Published in The Sun Lakes Splash, February 2009
William J. Wanstrath
William "Bill" Wanstrath was a long time resident of both Cottonwood and Ironwood. He was born in Cincinnati, OH, on 11/4/20, and passed away at his Ironwood home on 12/23/08. Visitations were held at Valley of The Sun Mortuary with a funeral mass at St. Stephens Church and burial at the National Memorial Cemetery or Arizona on 12/30/08.
Bill was always an exceptional athlete from an early age. He went to Xavier University in Cincinnati on a baseball scholarship but left to play professional baseball for the Cincinnati Reds in 1941 and 1942. He cut his career short when he joined the Navy* during World War II. After the war he worked with Western Southern Insurance Company until he retired in 1985 as Regional Vice President of Western Region. He then became a recommending scout for the Cincinnati Reds association for many years. While working and living in Cincinnati, he was inducted into the Cincinnati Baseball Hall of Fame.
Bill, who was a widower, moved to Sun Lakes in 1994 where he met his wife, Kay, who was a widow. They were married at St. Stephen's Church on his birthday in 1995. Bill was a member of the Knights of Columbus at St. Stephen's, a bowler with the Sun Lakes Guys and Dolls, and a golfer with the Ironwood Men's Club. (The 19th hole won't be the same without him.) He will be forever remembered as a loving husband, father, and grandfather, and a caring man with a great sense of humor who always had a joke to fit every occasion and a gift to make people smile. Bill is survived by his wife, his sister, two daughters, five stepchildren, 15 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
At this time I want to thank all of our many relatives, friends, and neighbors, who were the greatest support system during his illness. I don't know what we would have done without your daily prayers and encouragement. God bless you all.