He was born October 30, 1948, in Caledonia to Charles and Mary Jeanne (Haas) McCarthy. William graduated from Loretto High School in 1966 and attended Winona State College for one year.
As a youth, Bill was an altar boy at St. John’s and St. Peter’s Catholic churches for many years. He was an expert model builder, electric train enthusiast, Scout, baseball player, basketball player, archer and golfer. Growing up near an independent neighborhood root beer stand, Bill maintained a life-long passion for good root beer.
Bill enjoyed modern European history and reveled in Caledonia’s local history, family lineages and relationships. He appreciated people maintaining things so they would look nice and last.
During his adulthood, Bill shouldered the burdens of Schizophrenia, benefiting from the encouragement of those at the La Cresent ABC. In recent years, Bill especially appreciated the understanding, support and many kindnesses of the staff at Caledonia Care and Rehab.
He is survived by his brother, Michael, Stillwater, Minnesota; nephews, Patrick and Daniel, Stillwater; great nephew, Nicholas, Rochester, Minnesota; aunts, Stella Urbain, Caledonia; Lou Kerndt, Omaha, Nebraska, and Frances Haas, Gold River, California; and several cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents; aunts and uncles, Helen and Milton Mellick, Ed Urbain, Ron Haas, and Holly Mae McCarthy; and a cousin, Martin Urbain.
A Mass of Christain Burial will be at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, June 21, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Caledonia. The Most Rev. Bernard Harrington will officiate and burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Caledonia. Visitation will be from 10 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday before the service at the church. McCormick Funeral Home, Caledonia, is assisting the family with arrangements and online condolences may be given at mccormickfuneralhome.net.
Bill and his family would be honored if memorial donations would be made to the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) on his behalf.