William Carl Eggert, age 84, died peacefully at Primrose Memory Care with his family at his side on November 1, 2023. Bill was born to parents Herbert and Clara (Hammen) Eggert. Following high school, he met the love of his life Karen Joubert, while he was working at Bohl and Maeser’s shoe store-she worked at restaurant next door-he was one of her “regulars.” The two married on May 23, 1959, and the two proceeded to have three children Bradley, Kelly, and Kimberlee. They raised their family in Appleton while Bill worked to start the computer programming department at Banta.
He loved humor and people always knew he liked them if he joked with them. He was a practical joker of the highest level. Karen taught Bill how to drive a standard (stick shift) car, using the old-fashioned push start method. Karen was from Wittenberg and the family spent many weekends there hunting, outdoor sports, snowmobiling, cutting down Christmas trees among other things. He enjoyed all manner of outdoor sports and he and Karen spent many days golfing together.
Bill was always all about the love. He never felt he was spoiling his children he told them they were “loved a lot.” The oldest of 8 children, Bill loved children-that love was truly demonstrated to his own children, then to their children and finally to his great grandchildren. He would always make time to create a memory with the kids-he even made a fishing rod for one of them on a whim. He literally could make something out of nothing. One of Bill’s “inventions” was the hot dog tree!
Bill is survived by his wife Karen, children Bradley Eggert, Kelly (Eric) Oberg, Kimberlee (Dan) Leintz; grandchildren: Felicia (Steve) Sauer, Briana Eggert, Garrett (Megan) Oberg, and Bryce (Jenn Nenvinski) Oberg; and 7 great grandchildren. He is further survived by siblings: Bette (Chuck) Kunitz, Steve (Myra) Eggert, Marie Schwarm, Ellen (Rick) Green and Aimee (Rich) Zirpel; and sisters-in-law: Carol Eggert, Mary Ellen Eggert, and Patti (Duane) Nelles as well as nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Bill was preceded in passing by his parents; his siblings: Robert Eggert, Mark Eggert; nephew Scott Holubiw, and brother-in-law Gary Fiebelkorn in addition to other family and friends.
A memorial service for Bill will be held Saturday November 4, 2023, at 11:30am at Zion Lutheran Church, 912 N Oneida Street, Appleton. Friends and family may gather at the church from 10:00am until the service begins. Bill will be interred at Highland Memorial Park.
The family extends its heartfelt and great gratitude to the Primrose Appleton Nursing staff and director for their excellent care. In addition, thank you to Moments Hospice, especially Melissa and Dez, for the care provided that allowed for the most dignity for Bill.