curt Teetzen, and brothers-in-law: Irv Korth and Ronald Krueger. A Christian Memorial Service for Willie will be held at 10:00 AM on Saturday, March 17, 2018 at IMMANUEL LUTHERAN CHURCH, W7265 School Road in Greenville, with Rev. Joel Heckendorf officiating. Interment will take place at a later date at St. Jacobi Cemetery in Shawano County. Family and friends are welcome to gather at the church in Greenville on Saturday, March 17, from 9:00 AM until the hour of the service. If Wilie were here, he would want to remind everyone of two key things to remember in life. First of all, DFTFP, and watch yourself, or you might well meet up with the 5 R’s.

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