of Norfork, AR
January 10, 2022
William A. Doerr, age 88, of Norfork, AR passed away on January 10, 2022. He was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on December 22, 1933 in a taxi on the way to the hospital. Bill's father George Doerr was a machinist at A.O. Smith in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and his mother Lillian, was a homemaker. As an adolescent, Bill was very involved with St. Ann's Catholic Church in Milwaukee, serving as an altar boy. He graduated from Pius XI High School in Milwaukee in 1953.In 1954, Bill enlisted in the U.S. Army. While in the Army, he responded to an ad in the Stars and Stripes announcing auditions for the Army band. Bill, a trombonist, was selected from many musicians to join the band of the 17th Infantry Regiment in Korea, part of the 7th Infantry Division responsible for defending the line along the demilitarized zone. He was honorably discharged after 3 years of service.Bill worked with Wisconsin Bell/AT&T for more than 40 years starting as a cable splicer and moving up to various management positions before retiring in 1994. It was at Wisconsin Bell that Bill met the love of his life, Rhoda Swanson (Doerr). She was a telephone operator with the company. They were married at St. Agnes Church in Milwaukee Wisconsin on June 17, 1961. They were married for 58 years.In 1995, Bill and Rhoda moved to Jordan, Arkansas which culminated in almost 30 years of volunteering within the community and building some of the most important friendships of their lives. Bill was active in the Knights of Columbus at St. Peter the Fisherman Church. He was Grand Knight from 1998 2000 and the Faithful Navigator of the 4th Degree Assembly from 2010-2012. He participated on several committees at the church. Most notably, he led a committee overseeing the development and construction of an addition to the church complex. Bill also served as Vice President of the Brunner Hill Water Board for 10 years.He will be forever missed and is survived by his daughter Robin from Denver, Colorado and his son David, daughter-in-law Renia and granddaughter Milena, of Bonn, Germany. He is also survived by his sister Mary Moyle of Venice, Florida.A Funeral Mass will be at 10:00 AM, Saturday, January 15, 2022 at St. Peter the Fisherman Catholic Church with Reverend Norbert Rappold officiating. There will be a luncheon following the service. Burial will be private.
Rhoda, Terri and I were truly saddened this morning when we heard that Bill had died. We both think a lot of you and Bill from our time living in MH-and during our annual visits. I enjoyed our many good conversations, usually at a Knights meeting or event. He will truly be missed. Praying for Bill, you and your family duringthis difficult time. May eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord. And let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace.With love, Dcn Jeff & Terri Speight 832-334-1843
Robin,David and family, I am so very sorry for the loss of Bill. I have many memories of family get togethers in Wisconsin. I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers.Jeff
We will miss him dearly. A great man and great couple.
Bill and Rhoda such great friends since Menomonee Falls so many years ago. Robin, David we understand your loss. Your folks will always be in your hearts and a part of you. All our love and prayers. Bob and Eddi
Bill and Rhoda such great friends since Menomonee Falls so many years ago. Robin, David we understand your loss. Your folks will always be in your hearts and a part of you. All our love, Bob and Eddi Erdman
I have been missing Rhoda, now I will be missing Bill. Robin and David my thoughts are with you. Your dad was so kind and loving.
Robin, my heart goes out to you. You are in my thoughts as you go through this very difficult time.
Sending love to the family at this difficult time, Robin we both love you !
As a childhood friend of Robin and David, I have known Bill most of my life. His dry sense of humor is what I remember most - even when we were all in trouble with him . He was a very patient person with teen-agers - When we walked all over the newly snowed upon , pristine, yard - when we carved our initials in a large tree on his lawn - when we took his new car for a drive and did a little bit of damage ! He was always strong, vigilant and a very honorable man.
Dear Robin, my thoughts and prayers are with you. I know how you will miss your father. I remember how you were there for me when my father passed away. Please know that I love you and am here for you.With love,Missy Glauch.
Thinking of you with much love ❤️
Robin and David I am so sorry for your loss. I have many memories of both your Dad and Mom from our small Norfork/Jordan neighborhood. May he rest in peace
So sorry for your loss, Bill was a very kind & sweet man of God. May he rest in peace.Sincerely, Schracks
Our friend and neighbor when when we lived in Jordan, AR. Bill will be remembered and missed always
Prayers for the family and friends of Bill. Cathy and I both worked at Wisconsin Bell and knew Bill. What a decent caring man. RIP.
Robin and David, Neil and I are so very sorry about the loss of your father. We have great memories of visiting them in their beautiful home. You now have two very special angels watching over you. With love and prayers.Neil and Kathy