Valhalla-Gaerdner-Holten Funeral Home and Valhalla Gardens

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William Francis Daenzer

January 20, 1940June 14, 2020

William Francis Daenzer,

William Francis Daenzer (Bill), 80, of Lebanon, Illinois passed away 3:10 p.m. on Sunday, June 14th at Cedar Ridge Health & Rehab. He was born in Belleville Illinois on January 20th, 1940.

Preceding Bill in death, his father, Arthur Daenzer; and his mother, Esther (Eisemann) Daenzer; brothers, David Daenzer, Robert (Bob) Daenzer; sisters, Rose (Rosie) (Daenzer) Pierce, and Geralyn (Lyn)(Daenzer) Tutza; sister, Mary Ann (Daenzer) Freivogel; sons, Douglas Daenzer and Michael Daenzer.

William is survived by his children, Troy (Teresa) Daenzer, Tracy (Russell) McCullough III, Tara (Stephen) Hauser, their half sister Kimberly Noltkamper; grandchildren, Amanda (Troy) Griffith, Cory and Justin Daenzer, Ezra and Simon Hauser; great grandchildren, Brady and Brock Griffith; and brother, James (Jim) Daenzer.

Bill was described as a kind man and a proud father. He was a veteran who served in the United States Navy from 1958-1964 and Army Reserves. Later in life he became a machinist by trade at Turner Electric. He enjoyed coin collecting, fishing, and sharing a drink with loved ones and friends. Bill is remembered fondly by all who knew him, and will be dearly missed.

Memorials in Bill’s honor may be made to the American Cancer Society, and Alzheimer's Association

Condolences may be expressed online to the family at www.dignitymemorial.com/funeral-homes/ valhalla-gaerdner-holten

Service: July 9th- Visitation is scheduled to begin at 9:15 am and funeral will be held at 10:00 am at Valhalla-Gaerdner-Holten Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.


  • Visitation

    Thursday, July 9, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, July 9, 2020


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Clifton Pierce

June 19, 2020

So over the course of my life I spent quite a few times with Uncle Bill. We fished together in the Kaskaskia River, at Ballwin Lake and CK&L of I, at the club house in Nashville and some lakes that he knew about, but apparently no one else did. I say we fished together because we had fishing poles, bait and tackle. But mostly what we had was beer and liquor and after awhile, we weren't fishing any more. The day would usually end at Chickens Tavern, at Shirley's Tavern or Centerfield or someplace in New Minden. Whatever we ended up doing, we always ended up have some good laughs. Bill was present at my father's bedside at the time of his death. There were other people there also but moments before he left this life Bill leaned over and put a beer chip under my father's pillow and said, "this is for when I see you on the other side, buddy". I hope they have had that beer together. RIP, Uncle Bill.