MADSION - William F. Endle, age 75, died on Saturday, Dec. 29, 2007. He was born in Eau Claire and grew up in Stevens Point. He attended UW-Stevens Point and received a music education degree from UW-Madison and a master of music education from the University of Colorado. Bill married his best friend, Judy Prokash, on April 8, 1961, in Algoma, after meeting her at Van Hise Jr. High School, where they both taught. Bill truly enjoyed his life in music and considered this a gift. To be able to create a medium that everyone enjoys was his lifelong goal. He played French horn with the Milwaukee Symphony, the Beloit Symphony and the Madison Symphony Orchestra, which he served as president for two years. Bill started his teaching career in Milwaukee at Riverside High School, progressed to Clinton (Wis.) High School and came to Madison in 1959, where he was the band and orchestra director at Van Hise. He retired from the Madison school system at Memorial High School, where he served as Director of Bands, Coordinator of Jazz Studies and Chairman of Fine Arts. He composed the Memorial High School song, "March Onward, Memorial." Prior to this period he served his country in the U.S. Army as director of the 25th Division Band in Hawaii. Recognition of his talents include: Wisconsin Bandmaster of the Year (1975) and Madison Jazz Personality of the Year (1966). He was also administrator of Birch Creek Music Center in Door County from 1990 through 1995, where he had taught summers for 15 years. In his lifetime Bill loved making music for people. To that end, he performed with the Bill Terry Sextet, American Jazz Express, Retro Swing Band, Blessed Brass, Retro Brass Quintet, and many other free-lance opportunities where he could perform with his compatriots. His love for travel took him many places both as a private traveler and as a member of the International Friendship Force. His work as a clinician and music judge took him throughout the United States and Canada where he became recognized as a specialist in jazz and marching band. He started the first jazz program in the Madison Public Schools and won accolades throughout the country. Through his involvement with the West Kiwanis, Bill was the cofounder of the Madison Music Recognition Banquet. He also enjoyed just sitting around with his friends, the Boris Boys, and trading stories. Friends were an important part of Bill's life. Bill is survived by his beloved wife of 46 years, Judy; two daughters, Kirsten (David) Czoschke of Estero, Fla. and Kathy of Madison; and a sister, Kay (Robert) Bukowski of Ogdenburg, Wis. He was preceded in death by his parents, William, Sr. and Catherine (Dupless) Endle. Visitation is planned for Saturday, Jan. 5, 2008, from 1 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. with a memorial service to follow at FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, 203 Wisconsin Ave., Madison. In lieu of flowers, memorials in his name may be made to HospiceCare Center, Dane County Humane Society, where he adopted his cat, Teddy, First United Methodist Church or a charity of one's choice.
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