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William “Bill” Wee

January 2, 2013
Estherville Daily News

ESTHERVILLE - Funeral services for William "Bill" Wee, 62, formerly of Estherville, will be held 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, at Henry-Olson Funeral Chapel in Estherville with Pastor Doug Burton officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home on Friday only. Interment will be at Oak Hill Cemetery in Estherville.

He died at The Cass County Hospital in Atlantic.

William Charles Wee (Bill) was born Jan. 25, 1950, the son of Merlyn and Arlene Wee in Estherville. Bill lived in Estherville with his parents for the first 17 years. At the age of 17 he moved to Woodward State Hospital in Woodward. In 1977 Bill moved to Village Northwest Community in Sheldon where he resided and worked for the last 33 years. Bill was inseparable from his younger brother Tom as they lived together until the late 1990's.

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William “Bill” Wee

Those who knew him dearly loved Bill. Bill's charismatic smile, mischievous grin and the twinkle of his eyes were some of his endearing traits. Bill was affectionately called by his family a multitude of nicknames including: Goose, Goose Goose Willy, Galloper, Gunderhauser, Willy Lump Lump, Charlie and Baldie Beaner. Bill was a valued and cherished employee within The Village Northwest Industries. He served in many working capacities: caring for puppies, VNWI mailman for the complex, sorting cans and participating in crafts were some of his favorite endeavors. Bill was active whenever his physical abilities allowed. He participated in Special Olympics, earning gold and silver medals in track, football and softball throw. He loved music, riding his bicycle, playing records, walking his dogs and putting puzzles together with his mother, brothers and staff. Some of his most favorite pleasures were smoking cigarettes while drinking coffee, telling knock-knock jokes, riding his bike through the neighborhood - visiting friends, watching The Price is Right and The Wheel of Fortune. Above all Bill cherished holidays and family get-togethers held at his family home in Estherville.

Despite Bill's multiple challenges in his life: polio, multiple orthopedic surgeries, cancer surgery and renal disease, Bill never complained. During the last seven months battling renal disease and enduring the bodily and emotional changes that came with his medication, the smile and personality, although masked, remained present.

Left to cherish his memories of Bill are brother, Larry, and Lori Wee of Omaha, Neb.; sister-in-law, Linda Wee of Parkersburg; eight nieces and nephews, Kenny Wee of Lincoln, Neb., Heather Houchins (Brad) of Kathleen, Ga., Tiffani (JC) Casto of Omaha, Creighton and Christian Wee, both of Omaha, Jessica (Justin) Uhlenhopp of Parkersburg and Koni Wee of Parkersbug; and eight great-nieces and great-nephews, Samantha and Rylee Houchins of Kathleen, Ga., Carrick, Canon and Colt Casto of Omaha and Zoey, Zion and Zada of Parkersburg. Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Merlyn and Arlene Wee and three brothers, James (Jim) Wee, Kenny Wee and Thomas (Tom) Wee. Online condolences may be sent to



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