William J. Gosewehr, “Bill”, “Gorp”,  age 66 years, died unexpectedly Sunday, May 3, 2020 at Aurora Medical Center in Grafton, WI.

He was born November 17, 1953 in Port Washington, WI to George and Carol Thelen Gosewehr. After graduating from Port Washington High School he started working at EST Mfg in Grafton and Milwaukee Gear. He was a volunteer EMT and Firefighter in Saukville, WI. He currently worked as a Service Engineer traveling to various locations around the world for Reishauer Gear and Thread Grinding.

Bill married Barbie Demge of Port Washington, WI in February 2005 in Hawaii. He enjoyed being an outdoorsman and looked forward to fishing, camping, riding his motorcycle or just relaxing in his yard. He also enjoyed billiards and hunting when he was younger.

He is survived by his wife Barbie, daughter Caleigh (Adam) Schultz and step-daughters Valerie (Jeremy) Johnson and Megan Arrowood. Further survived by grandchildren Austin and Coen Schultz, step-grandchildren Ava and Jayme Johnson and Allison Doers, brother Robert (Tracy) Gosewehr, sister Sue Morauski, former wife Katherine Schefft, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

A celebration of Bill’s life will be held 1 pm Saturday, May 22, 2021 at the Poole Funeral Home. Family will receive friends from 11 am to 1pm of Saturday before the service at the funeral home. To help celebrate and remember Bill, please wear brown or orange.

Memorials appreciated.



  1. Barbie I’m so very sorry for your loss, I wish there were words to take away your pain.

  2. So sorry for your loss Barb.
    You are in our prayers.

  3. Barbie, so sorry to hear. Could tell when we were talking at Aunt Pat’s funeral how close you were and how happy he made you.

  4. My thoughts are with you at this sad time.My sincere sympathy to you and all of your family. Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord and let perpetual light shine up him.

  5. We are so saddened to hear of Gorpy’s passing. Such good memories of his special laugh and the great times at Sporties. Drinks and bar dice and Packers Sundays. He will be missed. George and Vickie Zukaitis

  6. Thoughts and prayers to the entire Gosewehr family. I have many wonderful childhood memories of Bill, Sue and Bob – when they would come out to the farm or the many holidays we spent together at the Gosewehr house in Port. I have pictures of Bill when he was the ring bearer at my parents wedding – he was just about 3 and walked down the isle with our cousin Pam. Hard to believe that he has left us at such an early age. On behalf of the Burhop Family – Jeanine.

  7. To Barbie and the Gosewehr family,
    So saddened to hear of Bill’s sudden passing. Saw Billy over the summer and we always talked about how all us cousins were doing. It was always nice to talk with him. Your in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. Ronda(Gosewehr) Haasch

  8. I knew Bill when he worked at Milwaukee Gear, I was so happy to hear that he joined Reishauer two decades ago when I worked for the company. Whenever it was possible I would arrange my schedule to meet him at a customer’s plant, we would always share the events of the day, a good laugh and naturally dinner, drinks and Boston crème pie which he forced me to join in the consumption of. I’m certain Bill and I were brothers from a different mother, he will be sorely missed. I’ll end this with his most frequently used word…..check.

  9. So sorry to hear. Went to school with Bill. Will be missed

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