A celebration of the life of Wilmer Charles “Bill” Stemmene will take place at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 19, at the Northwoods Tavern, 461 Deep Creek Loop, Naples. Bill lost his fight with cancer on July 20, 2020, at Kootenai Health, Coeur d’Alene.
He was in Kellogg born to Edgar and Jerre (Snodgrass) Stemmene on April 19, 1957. He attended Bonners Ferry High School and North Idaho College.
His first job was a stock boy at M&M grocery store, but he decided to make logging his career.
He enjoyed road trips, never failing to critique any road construction that might be going on, loved music of all kinds, his favorite was Seminole Wind by John Anderson, and if you couldn’t remember a song, hum a bar or two and he could tell you the name of the song and who recorded it.
He enjoyed watching football and enjoyed playing softball, golf and shooting hoops. After his retirement he became a pretty good cook, made the best chicken and noodles and always made enough to share.
Bill did not have children of his own but he adored his immediate and extended family of nieces and nephews.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Larry and Mike and sister Tamera.
He is survived by sister Carol (Ron) Grove, nieces Linda Grove and Denise (Fred) Maas, great-nieces Brenna Rae Maas and Miranda Pierce, great nephews Zachary Maas and David Willems, great great nephews Brayden and Ethan Pierce, Baylor Maas and Gabriel Willems.