Our beloved William “Bill” Ganther passed away peacefully on March 12, 2021 at House of the
Dove in Marshfield, Wisconsin. Bill was born on September 23, 1947 to Clarence and Letha
Ganther. He grew up on their family farm with his brother Lee and his sister Margo. In 1966, he
graduated from Granton High School, and, thereafter, continued to work on the family farm. In
1970 Bill met the woman he would spend his life loving, Linda (Franke), and they were married
in 1974. Bill and Linda were blessed with five children (Christian, Shawn, Preston, Holly,
Kimberly) and a grandchild (Kylie).
Even amidst his time as a devoted husband, father, and farmer, Bill still found time for his
community. A baptized member of Zion American Lutheran Church in Granton, Wisconsin, he
served on the church council, sang in the choir, and played on the church dartball team. Bill also
found time to guide children as a 4-H leader, and carouse with other outdoorsmen and women
as a member of the Clark County Sportsman Club.
Bill shared his love of hunting, fishing, and hiking with his children by taking them on long hikes
in the woods and gently reminding them to watch their bobbers. He also taught his children to
dream, and he never failed to fuel their imaginations. He was a skilled woodworker not only in
furniture and cabinetry but where it is remembered most, his wooden toys. Often at his own
expense, Bill found himself to be on the receiving end of swinging swords and darting arrows.
Bill loved and cherished his time with his family, but equally adored his time spent behind the
wheel of his tractor. He loved farming and did so until his body was no longer able to. He then
leaned on his passion for caring for others to determine his path. Bill received his CNA license
in 1993 and spent many years caring for those unable to care for themselves. Thereafter, he
continued looking after others by working in the custodial services of Granton Area School and
the Clark County Courthouse. Bill retired from Clark County in 2018.
After retirement, Bill spent many happy days sitting next to the lake watching the sun dancing
across the water as his loved ones played within. He loved to dance, smile and laugh. He
enjoyed watching NASCAR and the Minnesota Twins. He found joy sitting around a campfire,
and gardening; however, he was the happiest with a fishing pole in his hands and his family and
Bill is preceded in death by his mother Letha and Father Clarence, his mother and father-in-law
Alma and Kenneth Franke, and his children Christian, Preston, and Holly.
He is survived by his wife Linda, his brother Lee Ganther (Cheryl), his sister Margo Burleigh
(Scott), his children Shawn and Kimberly Ganther (Joshua Zvolena), his granddaughter Kylie,
and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. Bill touched many lives while with us on
this earth and will be dearly missed by those who knew and loved him.
Due to COVID-19, a private service will be held Friday, March 19 at 11:00 AM at Zion American Lutheran Church in Granton, Wisconsin. A livestream of the service can be viewed online at https://www.geschefh.com/.
Pallbearers: Shawn Ganther, Joshua Zvolena, Pastor Dan Zimmerman, and Tim Brekke.
Honorary pallbearers: Scott Burleigh, Tom Elmhorst, Mark Crothers, Bruce Crothers, Gerald
Ganther, and Tom Schoolman.
A Go Fund Me fundraiser has been created to assist the family with Bill’s medical and funeral
Online Condolences may be made at www.geschefh.com.
Gesche Funeral Home and Cremation Service is assisting Bill’s family with Funeral arrangements.
Feel free to contact us with questions and/or comments.