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William “Bill” Watkins

William H. “Bill” Watkins, age 66, of Huron, died suddenly Monday, July 14, 2008, at Huron Regional Medical Center from a massive heart attack. His funeral service was 10 AM Friday, July 18th, at the First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Donald Crippen officiating.  Burial was at Riverside Cemetery, Huron. A memorial fund is being established.

William H. Watkins was born May 26, 1942, at Des Moines, Iowa, to Joseph William and Norma (Anderson) Watkins. They lived in several communities, including Watertown and Milbank, SD.  Bill served overseas on the USS Matthews in the U.S. Navy. 

Bill married Joyce Storm at Milbank on October 23, 1965, and moved to Huron. He spent his life in sales and management, first with Terrace Park Dairy and then as an independent insurance agent for nearly 30 years.  In 1991, he opened their family business Formal Expressions, a bridal boutique, limousine service, and tanning salon.  They also owned Island Tan, which later merged with Formal Expressions.  The formal wear and tanning business was sold in 2001, and later joined the Cell One (Alltell) team for three years.  Bill loved to be “your driver” as he continued the limousine service and in November 2006, he and Joyce opened Black Tie Tuxedo and Limousines at 160 Dakota Ave. S. 

Bill told all his customers he would travel to any destination for any special occasion.  His grandsons had the pleasure of traveling in 32 states with their grandpa, and this last week returned from a Florida trip in a convertible with him. His other pride and joy was his “buckskin tan” ’56 Ford. 

For many years Bill was an avid singles and doubles trap shooter from the 27-yard line, owning Huron Gun Club.  A life member of the American Trapshooting Association, he earned many championship titles and had served as state president.  He was a league bowler for Terrace Park and had great pride bowling on the junior-adult league with his daughters.  He pulled his ball out again last season to live up to the bowling challenge from his grandsons.  His hole-in-one at Memorial Golf Course on April 2, 2004, was his golfing highlight.

He was a member of the First United Methodist Church. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, and his brother David in 2001.

He is survived by his wife, Joyce; two daughters, Jodi (Todd) Even, and Christina (Dan) Jackson, all of Huron; three grandsons, Jaden, Tristen and Tarran Even, and baby Jackson; four foreign exchange students, Lianne VanOudenallen, Holland, Christa Blomquist, Finland, Esther Lopez, Spain and Marie Hultin, Sweden; his uncle, John Wall, Jr, of Watertown; his aunt Martha Brummett, of Phoenix, AZ; his mother-in-law Marian Storm, of Milbank; his sister-in-law Kathy Watkins, of Sioux Falls; his brother-in-law Warren (Ellen) Storm of Huron; his nieces and nephews, Jeff (Sheena) Watkins, of Renner, Michelle (Chad) Moller, of Sioux Falls, Philip (Rebekah) Storm, of Huron, Christopher (Monica) Storm, of Sioux City, IA, and Angela Storm, of Sioux Falls, together with cousins and great nieces and nephews.

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