William J. Waldner, Sr., age 50, of Huron, died Thursday, March 19, 2009, at his home. His memorial service was at 2:00 PM, Wednesday, March 25th at the Grace Episcopal Church with the Rev. George Parmeter officiating. Burial was in the Greenlawn Cemetery in Redfield.
William John Waldner, Sr., was born March 6, 1959, to Solomon and Mary K. (Smith) Waldner at Huron. He attended Redfield High School and graduated from there in 1977.
On March 21, 1977, Bill married Julie Wolf. Bill attended vocational school in Glasgow, Montana, to become a mechanic. Bill and Julie then moved back to Huron in 1978. Bill worked at Eastside Service from 1979 to 1989. He owned and operated his own mechanic shop for several years in Huron. Bill then worked at Eastside One Stop convenience store until 2002, when he had to retire for health reasons.
As a hobby, Bill rebuilt classic corvettes for Dr. George Nicholas and attended many corvette rallies in the Black Hills.
Bill loved to ride motorcycles with his friends and family. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren. He had an interest in computers and spent a lot of time making music CDs for others. His interests included collecting Star Wars, Star Trek and other sci-fi memorabilia and collectibles.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents; his father, Solomon; one grandson, Antonio Waldner; and three brothers, Dave, Joe and Jon Waldner.
Grateful for having shared in his life are his wife, Julie Waldner of Huron; his mother, Mary Kay Waldner and her special friend Delbert Stoltz of Redfield; three children, Bill Jr. and his wife, Ramy Waldner of Pierre, Melissa Waldner and her special friend Richard Carey of Aberdeen, Sarah and her husband, James Gascoigne of Huron; seven grandchildren, Tyler Waldner, Michelle Waldner, Joseph Carey, Harley Gascoigne, Richard Carey III, Kyle Carey and Amanda Carey; and two brothers and their wives, Roger and Dawn Waldner of Redfield and Bob and Kim Waldner of Missouri.