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Aug. 1, 1954 - July 8, 2021 FARGO, N.D. - William “Bill” Rothlisberger, 66, Fargo, N.D., died Thursday, July 8, in Rosewood on Broadway. William (Bill) Charles Rothlisberger was born August 1, 1954, to Richard and Mathilda Rothlisberger. Bill spent the first 12 years of his life in Martin, ND, where he had many good memories of small town living. He called it his own Mayberry. He especially enjoyed summers at Lake Metigoshe at his grandparents’ lake cabin. The family moved to Fargo in 1966 where he attended Fargo North High School, and Wahpeton School of Science. Bill worked hard and played hard. He was a man of many talents. His friends and family loved to listen to him jam some bluesy tunes, completely by ear, on whatever piano was available. Others were in awe at his ability to play pool. A glorious moment was winning the Minnesota State Singles Championship. He was a great chef and was always excited to try and share new recipes. Bill was also an excellent artist. His talent for drawing and building led to his career as a designer and builder. His creations included custom fish houses, pool tables, gazebos, decks, home additions, etc. His work was with perfection. Bill never married. Over the years, he had several four-legged furry companions which he adored and who adored him. He appreciated his friends very much and always looked forward to a grill out and a game of billiards in the “Pool Garage”. You always knew what to expect when you got there: Bill in his Carhart t-shirt and jeans, cigarette in one hand, pool cue in the other…and an Old Milwaukee close by. It was during these encounters that he and his friends would visualize the next project. His creativity never did end. Just days before his death, he was planning the drawing of a new “walker”. Bill said a few weeks before his death “I’m a rule breaker and always have been. They won’t let me break any more rules here; therefore, it’s time for me to hit the road.” His decision to discontinue dialysis after 6 years of twice weekly sessions was courageous and without complaint. Bill was lucky to have had many lifelong friends who took the time to visit him during his final weeks of life. They shared some treasured memories, home brewed beer and much laughter. We would like to acknowledge our appreciation to Brad and Sherri Morris for their enormous support since Bill’s stroke; Chris Bergquist and Peggy Markey who provided many days and evenings of entertainment on Fox Lake; Judy Paul for her absolute kindness in a variety of ways, and the patience and understanding from all staff at Sanford Dialysis (Mary), and Rosewood on Broadway (Jessica, Phoenix, and all). Bill will be very much missed and leaves behind his siblings, James (JeLai) Rothlisberger, Barbara (Brad) Olson, Cheryl (Pat) Schmidt, nephews, nieces, etc... Arrangements will be at Boulger Funeral Home. The family asks that any memorials be given to the FM Humane Society. There will be a memorial service at 2:00 PM on Friday, July 16, 2021 at Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center, Fargo with a visitation starting at 1:30 PM.

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  1. I am sorry to hear of Billlys passing…I am one of many that were in awe of his pool playing…It was always great when he asked me to be his partner in a game or 2 at the Flame or the Bismark…RIP Billy….

  2. My family lived around the corner from the Rothlisberger family. I was sad to find out that Billy had passed. My sympathies to his family and friends. Pam(Anderson) Phillips.

  3. Love you Billy
    .thank you for my kitchen thank for my porch thank you for crazy nites..I’d do it all again. For YOU. ps you rocked

  4. My memory of Billy and his entire family are still vivid 56 years later. We all grew up in Martin. May peace be with this special family and endure.

  5. Sad to see Bill head out , I always enjoyed stopping by to visit with him ,have a cold one , pick his brain about any construction project and just hang out for laugh after laugh . When you were Bill’s friend you were welcome anytime and very non judgmental.
    I admired Bill for taking care of his mom like he did and I’m grateful to call Bill Rothlisberger a friend of mine.

    You R.I.P. Bill

    A Friend , Brek

  6. Oh Billy,
    you will be missed!!! Thank you for many laughs… To Bill’s family I want to send my condolences and will definitely have a beer in his honor….
    Sandy Phillips

  7. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May your memories of Billy linger and help heal this loss.
    I was teaching grades 1,2,and 3 in Martin and Billy was one of my students. He was a quiet little boy and I remember his smile. (He never said anything when Jimmy got into trouble, but I’d see that little grin. I often wondered what his thoughts were.)
    How he used his talents was of interest to me.

  8. Cheryl and family, We had so much fun living on 9th Street together!!! 😍 Billy was a great friend to my brother, Bill!! I am so sorry for your loss, it’s so difficult to lose a sibling!! May you find comfort in the memories, and love that you share!! Prayers and hugs to all!!! 🙏🙏🙏🙏🤗🤗🤗🤗

  9. I recently was thinking about Bill as I drove by 9th St. I was Jeff Sonsthagen’s girlfriend when I met Bill. We would see him quite often. He was very talented. I was amazed at what a great pool player he was! My condolences to the family. RIP Bill!

  10. My Sympathies to Cheryl and family. Bill taught me the “smart” way to play pool back in the Gaslight Lounge days.
    He was a good one!

  11. To The Rothlisberger Family,

    I am so sorry to hear about the loss of Bill. He was a good friend to my brother Brad for many, many years, since 10th street North in Fargo. I have fond memories of Bill from years past. As a teen and young adult before I left Fargo, here is what I hold dear in my heart. Watching Bill play pool; champion, hearing his piano playing by ear; impeccable, his drawing ability; masterful. I hope to find his drawing of my teen self, someday. Bill, many of us don’t fit into the “proverbial” rule box. I hope you are now breaking all the rules with peace and laughter.

    Sending love and blessings to the family,
    Lori Morris

  12. RIP Billy, l always lived stopping by with Jeff to shot pool. 8 ball corner pocket. God speed my friend.

  13. I was also a resident of Martin (Mayberry). I remember Bill well, my uncle bought their house when they left Martin. I have such fond memories of that place. I’m always sad to see my friends and playmates leave, but our reunion will be glorious. Rest in peace until we meet again.

  14. I just now saw this obituary for Billy – as I knew him in Martin. I am very sad for Jim, Cheryl, and Barbara, siblings of Bill. In Martin during my high school years, I would occasionally baby sit with the boys for Tillie and Dick. Those are great memories for me. Those 2 little boys were always very active! I so enjoyed the family of the Rothlisbergers. My deepest sympathies for you all. Peace and Prayers.

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