Willard Griesbach, 80, returned home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, September 13, 2022, with his wife’s hand on his heart. He was born in Appleton on February 25, 1942 to William and Margaret (Dermer) Griesbach. Bell grew up on a dairy farm, and worked alongside his father until he graduated from Hortonville High School in 1960. After graduation, his father encouraged him to find “off-farm” work to try another career. Bill moved homes to Berg & Henn over the next four years as he learned the values of working with people and the benefits of honest work. However, he missed farming and realized his desire to be a dairy farmer. Bell met the love of his life, Patricia Aschauer in Greenville, and they married on November 9, 1963. Together, on April 20, 1965, they purchased the 80-acre dairy farm he had dreamed of owning as a child. Here, Bill and Patricia lovingly raised their four children Rick (Chris) Griesbach, Steve (Jennifer) Griesbach, Laurie (Paul) Vandenberg, and Holly (Anton) Pogomigkov. Nephew Eric (Loane) Griesbach and niece Jennifer Achauer play a special role in the family. Bill and Pat have 13 grandchildren: William (Julia) Griesbach, Moriah (Larami) Potts, and Leah Griesbach; Seth and Jacob Griesbach; Jonah (Laura) Vandenberg, Josiah, Joy, Jeremiah, and Johanna Vandenberg; Daniel, Alissa and Timothy Bogomagkov. and three great-grandchildren, Nathaniel and Kzbien Vandenberg and Titus Potts. Bill has faithfully looked after his dairy farm for 41 years, proud of the registered Holsteins. He retired in 2006 to their newly built dream home on his land. He was a hardworking man, who poured his love and skills into his family, the earth, and future generations. In his retirement, he grew up happy to gift family and friends. One of his last hobbies was raising Mini Rex rabbits. Enjoy supplying rabbits at the Streets of Bethlehem, set up at the Appleton Alliance Church. He has proudly served 30 years as a member of the Hortonville School Board of Directors. He was passionate about ensuring inclusive healthy education for students and listening to the concerns of teachers, management and parents. Bell taught adventures in Dairyland to fourth graders, and shared his love of dairy farming and farming. Bell faithfully attended the Appleton Alliance Church, while blessing those around him with gifts God gave him. His kindness, generosity, love, wisdom, and the grace of God that shone through him will not be forgotten. His fear of the Lord brought blessings upon the third and fourth generations. Bell is survived by his beloved wife, Patricia, who has faithfully and tenderly stood by him for 58 years, his four children, their spouses, 13 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. He is also survived by siblings German (Tom) Mitko, Verna Van Noland, Vernon (Janet) Griesbach, Clarence (Rosie) Griesbach, sister-in-law Sandy (Dave) Witlin, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brothers Marilyn (Al) Sturm and Larry Griesbach, and God’s son Jeff Storm. Bell’s Celebration of Life will take place on Saturday, September 24, at Appleton Alliance Church. Visiting from 9:00-11:00 am. Service is at 11:00 am. Dr.. Denis Episkobo as President. Burial will be at Saint Mary’s Cemetery, Greenville. The Bell family expresses their sincere thanks to Kalia, Jenny, Joy and Jane of the Heartland Hospital Care team.
Published online September 16, 2022
Published in The Post Crescent
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