In Memory

William H. G. Passwater Jr - Class Of 1995

William H. G. Passwater Jr

William �Bill� Henry George Passwater, Jr. 33 of Statesville, North Carolina, formerly of South Bend, Indiana, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday July 9, 2008. Bill was Transportation Director for Penske Racing in Mooresville, NC. Bill enjoyed spending time with family, friends and his animals. Bill also had a love for the outdoors and enjoyed fishing and hunting. Bill married his wife Heather Stangland on November 26, 2005 and became a father to his first child, Lyla, on October 3, 2007.

Bill was born on May 17, 1975 in South Bend to William and Linda Passwater. Bill graduated from LaSalle High School in 1995 where he played football and was involved in several clubs and activities.

Bill joined Penske Racing in January of 2005 and quickly became involved volunteering with the Ryan Newman Foundation and the North Carolina Auto Racing Hall of Fame. Bill was instrumental in ensuring that the Penske race cars got to their destinations seamlessly week after week. Along with his many professional accomplishments, his greatest love was walking in the door at night to his wife, daughter and dogs Knute and Libby. On the day Bill passed away, it was discovered that he and Heather would be expecting their second child.

While Bill was an avid fisherman and loved the outdoors, he enjoyed nothing more than laying on the floor while he and Heather played with their daughter. Bill�s giant stature was equaled by his great sense of humor, even when he was laughing at himself.

In addition to Heather and Lyla, Bill is survived by his mother Linda of South Bend; his brother Tim, wife Adrienne and their daughter Vivianna of Mishawaka; his father and mother in-law Norm and Dianne Stangland of South Bend; brother in-law Chad Stangland of Carmel, IN; his grandparents Georgian Vargo and Hilda Passwater both of South Bend, Robert and Waundean Stangland of Columbia City, IN, and Ruth and Loren Metzger of South Whitley, IN; along with numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Bill was preceded in death by his father William �Bill� Passwater, Sr., his grandfathers Frank Vargo and William Passwater, his aunt and uncle Roseanne and Henry Nye.

Family will receive friends on Tuesday July 15 from 2-8 P.M. at the Kaniewski Funeral Home, 3545 N. Bendix Drive, South Bend, Indiana, where a prayer service will be held at 4 P.M. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Corpus Christi Catholic Church on Wednesday July 16 at 10:30 A.M. Interment will follow the in St. Joseph Cemetery in South Bend.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Passwater Children Fund through Wachovia Bank at 552 East Plaza Drive, Mooresville, NC 28115.

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Date Of Birth: May-17-1975
Date Deceased: July-9-2008
Age at Death: 33
Cause of Death: Blood Clot in lung
Classmate City: South Bend
Classmate State: IN
Classmate Country: USA
Was a Veteran: No
Survived By: His mom, Linda Passwater, brother, Timothy Passwater, wife, Heather Stangland-Passwater, daughter, Lyla, son William

He was such an avid storyteller, could make you laugh at the silliest things. The day he died, his wife, Heather, found out she was pregnant with their second child, William (Willie).


07/30/2017 notice from Vickie Perkins