If there was a problem, Bill always tried to handle it.He was a member of the Sturgis Rodeo Booster Club from 1984-1994, and was a State Director of the High School Rodeo Association from 1984-1995. His nieces and nephews couldn't get enough of Uncle Bill, no matter how gruff they thought he was.Bill served on the board of directors for almost two decades, with a term as president of the organization.Bill was a true Buckaroo, an old cowboy soul born over a century too late.Through their kids in high school rodeos and 4-H rodeos, they got to go to many places and meet many people that became life-long friends. He may look tough on the outside, but he had a huge, soft heart.Everyone remembers his big smile, twinkling eyes, and unforgettable laugh and how he could sit and tell stories for hours. He loved the land and hunting, team roping on Nose, playing guitar, and dancing the night away with his favorite partner, Sally.For the last 22 years, Bill and his son, Clay, have been running CMW/Equi Racks. He and his beautiful bride celebrated 50 years of marriage on July 29, 2017.
He was able to figure out problems from household to machinery, to ranching, to kids.
The newlyweds moved to Stoneville, SD, where Bill worked for his father.
Then the young couple moved to work at the 2 Rivers Ranch before moving back to Stoneville.
He enjoyed Dutch oven cooking, although he never did master the cleaning aspect of that.
Bill loved horses and had a way with them like no other.
Bill then attended school in Sturgis where he met his high school sweetheart, Sally Hardy.