William R. 'Bill' Specht

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William R. “Bill” Specht, 96, of Prairie du Chien, passed away Sunday, Jan. 13, at the Prairie Maison Care Center.  

He was born March 28, 1922, in Dodgeville, the son of Charles and Sarah (Reese) Specht.  

He married Mary Dickert on Nov. 26, 1942, in Madison.  She preceded him in death on April 20, 2008.  Bill owned and operated Specht’s IGA in Prairie du Chien for many years.  He was a founding member of the Prairie du Chien Country Club and was an avid Wisconsin Badger fan.  

He is survived by his daughters, Barb (Stan) Toberman and Peg (Kurt) Smith; a son Jim (Mary Beth) Specht, all of Prairie du Chien; seven grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.  

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; a brother, Charles; his sisters, Charlotte Hommen and Leone Bollig; a daughter-in-law Marilynn Specht; along with a grandchild Andrew.

A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday, Jan. 17, at 11:30 a.m. at St. Gabriel’s Church of the Holy Family Parish, Rev. James Weighner officiating, with interment in the Calvary Cemetery, both in Prairie du Chien. Friends may call at the church on Thursday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to be donated to some of Bill’s favorite charities. 

The Garrity Funeral Home of Prairie du Chien is assisting the family. 

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