Bill Schilling dies
Bill Jay (Billy Jay) Schilling, 69, was born Sept. 21, 1943, in Bremerton, Wash., and passed away on June 14, 2013, in Billings, Mont.
Bill grew up in the Akaska and Mobridge area. He attended school in Selby and Mobridge and later at a trade school in Aberdeen for auto mechanics.
He worked in many fields before starting his painting business in 1972, including farm work, custom harvesting, oil rigs, a pizza place, masonry, auto mechanics and coal mining. During his time as a painter he painted government houses, buildings, private homes and industrial buildings all over Montana, South Dakota, North Dakota and Washington.
In 1966 he met his “better half,” Mercedes (Marcy) Haux Schilling, through mutual friends. They were married on April 18, 1970, during a spring South Dakota snowstorm, with a John Deere tractor put-putting behind the church. Bill loved to dance and Marcy taught him how to waltz and polka.
They made their first home in Gettysburg. They later moved to Pollock, Mobridge, Hanna, Wyo., and finally to Billings, Mont. Many years he would go home to South Dakota from April to November and stay at the family farm near Java. He would find painting jobs in the area and keep the weeds down and buildings painted at the house.
Bill’s favorite pastime was fishing of any kind, but especially walleye fishing on the Oahe Reservoir near Mobridge.
He was an assistant Cub Scout and Boy Scout leader with Troop 10, where his two sons and grandson were members. He could be found helping drive the troop bus going to summer camp to weekend outings. He helped work on the K-M Boy Scout Camp near Lewistown, Mont. He was awarded the Silver Beaver Award and was very proud of it.
Dogs seemed to take to Bill and he always had a buddy by his side. He loved motorcycles and had purchased a 750 Kawasaki and later a Victory Kingpin so he could ride in the countryside.
As a member of American Lutheran Church, he would drive the church van to pick up members who could no longer drive themselves to services. He also sang in the contemporary choir.
Bill is survived by his wife of 43 years, Marcy; their children, Shawn, Wilson (Mandy) Schilling and Malinda (Jason) Rickman, all of Billings; his grandchildren, Tanner, Alyssa, Austin, Connor and Cameron Schilling, Bayleigh Jones, Tyler (Amara), Ashley, Alisha and Trae Rickman; his mother, Ruth Holsten; sister, Bonnie (Jeff) Fischer of Aberdeen; brother Milo (Melanie) Holsten of Apple Valley, Minn.; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, step-brothers and step-sisters.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, June 22, at 3 p.m. at American Lutheran Church in Billings with a reception immediately following. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to American Lutheran Church or Boys Scouts of American Troop 10 in Billings.