William Howard Stenulson, 72, passed away on Tuesday, July 5, 2022 at Black River Memorial Hospital in Black River Falls, Wisconsin. He was born December 11, 1949 to Adolph (Abe) and Edna (Johnson) Stenulson.
After graduating from Black River Falls High School, Bill attended Western Wisconsin
Technical College (now Western Technical College) where he earned an associate degree
in air conditioning and refrigeration in 1960. In 1970 Bill enlisted in the National Guard,
did his basic training at Fort Leonard Wood and served at Fort Sheridan. He was a loyal
member of Local 434 of the Plumbers and Pipefitters Union and worked in many places
in Wisconsin and nearby states. The farm in the community where his Norwegian
grandparents lived and where he grew up was always his home base, and he lived there
permanently when he retired in 2010. Wherever he went, Billy easily made many friends.
Bill’s hobbies were hunting, fishing, horses, tractors, and traveling. He snowmobiled in
Yellowstone and camped all the way to Alaska with his cousin Tom. He was a member
of the Beaches Corners Tractor Club and especially liked Oliver tractors. He enjoyed
music, played guitar, and had a nice singing voice. Squaw Creek Lutheran Church, where
his grandparents and parents had been members, was Bill’s life-long church home.
Billy will be remembered fondly for his big smile and his jovial sense of humor.
Bill is survived by his sisters JoEllen (William) Mapp and Lois Clifcorn; nieces Wendy
Hessburg, Maren Mapp, Greta Greif, and Rebecca (Mike) Klosowski; nephews Joel
Clifcorn (Tammy Johnson) and Bret (Deanna) Clifcorn; grandnieces Elizabeth Amidon,
Tessa Amidon, Megan Greif, Kate Greif, Corinne Seibt, and Abigail Seibt; grandniece
Evie Clifcorn; grandnephew Ralph James (RJ) Clifcorn and many cousins and friends.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Daryl Stenulson, and his brother-in-
law Ralph Clifcorn.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am, Monday, July 11 at Squaw Creek Lutheran Church with Vicar August Hohl officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. Inurnment to follow at Squaw Creek Cemetery.
The family thanks the wonderful caregivers at Gundersen Medical Centers in La Crosse
and Whitehall and Black River Memorial Hospital as well as his many friends who
helped him. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Squaw Creek Lutheran Church Cemetery Association or a charity of the donor’s choice.
The Torgerson Funeral Home has been entrusted with the final arrangements.