William “Bill” G. Gensler, 75, Racine, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, July 27, 2013. Bill was born in Clintonville, Feb. 11, 1938, son of the late George and Bernece Gensler.
Bill had a great passion for flying and owned and operated Gensler Aviation. He was fascinated with planes as a child and making a life in aviation was a boyhood dream.
He attended Marquette University, worked as a medical technologist at St. Luke’s Hospital and then pursued his dream to become a pilot. He operated his business out of Batten International Airport in Racine for more than 40 years. Bill was an experienced pilot with more than 40,000 hours of flight time and was well-known in the aviation community. As an instructor he built many long lasting relationships with his students.
Friends describe Bill as a fun, warm, spontaneous people person. He was physically active, taking long walks with his companion dog, Lacey. He thoroughly enjoyed social time with friends, cooking, playing cards or watching football. He enjoyed music from the 40s and 50s.
Survivors include Bill’s four sons, Daniel (Chris) Gensler of Coronado, Calif., Jeff Gensler (Suzie Heath) of Deltona, Fla., Jim Gensler of Palm Coast, Fla., and Steve (Margarita) Gensler of Fort Mill, S.C.; his grandchildren, Brooke Gensler, Lauren Gensler, Justin (Lydah) Denneau, Jamie Gensler, Samantha Gensler, Ashley Manchester, Steven and Benjamin Gensler; his six great-grandchildren, Zaya and Xander, and Cameron, Nahkeem, Nazir, Natasha; one sister, Mary (David) Miller of New Smyrna Beach, Fla. and St. Germain; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday, Aug. 5, at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, 6400 Spring St., Racine, with Rev. Terrance J. Huebner officiating.
Visitation will begin at 9:30, Mass at 11.
Interment will be held at St. Germain Cemetery Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2:30 p.m.
Condolences may be made at www.meredithfuneralhome.com.
Maresh-Meredith & Acklam Funeral Home, Racine, handled the arrangements.