William Weil

William Weil

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William Weil, 75, of Billings, passed away on Oct. 26, 2004, at his home, surrounded by his family. He was born at Hesper on Nov. 5, 1928, to John and Lydia Weil.

Bill attended Elysian School and Senior High. While in high school, he was active in football, a sport he enjoyed greatly. After school, he went to work for his father, farming west of Billings. He continued to farm and run a dairy until his retirement in 1996.

In 1951, Bill married Joyce Marie Bohl. They had three children: Brenda, Sandra and William Philip. The two were later divorced. Years later, he married Alice Cuellar; their relationship ended after 14 years.

Dancing to western music was something Bill enjoyed. In the summer of 1995, Bill met Madelene Schodt. She would become the love of his life. That was the start of a wonderful relationship full of laughter, dancing and traveling in their motor home. The two went south to Arizona and Texas for the last eight winters.

Bill was a brilliant handyman. He took pride in his garden and enjoyed canning his bountiful harvest. Above all, he was a great friend and was always willing to help out or lend a hand in any situation.

Bill is survived by his soul mate, Madelene Schodt of Billings; daughters, Brenda Brewington of Billings and Sandra Cornellier of Atlantic Beach, Fla.; three grandchildren, Jason Brewington, Misty Patterson and Cody Sampson; two great-grandchildren, Karlynne Marie and Amber Nicole; brothers, Elmer of Billings, Walt of Missoula and Ervin of Billings; and sisters, Marion Rudio of Laurel and Betty Frank of California.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son, William P. Weil; brothers, Bob, Ruben and Adolph; and sister, Marjorie.

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30, at Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary. Inurnment will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Memorials may be made in Bill's name to Big Sky Hospice, PO Box 35033, Billings, MT 59107-5033, or the charity of one's choice.

"Time To Pass It On"

He stands upon a windswept ridge

and looks out at the land.

He thinks of years of sweat and tears

while he rubs a calloused hand.

This place has been his life,

for seventy some years gone.

He's thinking now,

he knows somehow

it's time to pass it on.

He smiles at the setting sun

turns and walks along.

He's done his best,

he's earned his rest,

it's time to pass it on.

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