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William Thomas Borneman

April 12, 1927 June 25, 2011
William Thomas Borneman
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Obituary for William Thomas Borneman

William T. Borneman "Bill", 84, Oconto, passed away from cancer on June 25, 2011, at Woodland Village Nursing Center. Bill was born April 12, 1927, in Elkhart, Ind., to the late George O. and Zella C. (Howard) Borneman. Bill graduated in 1945, from Elkhart High School, where he was class president and captain of the tennis team. He briefly served in the U.S. Army, receiving an honorable discharge in October of 1945. After discharge, he attended Kalamazoo College, in Michigan, before beginning what would be a nearly 64 year career in the newspaper business. In 1952, he married Mary L. Trout. They had two children together. On May 2, 1969, he married Dorothy F. (McClure) Spicer, in Ottawa, Ill. Dorothy passed away on Mar. 28, 2010. He was the editor of the Oconto County Reporter since 1972, when he and Dorothy purchased it. The Bornemans also started the Beacon Shoppers guides. The newspaper group is now owned by the Gannett Corporation. Bill was an avid tennis player and runner. He organized the Oconto tennis tournament. He enjoyed following University of Michigan football and Oconto High School sports. He was made an honorary OHS Blue Devil in 2010, for his coverage of OHS sports events since 1972. He missed only two home football games in 38 years. Bill was a member of the First American Lutheran Church, Oconto, Oconto American Legion Post 74, and was an active member of the Oconto Kiwanis Club, in which he was a past president.Bill is survived by his brother, John C. Borneman, Ventura, Calif., son William D. (Doris) Borneman, Cypress, Tex.; daughter, Carol J. (Tom) Hall, Sanford, Fla.; stepson, Charles E. (Debbie) Spicer, Gonzales, La.; stepdaughter, Chona N. Zimmerman, Oconto Falls; stepdaughter, Clara L. (Paul) Weiss, Green Bay; grandson, Markus Borneman; granddaughter, Monika Borneman; and step-grandchildren, Carrie Weiss, Emma Weiss, Marshall Spicer, Madison Spicer, and Rachel Spicer. He is also survived by nephews, nieces, and many friends. In addition to his wife, Dorothy, he was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, the Rev. George H. Borneman; and his, sister Kathryn E. (Borneman) Lansche.There will be no visitation. Private memorial service will be conducted on Wednesday, June 29, 2011, (tentative), at the Gallagher Funeral Home, Oconto, with the Rev. Mary Zupansic, of the First American Lutheran Church, Oconto, officiating. Burial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery, Oconto. Memorials will be appreciated in Bill's name at the Oconto Area Humane Society Shelter, P.O. Box 241, Oconto, WI 54153. Online condolences may be expressed at www.gallagherfuneralhome.net.The family expresses its sincere thanks for the care shown by his home care friend Jackie Bake, and the entire staff at Woodland Village in Oconto, and Pastor Mary.

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Evergreen Cemetery

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