Neukranz, Bill

Lloyd William "Bill" Neukranz

September 14, 1954 - February 23, 2019

Lloyd William “Bill” Neukranz of Plano, Texas, passed away February 23, 2019, at the age of 64.  He was born September 14, 1954, to Donald Neukranz and Nancy Virginia (Zeiss) Neukranz in Port Hueneme, California.  Bill grew up in Munster, Indiana, where he graduated from Munster High School in 1972.  He was a 1976 graduate from Purdue University receiving a Bachelor of Science in Engineering and received his Master of Business Administration from the University of Dallas in Irving, Texas.  He married Dee Wasson on July 15, 1989, in Dallas, Texas.  Bill worked for Texas Instruments for thirty years in various capacities including an engineer for Missile Defense Systems, IT Systems Manager, Semiconductor Financial Systems Manager, and Director of IT Support until his retirement in 2007.  He later worked as a consultant for a commercial LED lighting company, AEEI.  His hobbies included photography, automation, mountain climbing, bike riding, running, and participating in Triathlons.  Bill was a member of the Plano Sunrise Rotary Club where he held perfect attendance.  He served as a chairman for the Plano Parks and Recreation Board, Vice-Chair of Planning and Zoning Commission, Board of Adjustment Member, Collin County Parks Board Member and several appointed boards and commissions.  Bill was a member of Custer Road United Methodist Church in Plano, Texas.

He is survived by his wife, Dee Wasson Neukranz of Plano, Texas; sons, John Bradley Neukranz of Plano, Texas and Chris Cortland Neukranz also of Plano, Texas; parents, Donald Neukranz and wife, Joanie of Ventnor City, New Jersey and Nancy Kemp of Evanston, Illinois; brother, Tom Neukranz and wife, Nancy of Tiburon, California; sister, Laura Davis of Evanston, Illinois; several nieces and nephews; and a host of other loving family and friends.

A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, March 9, 2019 at Custer Road United Methodist Church, 6601 Custer Road, Plano, Texas.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation at or the American Cancer Society at

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My sympathy to the family. My uunderstanding is that Bill is eternally in good shape! Rick Bofinger, May 17, 2019 So sorry for your loss! He was a wonderful human being and will be greatly missed!
Dale Jones, March 11, 2019 God Bless, Bill and we know that he will become, involved with others, now that he is in Heaven. George & Brigitte Elking, March 9, 2019 We share in your sadness and send condolences for your loss as we take this time to reflect and remember Bill. It was through the Plano Sunrise Rotary Club that we had the honor to know Bill and his family. Bill was such a dedicated member that went above and beyond to do anything and everything he could to serve. His name was on every list of volunteers. Yet, he made his family a top priority; he took pride in being a loyal supportive husband to his wife Dee, and an always present heavily-involved proud father of their two sons, Chris and John. Our families got to know each other over the years through Rotary events, serving the Plano community on Thanksgiving Day at Poor Richard's and then decorating the floats and walking in the annual July 4th Plano Parade. Bill always had his camera around his neck, making sure to capture the events so that he could systematically document every memory on the Rotary Club website. He opened his home to all Rotarians, welcoming everyone and their family and friends to take part in creating the best floats and best costumes so that Plano Sunrise Rotary would win the parade awards. Bill's contribution to his community, his family, his faith, his career, and his country will not be forgotten. With Heartfelt Sympathy, The Huang Family - Paul, Eva, Rex, Ryan, Celeste Paul Huang, March 8, 2019 We are saddened to hear about your loss. Bill was truly a special man and we enjoyed all the days and nights we got to spend with him and your family in the hockey rinks. Our deepest condolences Dee, John & Chris. May you find peace in your own time . The Coffin Family, Greg, Anne Marie, Jamie & Scott Anne Marie Coffin, March 7, 2019 We were so surprised and saddened to hear this news. We truly enjoyed Bill as part of our hockey family. He always had a smile and was a true gentleman. Dee, Chris, and John, you are in our thoughts and prayers. John, Lynn, and David Kendall, March 5, 2019 Sending prayers of comfort to Dee, Chris, and family. So many of us enjoyed spending time around the rinks with Bill; he will truly be missed. I am so sorry for your loss. Don Lochabay, March 4, 2019 Stunned to hear this news. Bill was as outgoing as they come and passionate about everything he pursued. Loved getting to know him at Slapshot inline hockey and later on the ice rinks where he was always an encourager. Bryan Rogers, March 3, 2019 Bill was a fraternity brother at Purdue. He was such a nice guy, and as smart as a whip. I believe he was also an outstanding swimmer. Sincere condolences to his family. Patrick Booth, March 3, 2019 Dee, I was so shocked to learn about Bill. Our hearts go out to you and the boys. Was trying to remember how long ago we met you guys in the Sunday School Welcome Class at Custer Road United Methodist. We saw Bill at events in the technology community- like Bill, we had our beginnings at Texas Instruments-which is like a lifelong fraternity. Often times I would be leading events and he would always come find me after and say something complimentary. Never saw him at church or in the community anywhere where he didn’t have a smile and a good word for others. Such a good man who left this world better because he was in it. I can only imagine how blessed he felt to call you and the boys his family. Our deepest sympathy to each of you and all those who loved him.
Debbie Mrazek , March 3, 2019 Bill was always a great guy to work with. He connected with so many folks in a very positive way. Earth to earth. Phil malone, March 1, 2019 A good heart has stopped beating, a good soul ascended to heaven. I am honored to have known Bill. I will always remember his kind words, his positive attitude and his smile. Dee, may care and love of those around you provide comfort and peace. Our most sincere condolences to you and your family. Diana Kolb-Torres, February 28, 2019 So sad to hear about Lloyd's passing. He was a great guy and fun to be around at Munster High School. My husband even knew him and worked with him on the Purdue Student Court! Thoughts and prayers to his family. God Bless! Linda Chidester Shepard, February 27, 2019 I'm so sorry to hear about Lloyd's passing. We were in the same HS class and he was one of those guys who brightened up others with his outlook and enthusiasm. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.
Dennis Dietrich, February 27, 2019 Dee, sending our deepest sympathy to you and your family. We always remember stopping to talk to your husband on our walks when he was building your house. God will be holding your hand to comfort you along this difficult Journey. God Bless, Jenny & Gary
Jenny & Gary McCormick, February 27, 2019 The Jewell family enjoyed the time we spent with Bill in rinks around Dallas and are saddened to hear of Bill’s passing. He was passionate about his kid’s hockey and lives and was a great Dad and fellow parental rink rat who will be missed by all. Greg Jewell , February 27, 2019 Dear Dee and family, I am sad to hear about your loss, may you and your family find comfort remembering the good times you spent together, and smile thinking about them. God Bless you.
Alicia Kamien, February 27, 2019 Our sincere condolences go out to Bill’s family. We were shocked to see the announcement. Jerry Kezhaya , February 27, 2019 I am shocked and saddened by this terrible loss. I went to high school with Bill and was at Purdue when he was there. I send my deepest condolences. Jill Davidson , February 27, 2019 Have known Bill for a few years and got to know him both on and off the business field. Dee, again, Bill's legacy is not just his family, whom he spoke of continually, but also those he touched in business. He was one that befriended co-workers and generously shared his knowledge and wisdom so we could reach above what we thought was possible. I will always remember him making sure I was thorough with the details and safety. His teachings and knowledge will live on in people he shared his wealth of skills with. A man of faith in his Creator has moved into the place that Jesus has prepared for him. Tommy and Melanie Burt, February 26, 2019 So sorry for this news. I knew Bill since kindergarten and was at Purdue at the same time. Prayers are with your family. Bev Bond Mockford, February 26, 2019 So sad to see yet another classmate pass. We attended MHS together and graduated in 1972. It was always interesting hearing his stories about his experiences in Munster while growing up. Photos of the old neighborhood, etc. I have lost another good friend from my youth, he will be missed. RIP Dave Dvorscak, February 26, 2019 Prayers for your family. I am so sorry for your loss. Diane Weeks Deerberg. Munster High School 1972, February 26, 2019 I'm so very sad for Dee and their sons. May you be comforted in the memories of all the people he touched and had such a positive impact on. He was a wonderful guy. Pam Hamacher Weber, February 26, 2019 Lloyd was my neighbor, grade school to a high school classmate, and a true friend. I still remember the antics he would cause on the bus to high school. I am sorry for your loss of a loved one who was truly one of a kind. Larry Pochter, February 26, 2019 Bill was one of the first Rotarians I met when I joined Plano Sunrise Rotary. He always had a such a positive outlook. We shared an enthusiasm for renewable energy at the time and Bill not only had a passion but lived it as well. I'll miss him and am thankful for having been blessed to call him a friend.
Russel Head, February 26, 2019 I had the pleasure of knowing Bill for nineteen years as a member of the Plano Sunrise Rotary Club. Bill was one of the most genuine, personable and professional men I have met. He was the epitome of a Rotarian and always demonstrated "Service Above Self". Patrick Hite, February 26, 2019 Bill was given a plaque by the Plano Sunrise Rotary Club several weeks ago titled "Crusader for Community". In addition to being a solid family man and corporate citizen, he believed in his community and worked diligently over the years to keep it good and make it better, all done with a big heart. He was the epitome of a citizen volunteer for his city and his county. His many contributions will be lasting. Bill's dad was a LT in the Navy for a while, and Bill had considerable interest in things Navy. In that spirit, JoeAnn and I wish Bill and his family "fair winds and following seas."/Shep
shep stahel, February 26, 2019 I had the good fortune of working with Bill for a couple of years. He ALWAYS had a smile on his face. He will be missed. Jana Robertson, February 26, 2019 Bill was a vibrant person, always helping where needed, friend to all. He will be missed! Joe and Patti Cordina, February 26, 2019 I am so sorry for your loss. I served with Bill on Planning and Zoning. He was such a sweet, thoughtful man who loved his family so much. He talked about the kids a lot who are probably young adults now. He loved Plano and will be missed. Carolyn Kalchthaler, February 25, 2019