Date of death– June 14, 2012
William “Bill” G. Schuett, Jr., of Mequon, Wis., passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Thursday, June 14, 2012, at the age of 54.
Services and entombment were held Tuesday, June19.
Bill lost his long and courageous battle, after 12 years, with Multiple Myeloma. He was a voracious reader, enjoyed politics and history, loved fine wine and food, enjoyed the arts, especially the opera and was a great Packer fan. He had a passion for outdoor pursuits, loved fishing, and hunting with his black labs. Bill loved spending time up north at the cabin, on Oconomowoc Lake and at home in Mequon with family and his dog Lucy around him. Bill was a cancer advocate who always gave others hope. He was generous, loyal, dignified, devoted and honest to a fault. He was most proud of his Emily and Will and all of their accomplishments.
Bill was a graduate of Greendale High School, Marquette University and John Marshall Law School. He also pursued additional graduate studies at Marquette University. Bill started his career as an attorney in a small law firm in Minneapolis. After moving back to Wisconsin, he became Sr. Vice President, Associate General Counsel and Director of Security Bank. After the sale of Security Bank, Bill became president of the William G. Schuett Sr. and Betty Schuett Foundation. Bill was a longtime director of the Florentine Opera Company and a Trustee at University School of Milwaukee.
Besides his family, Bill’s greatest love was nature. He began hunting and fishing adventures with his father at a very young age. Bill hunted in 43 consecutive deer hunts and fly-fished the rain forest of Belize while still on chemotherapy. He lived for the birds and animals that graced his world.
Fighting the battle with Multiple Myeloma became a full-time job for Bill and his family. Bill fought his battle with courage, grace and dignity. He was admired by many for the bravery with which he faced his illness. He has taught great lessons.
The family would like to thank the caring nurses and doctors in the Cancer Center at Froedtert Hospital. A special thank you to Dr. Parameswaran Hari for his friendship, brilliance, dedication and the hope he gives every Multiple Myeloma patient. Also thank you to the caregivers who were with Bill until the end.
Memorials in Bill’s name may be directed to the Blood and Marrow Transplant program at the Medical College of Wisconsin, the University School of Milwaukee, the Blood Center of Wisconsin, the Florentine Opera of Milwaukee or the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation.
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