William Dale Wittman “Billy” succumbed to his battle with cancer on Monday, March 9 surrounded by his grandson, daughters, mother and son-in-law that thought the world of him. Never one to be conventional, Pink Floyd sent Billy off in style. While Billy may have left us far too soon the memories made with him in his 63 years of life will last forever.
Billy was born in Billings on June 19, 1956. He was the oldest child to William Alfred Wittman and Jeanette J. Wittman. He graduated from Billings Senior High School in 1974 (GO BRONCS)! It was at Senior High that he met his wife and the mother of his children, Sherene Wittman. Upon graduation he joined the United States Army where he served in Germany as well as stateside.
After his honorable discharge Billy began what he self described as “living my best life” on his terms and with no regrets. All of his free time was spent with his daughters and grandchildren and many close friends at the Rainbow and Tap Inn. Billy loved the Broncos, Mustangs and A’s and often attended games with his children and grandchildren. It would be a rare occurrence not to see Billy at a Mustangs game enjoying a Snowie or cheering on the Broncos in Denver. When not attending a sporting event Billy was sure to be traveling with one of his daughters and their children.
Billy is survived by his mother, Jeanette J. Wittman, his two brothers Randy and Mark and his daughters and their families: Shandah (David) Barker and their daughter Zoey of Wise Virginia, Mirrandah (Chris) Ball and their children Nace, Grace and Stella of North Bend, Oregon and Ariane (Jeremy) Taylen and their children Boomer and Payten of Billings as well as his best friend and first wife, Sherene and his second wife Ginger both of Billings. It would only be fitting to mention his greatest gift to the Taylen household, Onery his grandpup who adored him to the end. Dear friends Irene, Matt, Dick, Cheri, Guy and Rick as well as numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Friends and in-laws Susie and John Taylen made sure Billy wanted for nothing and often accompanied him to his treatments. Billy’s family cannot thank Billy’s friends enough for always being there for him.
Billy is preceded in death by his grandparents David and Amy Wittman as well as John and Maria Vashler. He is also preceded in death by his father, William and his best friend Larry Stands. Waiting with a wagging tail and ball is his companion pooch, Sir Cigar.
With the recent restrictions on gatherings the family will be meeting with close friends to set Billy free on March 29, 2020 and a Celebration of Life will take place from 1-5 P.M. on July 12 at the Moose Lodge. There will be a no-host bar, and food will be provided.