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William George “Bill” Mackie

June 19, 2020 | 13 comments

William George Mackie was born to eternal life on June 16, 2020, at the age of 73 in LaCrosse, Wis. Born on October 12, 1946, Bill was the cherished son of the late Lorraine and George Mackie; devoted husband to Janie Scoville Mackie; loving father to Steve (Dee Dee) Mackie and Shannon (Jason) Albert; caring step-father to Jackie (Russ) Monti and Angie (Clint McDaniel) Curran; and proud grandpa to Sam, Will and Adam Mackie; Carson, Cooper and Reese Albert; Ciara (Aaron) Barriger; and Gavin Farrar.

Bill joins his parents and sister Patricia (Ed) Reget in Heaven. He is survived by his beloved family, his sisters Mary (Jim) Ruetten and Jayne (Steve) Lange, many nieces and nephews that loved their Uncle Bill, and more friends than we can ever begin to count.

Bill attended St. James Catholic School and Aquinas High School, both in LaCrosse.  He graduated from UW-LaCrosse and was enlisted in the US Army Reserves. He spent his career working in the tire industry for Firestone, Brad Ragan/Goodyear and Pomp’s Tire.

Bill had many lifelong friendships that date back to grade school, high school, college, and his many years socializing and playing racquetball at Waukesha Athletic Club. He loved his wife, children and family; he would do anything to make them smile. He loved and trusted in God. He loved his mother like no other and would call her every Sunday until she passed. He loved bragging about his grandkids and showing them he could still beat them in arm wrestling. He loved the Packers. He loved a cold beer with friends. He saw the good in everyone and made friends with everybody he met.

Everyone loved Bill Mackie. He was more than a good man; he was the best.

If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord. (Romans 14:8)

A private service will be held with his family. In lieu of flowers, please considering honoring Bill by donating to the Alzheimer’s Association (www.alz.org).





    Bill and I go back to the 80’s playing racquetball together. Over the past 15 years we have a place not to far from them at Castle Rock. I will miss him a lot.

    • Linda Gofus

      Janie, I am so sorry to hear about Bill. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  2. Shelly Bell

    Shannon & Family – I send my deepest sympathies to you. May you find comfort in the promise of eternal life. Prayers for strength at this difficult time.

    Shelly Bell and Family

  3. Carol Scoville

    Hello Mary Jane! Sending love and prayers your way! So sorry to hear of your loss!

  4. Mike and Eleanor Welch

    Bill was a good man and kind,glad to have known him.Heaven gained a great Angel.

  5. Mike & Wilma

    Our deepest condolences to the family.

  6. Pat Fohr

    Oh so true about everyone loving Billy. I couldn’t ever get made at him because of his smile. The world lost a good man & I lost a good friend. RIP Billy you will be missed. Your pal!

  7. Jan brezina

    So sorry to hear the news. A lot of good memories so many years ago with the racquet ball Sundays at the athletic club.

  8. Nancy Kenyon

    Billy was my (big brother I never had) my best friend and one of the nicest men in the world, he will be missed by all who were graced with his presence, love you eternally Billy!

  9. Jeff Ruetten

    I am so sorry for your loss. He always had a smile on his face and so pleasant to be around all the time. I remember when I came to visit a few years ago and really enjoyed his hospitality. He will be greatly missed, he really was a great man and will always be remembered for that.

  10. Tom Ostlund

    Attended high school with Bill, and we were in many classes together.Bill always had a smile on his face.
    RIP classmate

    • Jeff & Bridget Curran

      So sorry for your loss… thoughts and prayers to you and your family

  11. Faye Goldsmith

    I’m sending my deepest sympathies to the Mackie family. I am so sorry about your loss. My mother, Leona Severson was a friend of Lorraine and your Mother took my Mother to the store and they would go out for lunch sometimes. Let your memories help you get thru this difficult time. Take care.
    Faye (Seveson)Goldsmith


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