Willis (Bill) Anthony Lennertz passed away peacefully on Saturday, October 15, 2011. He was born on March 24, 1930 in Chicago Heights, Illinois to Willis and Anna Lennertz. He attended Bloom High School in Chicago Heights, lettering in football and baseball. He served as a Staff Sergeant in the United States Air Force during the Korean War. Graduating from Whittier College in 1957 with his Bachelor’s degree and a Master in Education in 1970, he taught English at La Habra High School for 33 years. He retired from La Vista High School in 1991, a well-loved teacher who greatly impacted many students over the years.
Bill spent many years coaching Little League baseball and influencing the lives of young athletes. He was known for his warm, fun-loving personality and passion for life. He enjoyed camping, fishing, reading, debating, writing, painting, animals, and gardening and is best known for his telling of stories and wonderful sense of humor. Late in life, Bill came to a saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ and was baptized in the summer of 2006.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Dr. James Lennertz. Bill is survived by his wife, Linda; children, Deborah (Todd) Collins of Cincinnati, Ohio, Kimberly (Greg) Joyce of Anchorage, Alaska and Pastor Steven (Katherine) Lennertz of Menifee, CA; stepchildren, Kristine (Michael) Jenkins of Gilbert, Arizona and Jay (Sandi) Hill of San Jose, California; 12 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, October 28 at North Coast Church, 2405 N. Santa Fe Ave.,Vista, CA in the Chapel at 10:00am. A color guard will be present at his interment at Riverside National Cemetery at 2:00pm on the same day.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to one of the following:
Send North, 4225 Spenard Rd., Unit B, Anchorage, AK 99517
Tecate Mission International, PO Box 1000, Tecate, CA 91980