William M Knickerbocker, affectionately known as Bill, passed away on December 5, 2023, at his residence in Gillette, with his loving family close at his side. He was born on September 6, 1942, in Meadville, PA to William and Margaret Knickerbocker, one of three children. Bill was a man of many accomplishments and lived a life filled with hard work and dedication.
Bill's career began humbly as a "worm" in the oil fields of Wyoming. Through perseverance and determination, he worked his way up the derrick until he eventually became a supervisor. His climb up the professional ladder serves as an inspiration to all those who knew him.
Before embarking on his career path, Bill proudly served in the Air Force. After graduating high school, he enlisted and served from 1961 to 1965. During his service, Bill was trained in teletype and cryptograph repair in Wichita Falls, TX. He was later stationed at Dover AFB in Delaware and also served at Rhine Maine AFB. Bill's commitment to serving his country exemplified his strong sense of duty and honor.
Beyond work and military service, Bill had a wide range of hobbies and interests that brought him joy throughout his life. He had a passion for water skiing, finding solace and excitement while gliding across the water. Bill always found fulfillment through hard work and was never dissuaded by the demands of his career, so "work" was as much of a hobby as his other pursuits. Camping allowed him to connect with nature and enjoy the beauty of the great outdoors, and Bill's love for lively social parties brought out the fun-loving spirit he will always be remembered for.
On a personal note, Bill was known for being dedicated to his family. He is survived by his loving spouse Linda Knickerbocker; their children, Bill [Shawn] Knickerbocker of Casper, WY; Miki [Chris] Nannemann; Carrie Knickerbocker; his brothers Stanley [Sandra] Lawrence and David Knickerbocker; Kathleen Baker; and a cherished Aunt, Nellie Knickerbocker. Bill also leaves behind a legacy through his grandchildren: Breanna Rush, Jamie (Conor) Strait, Chandler Nannemann, and Marli Nannemann. He was additionally blessed with great-grandchildren Kymber Rush, Parker Strait, and Aubraeny Knickerbocker Kent. Bill's extended family of nieces, nephews, and cousins further enriched his life.
Bill's passing comes after a difficult health battle. Despite the challenges he faced, he remained resilient and courageous throughout his journey. His strength continues to inspire those who were fortunate enough to know him.
William M Knickerbocker will be remembered as a dedicated individual who personified hard work, resilience, and love for his family. His impact on the lives he touched will never be forgotten. May his soul rest in peace, knowing that he lived a life worth celebrating. A service to commemorate his life will be announced at a later date.
Condolences may be expressed at gillettememorialchapel.com, and memorial contributions may be made in Bill's name and sent to Gillette Memorial Chapel, 210 W. 5th St, Gillette, WY, 82716.