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William “Bill” Zilverberg

William “Bill” Zilverberg, age 63, of Huron, died Tuesday, February 3, 2009, at the University of Minnesota Hospital in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  His funeral service was at 2:00 PM Sunday, February 8th at the First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Donald Crippen officiating with military rites by the Huron Veterans Council. 

William Duane was born June 28, 1945, to Harry Moyne and Grace Katherine (Stimson) Kirby at Seattle, Washington.  At the age of three months, his father Harry died. Bill, his mother Katherine and sister Kay moved to Highmore, South Dakota to be closer to Katherine’s family.  On December 3, 1949, Katherine married Mac Zilverberg at Highmore.  Bill was later adopted by Mac.  The family lived in Highmore until 1956 when they moved to the farm north of Holabird.  He attended Highmore Elementary and Valley Country School.  Bill graduated from Highmore High School in 1964.  He was a member of the Hyde County Happy Helper 4-H club.

 Bill was drafted in the United States Army on September 9, 1965, and served during Viet Nam.  Bill was awarded several service medals and expert rifle and sharpshooter awards.  He was honorably discharged August 2, 1967.  Bill went back to work for his father on the family farm.

On December 28, 1968, Bill married Evelyn DuBois at Highmore.  They moved to Sioux Falls. He studied computer programming in Omaha and worked as a computer operator in Sioux Falls at John Morrell and a  bank.  In 1973, they moved to Wolsey where Bill farmed for Ralph and Betty Braun. They had two children, Cheri in 1971 and Joe in 1973.          

On November 20, 1981, Bill married Jeanne Petersen Dennis at Wolsey.   With Jeanne came three more children, Curt, Cheryl and Carey.  From 1976 to 1983, Bill worked for Concrete Products as a mechanic.   He then worked as an insurance agent.  In 1985, Bill worked for Central Service as an appliance repairman and in 1991, he was a small engine repairman for Kutil’s CarQuest.  Due to complications from emphysema, Bill retired in 2001.  On August 9, 2007, Bill received a double lung transplant at the University of Minnesota Hospital in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

 After retirement, he could be found picking up his grandchildren after school. Bill cherished spending time with his family, especially at holidays and at Old Settler’s Day in Highmore.  He enjoyed bowling, stock car races, demolition derbies and fishing, which were all made into family events.  Bill spent many hours tinkering on his five children’s cars in the driveway. He could always be found in the bleachers supporting his children and grandchildren at their athletic events.

Bill was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Huron, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion, and the Wolsey Jaycees.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Thomas; one grandson at birth; and his mother-in-law, Dorothy Mueller.

Grateful for having shared in his life are his wife, Jeanne of Huron;  his children, Curt Dennis of Huron,  Cheryl and her husband, Bruce Hartley of Huron and their children, Macey and Carter Brotherton, Carey Dennis of  Huron; Cheri and her husband, Doug Bjorke of Huron and their children, Tori, Jessica, Shelby and Donika Bjorke, and Joe and his  wife, Jamie Zilverberg of Oregon City, Oregon and their children, Gavin, Hannah and Jackson Zilverberg;  three sisters, Kay Buckner of O’Neill, Nebraska, Janet and her  husband, Gary “Smokey” Kopecky of Highmore, and Mary Jo and her husband, Nick  Nemec of Holabird; one brother, Robert “Shorty” and his wife, Sue Zilverberg of  Highmore; his father-in-law, Walter “Bob” and his wife Peggy Mueller of Huron; and his brother-in-law, Vernon and his wife, Joy Petersen of Huron; and many other relatives.

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