William ‘Bill’ Leonard Bachmeyer passed peacefully on Wednesday May 1, 2019 in Central Point, Oregon, surrounded by family. He was born in Philadelphia, PA to William Leonard Bachmeyer and Addie Lavina Bingenheimer on August 11, 1931.
He is survived by three children, Heidi (David) Hix, Gretchen Bachmeyer (Keith Lengen), and Kurt (Anne-Marie) Bachmeyer; sisters Mary Jean Flak and Karen (Marvin) Flak; grandchildren Nichole (Tyler) Hovelsrud, Alisha (George) Silva and Sara (Mike) Wheeler, four great-grandchildren and lifelong friend Teresa Huls, of Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. He was preceded in death by Brother Ken Bachmeyer (Barbara) and Brother in law Lorents Flak.
Much of his early life was spent in Wisconsin and Minnesota. The best years of his childhood were spent in Thorp Wisconsin where he graduated from Thorp High School. From there he went on to graduate from Stout Institute in Menomonie, Wisconsin where he received his degree in Industrial Arts with an emphasis on teaching.
He served honorably in the US Navy during the Korean War stationed aboard the USS Newport News and the Battleship USS Iowa; much of his duty took place in the Mediterranean. He enjoyed skiing the slopes in the Alps and the many Historical sites throughout Greece, Italy, Spain and France.
His Teaching Career began in Hastings, Minnesota where he was a shop teacher for the local High School. He enjoyed wood working, creating chess boards and candle holders. Later in life he built several decks, sheds and other structures for many family members and friends. After leaving Minnesota in 1969 he and his former wife Jan moved their family to Central Point, Oregon. He had previously flown out to Medford prior to their departure and secured a job with School District 6 in Central Point where he taught woodshop, drafting and architectural drawing. His career and profession progressed through the years as he held positions at Scenic Jr. as a Dean and Athletic Director and finished his career at Hanby Middle School as the Vice Principal.
A golf enthusiast, he played on hundreds of courses throughout the west coast from Portland to Rosarita Mexico, many of his favorites included courses in Lake Tahoe and San Diego. During his retirement, you could find him playing 4 to 5 times a week picking up a round with anyone who was available for 18 or more!
He loved to fish all the local lakes, Lost Creek and Diamond were among the destinations he enjoyed the most, being surrounded by fresh air, pine trees and the occasional Eagle soaring high above looking down for any fish being thrown back that weren’t keepers!
Graveside services will be held Tuesday, May 7th at 11:00 AM at the Eagle Point National Cemetery; 2763 Riley Road, Eagle Point Or. 97524. In Lieu of flowers contributions can be made directly to the Eagle Point National Cemetery.