William " Bill" Joseph Trautman, Sr.

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  • Name: William " Bill" Joseph Trautman Sr.
  • Location of Birth: Sewickley, Pennsylvania
  • Date of Birth: July 4, 1953
  • Date of Death: December 22, 2004 (51 years old)
  • Parents: William Calvin Trautman and Mary Rose (McCloskey) Trautman
  • High School and Class: Ambridge Area High School
  • College: Graduated from the Toledo School of Meat Cutting in October, 1975.
  • Highest Rank: MSSA (Mess Management Specialist Seaman Apprentice)
  • Branch: Navy
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  • Date Sworn In: October, 1971
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  • Date of Discharge: October, 1975
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    Vietnam Era

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  • Civilian Life:
    Bill grew up in Baden, Pennsylvania.

    He was united in marriage to Wanda Fay Sells on February 12, 1974 at Elizabeth City, North Carolina.

    Bill was a licensed and bonded auctioneer working with the family's auction company. He also worked for J & L Steel Corporation and Park Rapids Lumber and Supply. He loved fishing, hunting, boating, and playing his guitar.

    Survivors are his wife, Wanda; mother Mary Rose Trautman; daughter, Melissa (Martin) Rivera; son, William (Nishanna); five sisters, Mary Lou (John) Walker, Peggy (Alex) Russin, Susan Lazzaretti, Rosemarie (Steve) Melanson, Dottie Trautman; three brothers, Mark, Doug, and Michael (Arlene); five grandchildren, and many aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews.

    Bill passed away at his home in rural Park Rapids, Minnesota.

    Buried in Harris Cemetery at Grand Rapids, Minnesota. (Plot

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