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William Walter Larkin

January 03, 2020 -

William Walter Larkin William Walter Larkin
Bill Larkin, 85, was born to eternal life Friday, Jan. 3, 2020. He was born July 3, 1934, in La Crosse, to Francis "Frank" and Ruth (Smith) Larkin. Bill graduated from Aquinas High School in 1952. He was married to Jan, for 64 years.
In addition to his wife, Jan, Bill is survived by his son, Scott Larkin (Colleen) of Oconomowoc, Wis.; his daughter, Cheryl Castille (Blake) of Prairie Laurent, La.; brother, Gary Larkin (Judy) of Portage Wis.; grandchildren, Theresa Larkin of Seattle, Wash., and Sarah Larkin of Wauwatosa Wis.; nephew, Tim Larkin (Suzy) of Portage; and niece, Lisbeth Larkin Bellin (Doug) of Mercer Island, Wash.; and nephews, Patrick Larkin (Lisa) of Lake Forest, Calif., and Michael Larkin of La Crosse.
Bill was preceded in death by his older brother, Francis Larkin; his father, Francis "Frank" Larkin; his mother, Ruth (Smith) Larkin; and his half-brothers, Bob Larkin and Jack Larkin.
Bill retired from La Crosse Footwear as the vice president of manufacturing.
Bill and Jan's favorite moments are their association with the Oktoberfest family, beginning with their involvement as Grenadiers, Bill as Grenadier General, President and Director Emeritus of La Crosse Festivals and their positions as Oktoberfest Festmaster and Frau Festmaster in 1992.
Bill was also a long-time member of the La Crosse Bowling Association, having served as director of their city tournament and being inducted into the La Crosse USBC Hall of Fame. He enjoyed his golf outings with his friends and the camaraderie at the Bluffside.
During their retirement, Bill and Jan enjoyed traveling in their motor home and then spending winters in Florida.
Bill's family wishes to express their sincere gratitude to the clinic and hospital staff at the Mayo Clinic/Franciscan Healthcare in La Crosse and Rochester, Minn., as well the staff at Bethany Riverside. Your dedication to your profession and the care you gave to Bill is very much appreciated.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 1333 13th St. S., in La Crosse. The Rev. Rick Roberts will officiate. Burial will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5 until 7 p.m. Friday at the Schumacher - Kish Funeral and Cremation Services of La Crosse, and from 9:30 a.m. until the time of Mass, Saturday at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Boys and Girls Club of Greater La Crosse; St. Clare Health Mission in La Crosse; or Holy Trinity Church. An online guest book is available at www.schumacher-kish.com.
Published on January 5, 2020
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Jan 09, 2020
Roses and Moonlight Bouquet was purchased for the family of William Walter Larkin.  Send flowers
Michael and Judy Limberg
Jan 07, 2020
Our thoughts and prayers are with Jan and he family. I will remember Bill as a true caring friend!
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Jan 06, 2020
A memorial tree was planted in memory of William Walter Larkin.  Plant a tree
Brian Finder
Jan 06, 2020
Please accept our sincere condolences on your family's loss of Bill. He was a personable individual to work with at LaCrosse Footwear and I will always remember his sense of humor and hearty laughter.
John Kjos
Jan 05, 2020
Many memories of bowling with Bill on Thursday's. Always could have fun, but be serious if needed to be. One of those people I never heard anyone say anything bad about.
Jim and Donna Limoseth
Jan 05, 2020
We will never forget our good buddy Billy, who we loved very much. Neither will we forget all the good times and laughter we had with Bill and Jan. May God bless you and your family, Jan, we will stay in touch and definetly get together. Love you! Jim and Donna
Marianne Larkin Holinka
Jan 05, 2020
My deepest sympathies to Jan and family on the loss ofBill May he Rest In Peace Thoughts and prayers are with you 🙏
Chuck Moen
Jan 05, 2020
One of those wonderful people that you are fortunate to have known. Great memories.
Net & George Kupferschmid
Jan 05, 2020
Our thoughts and prayers go out to you Jan and your family. It was always fun seeing you and Bill in Florida when I visited Burt & Wanda. Hope to see you there again.
LuAnn and Chuck Roth
Jan 04, 2020
Bill seemed to always have a smile on his face. He will be deeply missed by so many. Our thoughts and prayers are with Jan and their children.
Brian and Cathy Dorsey
Jan 04, 2020
We remember our time fondly while escorting Bill and Jan during fest week as their Grenadiers. What a loving and fun couple and what a generous man. He will be missed. May fond memories guide you through these days, weeks and months ahead. Rest in peace Bill