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William D. Eisele

December 30, 2023

William Eisele Obituary



William D. Eisele of Amelia Island, Florida, passed away December 30, 2023 at The Lakeside At Amelia Island. He was born July 31, 1927 in Iron Mountain, Michigan, to parents Dr. David and Mrs. Muriel Eisele. He was a graduate of the Luther L. Wright High School in Ironwood, Michigan and of the University of Michigan. He attended Law School at Southern Methodist University. He married Helen Holmberg of Ironwood, Michigan, on December 27, 1953.

Bill was the owner of William D. Eisele & Co. Insurers, in Clearwater, Florida for thirty years. He served as President of the Clearwater Independent Insurers Assoc. and was an enthusiastic member of Rotary since 1965 serving in Clearwater, Bar Harbor, and Fernandina Beach.

Bill served as President of the University of Michigan Club of Upper Pinellas County, Florida. He was a Director and Vice President of the Alumni Association of the University of Michigan and received the University’s Distinguished Alumni Service Award. Alums are proud of the fact that Bill helped establish The University of Michigan Club of The Moon to recognize the all-UM Apollo 15 mission crew.

He was a Commissioner for the Town of Belleair Shore, Florida and an Elder in the Presbyterian Church.

Bill was preceded in death by his wife Helen of 67 years. He is survived by son David W. Eisele (Janice) of Cockeysville, MD, and daughter Meg Eisele Lilja (George) of Warren, PA; seven grandchildren: Leigh Eisele of Mercer Island, WA, Lauren Eisele of Dallas, TX, Mariel Eisele of Winston-Salem, NC, Danielle Lilja Warren (Dan) of Woodstock, GA, David Lilja of Charleston, SC, Bethany Lilja of Chicago IL, and Duke Lilja Charleston, SC; and one great-grandchild: Eloise Warren of Woodstock, GA.

Bill leaves a legacy of integrity, hard work, and an infectious smile. He was incredibly proud of his children and encouraged them to realize their dreams. He could’ve written a guide on how to get every morsel out of a lobster. Bill was as happy in the woods of Maine as he was on the beach in Florida.

In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer that his memory be honored by making memorial donations to The Rotary Club of Fernandina Beach, P. O. Box 16046, Fernandina Beach, FL 32035.



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