William Ruml

Rapid City

William Dean “Will Bill” Ruml, 70,  passed away March 31, 2016.
WILD BILL obit 38    Services were under the direction of Oscheim & Schmidt Funeral Home with the Memorial Riders Motorcycle Club leading the procession to the Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis with full military honors. A Celebration of Life and lunch was held at the Eagles Club with many family and friends.
Bill was born Sept. 30, 1946, to Matilda (Meier) and Richard Ruml in Mitchell. He grew up on the family farm near Letcher. He graduated from Letcher High School in 1965 and joined the US Navy. He was a jet mechanic aboard the U.S.S. Kitty Hawk during the Vietnam War. He was honorably discharged in 1969.
Bill worked construction and met the love of his life, Patti Johnson, while working near Platte. They were married in 1974 and moved to Rapid City, where they started their family. Bill loved construction work and was well known and respected in the industry. He enjoyed teaching the younger guys and worked hard, long hours to meet a deadline. Bill was a great friend to all who knew him; he was very generous with his heart, time and money. He loved the outdoors, Western books, fishing, country music, his dogs and his family.
Bill is survived by his wife Patti; sons, Heath and Shane; daughter, Angel (Nick) Hix; seven grandchildren, all of Rapid City; his brothers, Ron (Sandi) Ruml of Letcher,  Donnie Ruml of Watertown,  Ken (Connie) Ruml of Howard;  sisters, Karen Severson of Aberdeen and Elaine Knutson of Letcher; many nieces and nephews, and his dog, Bubba.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother, Richard Ruml Jr.

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