William P. “Bill” Hruz of Arbor Vitae, was called to the Lord while surrounded by his family July 23, 2012.
Bill was born in Milwaukee May 3, 1941, son of the late Phillip Hruz and Gladys (Reich) Hruz.
Bill attended Messmer High School in Milwaukee and graduated in 1959. Bill was an accomplished trumpet player and was a member of the “Rhythm-Aires Band,” who even cut a record around that time.
Following his graduation, Bill enlisted in the United States Coast Guard and proudly served his country while stationed primarily in St. Joseph, Mich. It was during his time in the Coast Guard that Bill met and fell in love with his wife of 49 years, Grace (Wilkins) of Iron River, Mich. Bill and Grace were married in 1963 and settled in Milwaukee where together they raised and are survived by four boys, Stephen (Debbie) of Brookfield, Paul (Anne) of Manchester, Mo., Benjamin (Ann) of Wauwatosa, and Thomas (Kelly) of Whitefish Bay.
Bill was blessed with nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Bill is also survived by his ever-loving wife, Grace; and younger brother, Michael Hruz.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents and younger sister, Nancy Stewart.
Bill was an employee of the Allan Bradley Company of Milwaukee, for 34 years. Throughout this time, Bill enjoyed traveling throughout Wisconsin and the United States, camping and taking in many of our nation’s beautiful parks. Often these vacations were with many of Bill’s extended family and friends whose company and friendship he always cherished.
Bill and his family had long vacationed with their family in northcentral Wisconsin, and in 1986, he purchased land on Little Spider Lake in Arbor Vitae. In 1999, Bill and Grace finally fulfilled their lifelong dream of retiring “up north.” For the next 13 years, he and Grace warmly welcomed countless family and friends into the home they completed building in 1997. Bill always found a way to make everyone he met feel comfortable and relaxed. Whether it was during a round of golf, a trip around the lake on the boat, or watching one of his beloved Wisconsin sports teams, Bill enjoyed sharing his dream with others.
Visitation will be held Sunday, July 29, 3-6 p.m., at the funeral home. Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m., Monday July 30, at St. Jude the Apostle Church, 734 Glenview Ave., Wauwatosa.
Visitation one hour prior.
Private Interment at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery in King.
In lieu of flowers, memorials to the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge, Marshfield, would be appreciated.