William Thomas Kribell
William Thomas “Bill” Kribell of Rapid City, South Dakota passed away suddenly on March 31, 2019 at St. Anthony’s Hospital in Lakewood, Colorado.
Bill was born in Yankton, South Dakota on May 30, 1949 to Joseph and Mildred Kribell. He spent his youth on the family farms in Beresford, South Dakota and Ramona, South Dakota until moving to Simi Valley, California where he graduated from Royal High School in Simi Valley, California in 1967. Soon after graduation, Bill joined the United States Air Force as a Loadmaster on C-130s and served several tours in Vietnam before receiving an honorable discharge in 1972.
Bill was united in marriage to Gail Peterson on June 14, 1969 and to this union their only daughter Christine was born.
Bill was a truck driver all his life, first milk trucks in California, then transporting mobile homes for 20 years in South Dakota, moving oil rigs from Wyoming, Texas and Colorado to and from the oil fields in North Dakota and recently delivering liquid fertilizer to farms in Canada and the United States. This year he was lucky enough to drive the team bus for the Rapid City Rush hockey team and that was one of his favorite stories.
Bill was an avid and enthusiastic fan of the Rapid City Rush and become one of their biggest fans and season ticket holder. He often brought the players, coaches and office staff donuts and he was affectionately known as “Bill, the donut man”.
Survivors include his daughter Chris (Rocky) Coyle of Philip and their children, William of Madison, South Dakota, Molly of Rapid City, and Karlie of Philip. He is also survived by his brothers Dave (Jan) Kribell of Centralia, Washington, and Doug Kribell of Lead, South Dakota, and his sisters JoAnne Stackhouse of Lead, South Dakota and Kathy Stewart of Lead, South Dakota; a special sister-in-law Diane (Dick) Hansen of Simi Valley , California; and special friend Terrie Wobig of Rapid City, SD. He is also survived by a host of other relatives and friends.
Bill was preceded in death by his wife Gail on February 1, 2017; his parents and his brother-in-law Richard Stewart.
Services with full military honors were held on April 15, 2019 at Black Hills National Cemetery where he was interred with his beloved wife, Gail.