Willie is survived by his wife, Venoy; children, Angela & Dalyn Mc Cann, Peder, Julianna, and Laura; grandchildren, Dalton & Ashley, Jesse Bill, and Alexis; great grand-daughter, Isabella Rose Mc Cann; sisters, Mildred Peterson, Agnes Steinbach, Bertha Nelson, and Delores Coffield; brother, Robert and Norma Tenold; brother-in-law, Phil Hulse; Venoys brothers and sisters; and nieces and nephews too numerous to mention in this small space.
They moved back to Groton, SD, where he worked on the family farm until 1974, when he enrolled in the Denver Automotive and Diesel School studying diesel mechanics. He spent many hours working with his children and grandchildren sharing his skills and knowledge.
After completing his degree, he returned to SD and worked as construction and feedlot foreman for Delzer Construction in Spearfish. He was completely devoted to his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
Sonny Nation, Karen Brown, and Marilyn Parfrey became good friends in the years he spent at the Tatanka Plaza, sharing stories and when needed, encouragement.
Willie always loved a good story and a hearty laugh.
Special modifications allowed Willie to use the telephone and computer unassisted.
In 2001, Willie started working in Buffalo for his daughter, Angela, answering phones and keeping everyone on task.Benning, GA, Trevor Bartunek, Phoenix, AZ, Austin Bartunek, Rapid City, SD, and Autumn and Ainsley Kurtz, Chamberlain, SD; great-grandchildren, Jerika, Keaton, and Tavin Gohman, and Lexi, Leigh, Drew, and Dawson Long; sisters and brothers, Karon Kurtz and Duane Kurtz of Aberdeen, SD, Shirley Simon, Yuma, AZ, Lois (Victor) Schwahn, San Jacinto, CA, Connie Olson, Rapid City, SD, and Dennis (Sue) Kurtz, Claremore, OK; one aunt, Abbie Jensen, Spearfish, SD; and numerous nieces and nephews across the country.He is preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Myrtle.He joined the United States Air Force after high school and served as a flight crewman for medical evacuations during the Vietnam War.While stationed at Mc Cord AFB in Tacoma, WA, he met the love of his life, Joyce, and they spent 49 years in marriage until his death. In addition to over the road trucking, he loved to help family and friends doing any projects and building things.Services will be held Friday, February 9, 2018, at a.m.