He was preceded in death by an infant son, Billy Jeb; his parents, Burt and Polly Cross; and father-in-law, Glen Hardy. A memorial has been established for a Western SD Buckaroo High School Rodeo Scholarship. Friday, October 6, 2017, at the Sturgis Community Center Theater.Bill never gave up the fight and kept the faith that he would "lick" this situation he was in. Visitation will be Thursday, October 5, from to p.m. Burial will follow at Bear Butte Cemetery in Sturgis. on September 23, 2017, at Mount Pisgah Cemetery, Gillette, WY, followed by A celebration of Bills life hosted at Primrose Retirement Community, 921 Mountain Meadow Lane, Gillette, Wyoming 82716 from p.m.
Bill started out working at Sturgis Livestock when he was in high school, as well as breaking and training horses, which he continued to do for his entire life-time.
After the family moved back to Sturgis, Bill ranched with his father and worked at Wheeler Lumber and Bridge in Whitewood, SD. In 1985, Bill opened up his welding and repair shop at the family home.
He was very proud to hold goats for his daughter or push a calf. Whenever something broke or needed repaired, he would think about it and figure it out.
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.