search instagram arrow-down


Blog Stats

November 2015

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 1,637 other subscribers



2005 trip 2013 architecture art art and art history Barcelona Brasov Bucovina Chefchaouen Chicago christmas christmas cookies culture dining Estonia Fes Fes el Bali Fez Finland firenze Florence flowers France Gaudi Germany helsinki History italy Kate Lagos La Sagrada Familia London Luxembourg maroc Marrakesh Meknes Moldavia Monastery Morocco Museum Nigeria old city old medina painted monastery Paris photograph photographie photography Piazza San Marco restaurant romania Rome Russia Saint Petersburg sculpture shopping sightseeing sight seeing Sinaia six sisters and a niece! Spain Stephen III of Moldavia Tallinn Texas Texas Hill Country tourists transportation travel Travel and Tourism UK venezia Venice Wales walking World Heritage Site


No Instagram images were found.

Wm A Pfeil: Obituary



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

  1. He must have been an honorable man and good soldier. I am grateful for his service to his country and sorry for your loss.


    1. marthapfeil says:

      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.


  2. paulaacton says:

    I am sorry for your loss, a lovely tribute x


    1. marthapfeil says:

      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.


Leave a Reply
Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s