Funeral Services for Billy will be held on Thursday, May 22nd at 1 p.m. at St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Watertown, with the Rev. James Werner officiating. Burial will be in the Lutheran Cemetery in Watertown.
Relatives and friends may call to pay their respects at the church on Thursday from 11 a.m. until the time of the service. In lieu of flowers, Billy’s request for memorials may be directed to St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church.
Hafemeister Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Watertown is serving the family. Online condolences may be made at www.hafemeisterfh.com.
Billy was born on April 30, 1930 to William and Edna (Vehlow) Lenius in the Town of Shields. He attended Seibel School. When he finished school he stayed home to help his father farm.
He married his best friend, the former Marvel Hensler on November 11, 1950 at St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church. After 60 years of marriage, she preceded him in death on November 18, 2010.
Billy was employed at Roy Jones Trucking for 18 years, driving trucks hauling livestock. He later became Operational Manager in charge of the entire company and added Custom Bailing & Combining.
He moved on to live and farm in the Town of Shields and took great pride in farming the farm he was born on with his son.
Billy was a member of St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church. He was also a member of Equity Livestock and of the Watertown Shipping Association. He was elected to the Board of Directors, then served as vice-president and later president, all totaling 22 years.
Surviving are his children, Sandy Sykes of Woodbury, MN; Gary Lenius of Watertown; three grandchildren, Tammy Chamberlain, Brian (Sara) Sykes and Kimberly (Jeff) Combs; three great-grandchildren, Zachary Chamberlain, Hadley Combs and Iona Sykes; a sister, Donna Mae Woods of Apache Junction, AZ; two brothers, Harvey (Norma) Lenius of Fox Lake and Eugene (Betty) Lenius of Piedmont, SC; a special nephew, Jonathan (Anne) Kluewer of Concord, as well as many loving nieces, other nephews, relatives and friends.
Billy was further preceded in death by his parents; a son-in-law, James Sykes; five sisters, Erna Ziegelman, Frieda Bartel, Helen Kube, Norma Jaeger and Linda Kluewer; three brothers, Oscar Lenius, Ronald Lenius and DuWayne Lenius.
Billy will be remembered for his great sense of humor, telling stories, Polka music, love of his family and the willingness to always help others.
A very grateful thank you to “his special nieces and nephews” who provided loving support to him these past months.