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STOUGHTON - William H. Karolus, age 77, died on Monday, March 23, 2015, at St. Mary's Hospital. He was born in Freeport, Ill., on July 26, 1937, the son of Dr. Herbert and Marcella (Kobs) Karolus.

Bill graduated from Northern Illinois University in 1959 with a bachelor's degree. He was drafted to the U.S. Army and was stationed in Germany. On June 26, 1965, Bill married Lorraine Beckman. He spent a long career in the insurance business and retired in 2004 as the marketing director for Rural Insurance of Madison. Bill was a very committed husband for 49 years and a wonderful father and grandfather. He was a man of true integrity and faith.

Bill will be greatly missed by his wife, Lorraine; two children, Anita (Brian) Ashland and Stephen (Cathy); six grandchildren, Victoria (fiancé, Kevin Jones), Alexa, Sarah and Hannah Ashland, Jacob and Aaron Karolus; sister, Marcy Plant; and brother, John (Wanda) Karolus. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother-in-law, Dr. John Plant; and sister-in-law, Lois Hoglund.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 28, 2015, at FIRST LUTHERAN CHURCH, 310 E. Washington St., Stoughton, with the Rev. Richard Halom officiating. Friends and relatives are invited to a luncheon, immediately following the services, in the church fellowship hall. Burial will take place in Town of Dunn Burying Grounds. Visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services Saturday at church. Memorials may be made to First Lutheran Church.

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A special thank you to the Stoughton EMS, St. Mary's Hospital staff, and to the maintenance staff of Vennevoll.

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