William Richard Wanic

ELMHURST, Ill. – William Richard Wanic (Bill) was born on Oct. 12, 1945, the third of five children to Charles and Victoria Wanic in Escanaba, Mich. Bill passed away on March 21, 2014, in Elmhurst, Ill., ending his recent battle with complications from bacterial endocarditis.

Bill graduated from Holy Name High School in 1963 and served in the Army National Guard from 1966 until 1972. After serving in the National Guard he went on to have a successful career with Union Pacific Railroad (formerly Chicago Northwestern) retiring as a trainmaster early to enjoy more time with his family and his love for hunting. While living in Escanaba he was active in Kiwanis serving as treasurer for many years and was a member of the Elks Club. He was an avid hunter, bowler, and golfer.

In recent years, he volunteered and served at the Senior Center in the Chicago suburb of Lombard where he was recognized with an award for his service and was known for his uplifting positive attitude and big smile. He was a member of Christ the King Catholic Church in Lombard, Ill. He served as president of the Club Croix Home Owners Association Board and was head of election voting for his district in DuPage County, Ill. He also served as a marshal for the Western Open PGA Tour event at Cog Hill, in Lemont, Ill., for many years. He enjoyed playing in cribbage tournaments throughout the Midwest.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Victoria Wanic; brothers, David Wanic and Thomas Wanic.

He is survived by his younger brothers, Roger Wanic, of Lombard, Ill., and Terry Wanic of Escanaba, Mich.; Bill’s two children Tracy Wanic LeMire, her husband Scott LeMire, their three daughters, Lindsey, Taylor, and Avery, all of Appleton, Wis., and Jeff Wanic, his wife Stephanie Wanic, their two children, Sophia and Hunter, all of Houston, Texas; and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, family members and life-long friends whom he loved so dearly.

Visitation will be held from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Friday, March 28, at Crawford Funeral Chapel in Bark River, Mich., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church at 6 p.m. located at 1216 12th Rd, Bark River, MI 49807. A meal to celebrate Bill’s life will be served after mass.

We will miss Bill dearly; his larger than life personality, his ability to help others during challenging times, his love of family, his special time with his grandchildren and his always contagious laugh. Rest in Peace Grandpa Bill, you have left a strong and proud legacy.