Bill was born in Grand Island. Bill is a 2nd generation funeral director from Palmer, NE. He attended Kearney State College and graduated from the Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science in 1976. He and his wife Darby moved to St. Paul in August 1989.
He became a partner of Jacobsen-Greenway Funeral Home in 2000, becoming sole owner in 2005.
He and his wife Darby reside in St. Paul and have three grown children; Ashley and her husband, Jeff of Phoenix, Alex and his wife, Liz, of Lincoln and Austin and his wife Tracy of North Pole, Alaska and six grandchildren.
Bill is a member of the United Methodist Church of St. Paul, St. Paul Rotary Club, Nebraska Funeral Directors Association, and National Funeral Directors Association.
On January 1, 2019, Bill and Darby sold the business to Tracey and Dirk Dietz. Bill still remains active at the funeral home, but is also enjoying being retired.