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William F. Kerwin, Jr.
William F. (Bill) Kerwin, Jr., 96, of Green Bay, passed away at Unity Hospice in DePere on Tuesday, Jan. 14.
Born the oldest of four children Sept. 19, 1917, in Menominee, Mi., to the late William F. (Frank) and Ann Kerwin, he graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1940 with a bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering. After graduation, he worked as a field service technician for Briggs & Stratton in Milwaukee and then began an officer training program with the United States Army Air Corps. During his time in the Air Corps, he met his future wife, Joyce (Lorello) Kerwin on a blind date in New Haven, CT and were married on Sept. 6, 1943. They were blessed with four children and 70 years of marriage. The couple moved to Oklahoma City, Ok. where he operated an Air Corps service at Tinker Field. Upon completion of duty, they moved back to Green Bay where he began working in his fathers business, Green Bay Warehouses, Inc., He became president and general manager and ran the warehousing operation until his retirement in 1987.
He enjoyed gardening, flying kites, working as a frame-maker at Wildwood Gallery and spending time with his family. An advocate of many volunteer organizations, he was involved in the Westside Kiwanis Club, United Way of Brown County, St. Francis Xavier Cathedral, Premontre High School, Catholic Diocese of Green Bay and the University of Notre Dame.
He is survived by his wife, Joyce, Green Bay; his children, Patricia (Bill) Hearden, Green Bay; George (Kasha) Kerwin, DePere; Barbara (Dan) DeBaker, Racine and Peter (Kathy) Kerwin, Sturgeon Bay; 12 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Ann Kerwin; a brother and sister-in-law, John and Dot Kerwin; a sister and brother-in-law, Mary and Fred Dorband and a sister, Ann Kerwin.
Family and friends called Friday, Jan. 17 at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral, Green Bay from 9:30 a.m. until time of a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m., with Rev. John Girotti officiating. Entombment was at Allouez Chapel Mausoleum. Newcomer Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.