William “Bill” Joseph Breckner, 59, of Scottsdale, AZ passed away peacefully on July 19, 2022 in Phoenix, AZ. Bill was born September 4, 1962 in Omaha, NE to Ronald and Judy Breckner. He spent most of his youth in Burnsville, MN with siblings: Jane, Paul and Bob. After graduating from Burnsville High School in 1980, he attended Mankato State University. In the summer of 1982, at the age of 19, Bill had a diving accident that would forever change his life and that of his family. The diving injury resulted in severe paralysis, but Bill fought hard not to let his injury limit how he was going to live his life. Bill then graduated from MSU and started working in the MN branch of the family business, Data Sales, before moving to Scottsdale, AZ. It was in Arizona that Bill and his wife of 25 years, Jill Breckner, built their life together. Bill ran the Arizona branch of the family business and Jill ran their Lazy B ranch, including caring for their dogs and horses. Bill rarely missed a day of work; he enjoyed interacting with his colleagues and clients. Bill’s sense of humor was appreciated by all who knew him. He enjoyed spending time with his family, and they, in turn, appreciated his quick wit and infectious smile. Bill’s unwavering dedication to living life to the fullest went far beyond his love of work and family. Bill never complained or focused on his disability, instead he looked at all the things he could do and enjoy. Bill’s attitude and perseverance in the face of so many challenges was an inspiration to all who met him. He will be sadly missed by his wife Jill, his mother, Judy Breckner, and his siblings Jane Pederson, Paul (Sue) Breckner and Bob (Betsy) Breckner. With all his nephews and nieces: MaryJane Pederson, Grant Pederson, Karl Pederson, Jack (Jamie) Breckner, Nick (Katie) Breckner, Ross (Emily), Lily Breckner, Kevin Breckner, Marie Breckner, Natalie Breckner, Amy Breckner, Logan Reed , Mandy (Matt) Rademacher, Katherine (Justin) Perry, Cody Dorn and great-nephews and nieces. A memorial service will be held July 28 at 2 p.m. at Messinger’s Mortuary on Pinnacle Peak Road, Scottsdale, AZ, followed by a rally. https://www.messingermortuary.com/pinnacle-peak-mortuary In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Whispering Hope Ranch, an AZ horse camp for children with disabilities. https://whisperinghoperanch.org/donate/ A Celebration of Life will be held Sunday, August 21 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Crystal Lake Golf Course, Burnsville, MN. https://crystallakegolfcourse.com/
Posted July 22, 2022
Posted in The Arizona Republic
celebration of life
Crystal Lake Golf Course, Burnsville, MN
August 21, 2022 at 1:00 p.m.
Messinger’s Mortuary on Pinnacle Peak Road, Scottsdale, AZ
August 28, 2022 at 2:00 p.m.