William F. “Bill” Truchan, 80, Killdeer, died Sunday, October 8, 2017 at Westminster, Colorado. Bill’s funeral service will be at 10 a.m., Thursday, October 19, 2017 at Redeemer Lutheran Church, Dickinson, with Rev. Michael Wolters officiating. Inurnment will follow at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, Mandan. Military Honors will be provided by Dickinson American Legion Post 3 Honor Guard. Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the church on Thursday.
Bill was born in Dunn County, North Dakota on December 28, 1936. Bill spent his childhood on a farm just west of Killdeer and attended Killdeer High School. He enlisted in the United States Air Force and served four years, as an aircraft mechanic and then Wing Chief for B-36 Bombers. After his service, he attended the North Dakota State School of Science in Wahpeton and studied mechanics. His aptitude for mechanics was widely appreciated and much used by his family and friends over the years. Bill worked briefly as a mechanic, but spent most of his career in sales, later owning and operating B&B Rental in Dickinson. Bill and Bev moved just west of Killdeer in 2005, and spent the winter months in Mesa, Ariz. for the past 18 years.
Bill was an avid fisherman and enjoyed boating and camping. Although he couldn’t swim, he was always ready to water ski or teach his children and grandchildren to ski. He enjoyed horseshoe and billiards and a good game of cards. He continued to do these hobbies throughout his life. All of Bill’s friends and family will remember him for his adventurous spirit, his positive outlook, and his love and dedication to his family.
He is survived by his wife of forty years, Beverly (Braasch) Truchan; his former spouse and mother of his children, Stella Truchan; his sons, Wayne (Maria) Truchan, William D. (Barbara) Truchan, David T. (Kimberly) Truchan; his daughter, Sharon R. (R. Kelly) Ozzello; step-daughters Barbara Robinson, Geri Robinson, Tracy Robinson, and Sandra (Doug Cazier) Robinson; five grandchildren; six step-grandchildren and seven step-great-grandchildren; his sister, Arlene Chapinski; and his brother, Manley (Linda) Truchan. He is preceded in death by his parents, William and Angeline Truchan; and his sister, Pauline Jetton.
Arrangements are with Ladbury Funeral Service, Dickinson, www.ladburyfuneralservice.com