SPREAD EAGLE, Wis. - Darwin "Bill" Maycroft, 79, formerly of Spread Eagle, Wis., passed away Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012, at Cherry Meadows Hospice in Appleton, Wis., after a courageous battle with cancer.
He was born on March 24, 1933, in Muskegon, Mich., son of Juanita Maycroft and the former Milford Maycroft. Bill attended school in Ravenna, Mich.
Bill served his country as a Marine from 1950-1953, serving time in the Korean War. He studied history as a young boy, continually broadening his knowledge throughout his life. Bill had great respect for the fundamental principles of our Founding Fathers found in the Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights and Constitution of the United States. He continued to serve with the Marine Corps League of Iron Mountain.
He married Darlene Harris on July 2, 1954, in Ravenna. They traveled extensively throughout the country wherever electrical work took them. Bill earned his degree as a master electrician, founding his own business in 1968.
Bill was an avid outdoorsman who loved fishing, hunting, and camping at home and in Canada, also traveling to Alaska. He also bred, raised, and showed quarter horses and was involved in the Water Wonderland Quarter Horse Shows in Norway.
His greatest joy in life was spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Bill is survived by his wife, Darlene; mother, Juanita (Howard) Woolf of Muskegon, Mich.; three daughters, Kathaleen (Dale) Nissen of Florence, Wis., Kaye (Floren) Mileksi of Iron Mountain, and Teresa Maycroft of Appleton, Wis.; three grandchildren, Floren (Liz) Mileksi of Appleton, Travis Mileksi of Iron Mountain, and Jessica Nissen of Florence; and two great-grandchildren, Benjamin and McKenna Mileski of Appleton.
In addition to his father, Bill was preceded in death by brothers and sisters-in-law, Vernon and Karen Maycroft and Leonard and Diane Maycroft.
Visitation will be Friday from 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m. at Maranatha Assembly of God Church in Kingsford.
The Celebration of Life will be held Friday 1 p.m. at the church. Rev. David Wilton will officiate. The Marine Corps League will accord military honors following the service at the church.
You may light a candle in remembrance of Bill or leave a condolence for his family online at JacobsFuneralHomes.com
The family has chosen the Jacobs Funeral Home of Iron Mountain to honor Bill's legacy of life.