William Jerome “Bill” Greiner passed away on August 20th at the age of 68 after a long battle with cancer. Bill was born in Pierre, SD to parents William Milton and Leila Lucille (Church) Greiner and was the second of four children.
Bill grew up in Murdo, SD, and attended his later high school years at a Catholic military school in Minnesota. During his senior year of high school, he left the US to proudly serve his country in the Army during the Vietnam War where he performed his duties as a jet mechanic (1967-68). Shortly after his return to the states, he met his person. Bill married Terry Anne Stark on January 12, 1973, and celebrated his 45th wedding anniversary with her earlier this year. Bill and Terry were blessed with three daughters, Shelly, Christy, and Amanda.
Bill was always a man with a mission. He was not known to be idle and from an early age, found a lot of joy in building and creating, a hobby that would carry through the end of his days. As a young man, he loved working on cars, and making them race-ready for the weekends. Bill also spent some time flying small airplanes, a favorite pastime with a lifelong friend. He spent part of his career as a carpenter, building everything from cabinets to houses. Throughout his life, he built on a reputation for knowledge in a vast array of fields that he was always more than willing to share with others. He was well-known for being willing to lend a helping hand in the communities he resided in. Bill attended Western Vo-Tech in Mitchell, SD in his early 40s to explore a career as an electrical lineman, becoming fondly known as "dad" to the younger guys at school. After graduation, he landed a job at West River Electric in Wall, bringing the family to town in 1992. Bill remained at West River until his retirement in 2013. It didn’t take long for retirement to bore him, and Bill began working as a general handyman for a local businessman.
Bill enjoyed spending time with Terry, riding their motorcycles all over the country and traversing the beautiful 4-wheeling trails of the Black Hills. He spent a lot of time reading, and battling his family in intense Scrabble matches. Bill also spent most of his life hunting the vast prairies of South Dakota. He continued building, crafting, and fabricating things for his own use as well as developing creative feats of his own mechanical engineering for others. His three daughters kept him busy with their athletic and musical endeavors, and he devoted a great deal of time to his children, passing on many of his talents.
Bill is survived by his wife, Terry of Wall; three daughters, Shelly Stanley of Pierre, SD, Christy Guerra of Oklahoma City, OK, and Amanda Brodnax (Billy) of Highlands Ranch, CO; six grandchildren, Alexis and Julian Guild and Sasha and Jaxon Stanley (Shelly), Dylan Jordan (Christy), and Annelise Twist (Amanda); one brother, Robert Greiner of Reno, NV; numerous brothers and sisters-in-law; nieces and nephews; as well as numerous special friends made through the years.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister, Wendy (Greiner) Ryno, and his brother, Charles Greiner.
Memorial Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, August 24th, at the Wall United Methodist Church, followed by a Celebration of Life in the church basement. A private burial with military honors, will be held at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.
Condolences may be conveyed to the family through the Rush Funeral Home website at www.rushfuneralhome.com Memorial Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, August 24th, at the Wall United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Patti Aurand officiating. A Celebration of Life will follow in the church basement.
A private burial with military honors, will be held at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.
Arrangements are with Rush Funeral Home of Wall.