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William 'Bill' Bestler 1950–2019 Owatonna—William "Bill" James Bestler, age 69, of Deerwood, MN, formerly of Owatonna, passed away August 7, 2019 surrounded by loved ones. Friends may greet the family from 3-4:00 PM Monday August 12, 2019 at the Brick Meger Funeral Home with a memorial service to follow at 4:00 PM, presided by Deacon Kris Oppegard. Bill was born January 1950, in Owatonna to parents Carl and Eleanor (Cupkie) Bestler. He graduated from Owatonna Senior High School in 1968. He attended Rochester Technical College and University of Wisconsin- Stout obtaining a Bachelor's Degree in Engineering. Bill married Sheryl Haner in Minnesota City, on April 26, 1980. He retired from engineering in 2009. Bill and Sheryl enjoyed traveling to Golfport, Mississippi and New Orleans, LA. When Sheryl retired in 2014, they moved up north to enjoy life on the lake. His passions in life were family, his hunting dogs, trap shooting, deer and pheasant hunting, fishing, woodworking, gunsmithing, a good meal, homemade chocolate chip cookies and tinkering with many things. Bill's family will miss his humor. He is survived by, wife of 39 years, Sheryl, daughters, Heather (fiancé Justin Cook) Bestler, Rochester, Amber (Eric Froehlich) Bestler, Dundas, MN. Bill was preceded in death by his parents. In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to your local food shelf. For more information or to leave an online condolence message go to

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