William R. "Bill" Specht

March 28, 1922 ~ January 13, 2019 (age 96)

Prairie du Chien, WI

William R. “Bill” Specht age 96 of Prairie du Chien passed away Sunday, January 13, 2019 at the Prairie Maison Care Center.  He was born March 28, 1922 in Dodgeville, WI the son of Charles and Sarah (Reese) Specht.  He married Mary Dickert on November 26, 1942 in Madison, WI.  She preceded him in death on April 20, 2008.  Bill owned and operated Specht’s IGA in Prairie du Chien for many years.  He was a founding member of the Prairie du Chien Country Club and was an avid Wisconsin Badger fan.  He is survived by his daughters, Barb (Stan) Toberman and Peg (Kurt) Smith, a son Jim (Mary Beth) Specht all of Prairie du Chien, seven grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, a brother Charles, his sisters, Charlotte Hommen and Leone Bollig, a daughter in law Marilynn Specht, along with a grandchild Andrew.

A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday, January 17, 2019 at 11:30 AM at St. Gabriel’s Church of the Holy Family Parish, Rev. James Weighner officiating, with interment in the Calvary Cemetery both in Prairie du Chien. Friends may call at the church on Thursday from 9:30 AM until the time of services. In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to be donated to some of Bill’s favorite charities.  

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