William M. Kobishop
William M. “Billko” Kobishop, 92, Stevens Point, died
Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015, at Care Partners in Stevens Point.
A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 26,
at St. Peter Catholic Church in Stevens Point, with the Rev. Marcin Mankowski officiating.
Burial will be in Guardian Angel Cemetery at a later date.
Visitation will be in the St. Faustina Room of the church
from 9 a.m. Monday until the Mass.
Pisarski Funeral Homes in Stevens Point and Plover assisted
with arrangements. Condolences may be offered online at
Mr. Kobishop was born June 2, 1923, in Ely, Minn., a son of
the late William J. and Emily A. Kobishop. Ely was his mother’s hometown, where
she was a school teacher, and the family lived there for a few year before
moving to Stevens Point, his father’s hometown. He attended local schools,
graduating from P.J. Jacobs High School in 1941.
During World War II, he was inducted in the U.S. Army at
Fort Sheridan, Ill. His first tour of duty was spent as a staff sergeant and he
was later transferred to the infantry, where he became a platoon sergeant. His
final promotion was to first sergeant of Company B, 18th Combat Engineer
Battalion. He served from February 1943 until April 1946, when he was honorably
Following the war, he returned to Stevens Point.
He was married to Elizabeth “Betty” Zdroik Dec. 28, 1946.
Their marriage lasted more than 65 years until her death April 17, 2012.
They raised their family of six children on Water Street in
He worked as a meat cutter and grocer at the South Side
Market and later retired from the Stevens Point Brewery in 1990.
Survivors include five children, Trish (J. Robert) Barr,
Evanston, Ill., Kathleen (Jerry) Willkom and Betty (Greg) Gustafson, both of
Stevens Point, Barbara “Charlee,” Hustisford, and Loree
(Christopher) LaFlex, Stevensville, Mich.; one brother, Ronald (Agnes) Kobishop,
Stevens Point; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by one son, William David; one
sister, Mae Kobishop; and three brothers, Edward, Jerry and Delbert Kobishop.