William “Bill” Kiley, age 92, of Plymouth, WI, passed away early Tuesday morning (January 31st) at his home. He was born on December 16, 1919 in Green Bay, WI, to the late William F. Kiley and Irene (Strong) Kiley. He attended and graduated from St. Patrick Grade School in Green Bay in 1934 and Green Bay West High School in 1938. He worked at Wheeler Cheese in Green Bay from 1939 to 1959. He was transferred to Plymouth with the Borden Company in 1960, where he worked as a supervisor in the Quality Control Lab until retirement in 1982. He married Elaine Kirchner on April 29, 1944 in Green Bay. They enjoyed 66 years of married life. She preceded him in death on February 15, 2011. William was elected City Alderman of Plymouth from 1962-1970. He was reelected in 1978-1982. In 1982, Bill was elected Mayor of the City of Plymouth. He served as Mayor of this grand city, from 1982 – 2006, a total of 24 years. During his years of City Government, William served on all committees, was elected Council President, and always voted for what was right for the City of Plymouth. He was instrumental in organizing the T-I-F Formation program of 1-2-3-4 for industrial expansion. He also organized the city’s Revolving Loan Program to help companies locate to Plymouth. He originated the Downtown Committee for the improvement of downtown Plymouth. This evolved into the Plymouth Advancement Association.
He spent many years working with the Boy Scouts as Scoutmaster and Merit Badge Counselor. He was awarded the St. George Award for dedication to youth in scouting. Bill was a member of Knights of Columbus #1789, Plymouth and a member of Knights of Columbus – 4th Degree, Sheboygan. He was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church and chaired the Stewardship Fund Drive for many years. He also ran the Road America concession stand for the church, with his wife, for 28 years. He was an avid reader, his favorites being fiction, a stamp collector for many years collecting plate blocks and mint sheets.
Survivors include Four Children: Thomas Kiley of Plymouth, Barbara Kiley of Fort Wayne, IN, Kathy (James) Stanley of Fort Wayne, IN, and Richard (Sara) Kiley of Elkton, KY; Six Grandchildren: Christopher Kiley of West Bend, Brenda Kiley of West Bend, Brian Kiley of West Bend, Ross (Natalie) Stanley of Fort Wayne, IN, Kate Kiley of Chicago, IL, and Megan Kiley of Lakeland FL; Two Great Grandsons: Aiden Stanley and Dale Kiley; and One Sister: Jane (Ambrose) Gerlikkowski of Green Bay. He is also survived by many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by one Sister: Mildred Roderick.
Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday morning (Feb. 4th) at 11:00 A.M. at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Plymouth. Very Rev. Dennis Van Beek, pastor of the church will officiate. Burial will be in the Plymouth Woodlawn Cemetery. Friends may call at the Suchon Funeral Home in Plymouth on Friday (Feb. 3rd) from 4:00 – 7:00 P.M., and on Saturday at the CHURCH from 10:00 A.M. until the time of services.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund is being established in William’s name for the Angel Fund at St. John the Baptist Catholic School.
The Suchon Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Plymouth is serving his family. For online condolences, please visit www.suchonfh.com.