Wichmann, William “Bill” Roger


William “Bill” Roger Wichmann, 80, of Rochester, Minn., passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, April 3, 2021.

Bill was born to Carl and Hazel (Friis) Wichmann on June 18, 1940, in Austin, Minn. He graduated from Austin High School in 1958 and enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. He married Dorothy Davis on September 5, 1961, in Malvern, Ark.

After serving in the U.S. Air Force for eight years, Bill worked as an engineer the majority of his career, including 17 years at IBM, followed by time at Seagate, Fogmaster, and Benchmark Electronics.

Bill enjoyed fishing and wanted everyone to be able to experience the thrill of landing a fish. He started a fishing club in Winona, “Let’s Go Fishing” to offer fishing trips to senior residents of care facilities and those living at home with support services.

After his retirement, Bill devoted his time to volunteering. He was a self-taught docent at the Marine Art Museum in Winona. Bill was a great teacher, who loved to listen to young students read. He taught many elementary students their math facts by playing cribbage. He also enjoyed teaching literacy to adult English language learners.

Bill is survived by his wife, Dorothy; and their three children, Jackie (Richard) Larson, of Winona, Roger (Brenda) Wichmann, of Rochester, Richard (Bertha), of Chilton, Wis.; seven grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; brothers, John (Emily) Wichmann, of Oceanside, Calif., Tom (Kathy) Wichmann, of St. Petersburg, Fla.; sister-in-law, Leah (Roger) Hinz, of Zumbrota, Minn.; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, David; and sister, Nancy Carol.

A memorial gathering will be held at the River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home in Rochester from 2-5 p.m. on Saturday, April 17. Social distancing guidelines will be in place and masks will be required.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Mayo Clinic Hospice Care. The family would like to thank Mayo Clinic Hospice for their expertise and compassion. Macken Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Online condolences are welcome at www.mackenfuneralhome.com.


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