William “Bill” Raymond Dannenmueller passed away on Saturday, December 5, 2020.

Bill was born 1930 in Cape Girardeau, Missouri to the late George and Marie Dannenmueller. Bill graduated St. Mary’s High School in Cape Girardeau in 1947 where he played basketball and served as Class President. Bill then went on to attend Southeast Missouri State University.

Bill joined the United States Navy Reserve in 1949, and was sworn in by Admiral William “Bull” Halsey, Jr. Even though Bill was not an avid swimmer, he was proud to serve his country and received an honorable discharge. After his time in the Navy, Bill was employed as a salesman for Armour and Company for seven years.

For the 30 years leading up to his retirement in 1997, Bill worked at Payless Drugs (CutRate) as a buyer and warehouse manager. After his retirement, Bill assisted his son as the “public relations” and “new business” manager of Dannenmueller Blinds, Shutters and Closets.

Bill’s Catholic faith was a defining pillar of his life. He was a member of St. Thomas More Catholic Church where he served as a eucharistic minister, lector, sacristan, usher, and assisted counting the weekly collection. He was a member of the board of trustees. Bill attended mass and adoration several days a week. Mr. Dannenmueller was awarded the Diocese of Owensboro Sophia Award for Outstanding Senior Citizen in 2009 with Carlene. Additionally, he was a Knights of Columbus member.

Bill and Carlene’s three children attended St. Mary School System, where he was a member of the Board. Throughout his children and grandchildren’s school years, it was very common to see Mr. D on the sidelines cheering on the Vikings and re-staining his donated picnic table annually located at the baseball field.

In compliance with health and public safety directives, a private family mass will be held at the Works of Mercy Chapel at St. Thomas More Catholic Church with Rev. Brad Whistle officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Carmel Cemetery.

There will be no visitation.

Milner & Orr Funeral Home of Paducah is in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy can be made to, St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 5645 Blandville Rd. Paducah, KY 42001 and St. Mary Catholic School System, 1243 Elmdale Rd. Paducah, KY 42003.

We appreciate your help in maintaining state mandated Covid restrictions. This includes wearing a mask and maintaining the minimum six feet of distancing within the church at all times.

During this difficult time of Covid, you may show your support by joining the “Hugs from Home” program by 5:00 p.m. Monday, December 7, 2020, where your message will be attached to a balloon in the chapel to remind the family of your love and support. Please go to to send a hug.