William Anthony Pfeil died August 1, 2015 in San Antonio, Texas. Born June 7, 1922 in South Bend, Indiana, he was the firstborn of Paul Pfeil and Mary Wilson Pfeil. The family soon moved to Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. Bill grew up sailing on nearby Lake Winnebago and learning about photography from his father, an inventor of photographic lenses. He attended the University of Wisconsin, leaving to join the U.S. Army in 1942. While in Officer Candidate School at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, he met his first wife, Doris Ann Fanslau, a Lieutenant in the Women’s Army Corps. They married in Reims Cathedral in France on July 16, 1945. After the war they returned to Fond du Lac. As a reservist, Bill was recalled to duty for the Korean Conflict in 1951. He went on to make the Army his career, retiring as a Lt. Colonel at Fort Sill, Oklahoma in 1967. Moving to San Antonio, Texas, Bill worked as designer and general contractor on the family’s new home in Hollywood Park. He lost his first wife in 1999. He married Wanda Allen on September 30, 2009, with whom he enjoyed his final years.
Bill’s followed my life interests with avid interest and passion. As a champion pistol marksman in the army he competed with some historic champions. He was a Regional Master/Senior Champion in the Hunter Pistol Silhouette Sport. To the end he practiced with a coach who was impressed with his style and skill. He worked at photography professionally and designed his own north-light studio. He bought Southwind Yacht Sales and ran it with his daughter Barbara for ten years. Bill also sailed with the Woodlawn Sailing Club in the 1960s and was a lifelong member of the Lake Canyon Yacht Club, serving a term as Commodore. He also enjoyed work at Mission Pharmaceutical Company before his second retirement.
He is preceded in death by his parents, his first wife and his sister Patricia Pfeil Moon. He is survived by his second wife, Wanda Allen Pfeil, his daughters Jane Franklin, Barbara Ann Pfeil, Patricia Pfeil Pozza, Susan Jameson, Maryann Pfeil and Elizabeth Ann Pfeil; grandchildren Joseph Benjamin, Kathryn Jane and Jonathan Pfeil Franklin; great-grandson Theodore McCann Franklin and his Norwich Terrier, Wee Tuck.
Services will be held on Monday, August 10, 2015, at 9:30 am at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, San Antonio, Texas.
4 comments on “Wm A Pfeil: Obituary”
He must have been an honorable man and good soldier. I am grateful for his service to his country and sorry for your loss.
Thank you, Sheila. He exemplified that generation. There are fewer and fewer left and we were lucky to have him with us for so long.
I am sorry for your loss, a lovely tribute x
Paula: thank you so much. He had such a full life. It is hard not to have him with us but he had a good long life that we are trying to celebrate.