William Clarence Vassau passed over the great divide Nov. 29, 2017.
In death, as in life, Wild Will put up one helluva fight. Willie came onto this sphere on Aug. 12, 1927. He was born to Jessie Roman Nose Spang and Howard D. Vassau. Willie was raised on the Flying X Ranch and learned to cowboy from the get go. He was a natural horseman and ending up breaking many of the horses on the ranch. Long hours in the saddle and hard work were a way of life. In 1934, Howard remarried and Georgie Martinek Vassau took over the role of mothering Willie.
Willie attended school in Forsyth, until he entered the US Army. Army life suited Willie just fine. He served in the European Theater in France and Germany. His years in the military set the pace for the rest of his life.
Willie married Jerry Levi in September of 1949. They had four children; Susan, Billie Kay, Frank, and Jasper (David). When the kids were young he cowboyed on the Flying X until Susan started school. At that time he started his business, Vassau Roofing and Painting, and moved the family to into Forsyth. This was the beginning of the Quonset Hut era.
In 1965, Willie married Ann Childers. They were quite the pair, to say the least. In the early 70's, Willie moved to Lame Deer and worked for Indian Health Service as a maintenance man. He continued with his roofing business, made a camp out on Logging Creek, and enjoyed life as Will Bill, the bull riding, saddle bronc riding, cowboy Indian.
Willie was a good looker, a charmer for sure, and always ready to have a good time. His love of life was exacerbated by his no limits, no fear attitude. He was generous, always an advocate for the underdog.
Willie spent the last 16 years with his friend, June Loshe, in Dayton, Wyoming.
Willie was preceded in death by his mother Jessie, father H.D., brothers Lyman Spang and Joe Vassau, sister Regina Spang Whiteman, his ex wives Jerry and Ann, and one great granchild, Monty Richardson. He is survived by his children, Susan Tall Bull, Billie Kay Vassau, Frank, and Jasper. Willie had 10 grandkids, 13 great-grandkids, and one great-grandchild.
Funeral service will be in Lame Deer , Wednesday, Dec. 6, 10 a.m., Smith Funeral Chapel, is in charge of the service.