Bill’s valiant battle with cancer came to an end on March 14, 2023.
Born to Elmer (Curly) and Hazel (Hutchins) Wood on May 16, 1952, in Dillon, MT, Bill lived in Wisdom during his early years. After a short time living in the Anaconda area, he moved to Deer Lodge where he lived much of his life with his mom and stepdad, Frank Turner.
In 1973 Bill went to work for the Deer Lodge Police Department and served as Chief of Police from 1977 to 1992. He then worked at the State of Montana as an investigator for the Department of Justice and the Department of Labor until he retired in 2016. Bill also served as a reserve deputy for the Yellowstone and Powell County Sheriff’s Offices.
Bill married Jarita Barnett (Neckels) in 1974, and together they had two children, daughter Hilary and son Ben.
He married his wife Sheryl in 1995, and together they raised children Mathew and Stephanie, along with Ben and Hilary.
Bill loved everything about Montana’s outdoors and spent all the time he could enjoying its splendors through hunting, fishing, backpacking, ice fishing and snowmobiling. He had many amazing adventures with his friends since grade school, Mike Steber, Gary Newlon, Foster Walsted, and David Roberts. His other hobbies included ultrarunning with Amber Carpenter and Brandie Kittle and weightlifting with “Super Dave” Nolan.
Bill is survived by his loving wife Sheryl and four children, Hilary McCall (Tommy White) of Woodburn, IA; Ben (Stacey) Wood of Ferndale, WA; Mathew (Ewa) Adams of Wellington, NZ, and Stephanie (Brian) Ricks of East Helena, MT. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Jace and Reagan Wood, Kylee McCall, and Brycen, Bridger, and Brielle Ricks.
He was preceded in death by his mother, father, stepfather, brother Frank Thompson and granddaughter Teagan Ricks.
Cremation has taken place. A celebration of Bill’s life will be held on Thursday, June 15, 2023, from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. at the Deer Lodge Elks, 230 Main Street, Deer Lodge, MT.
A private family interment will take place immediately following at the Hillcrest Cemetery in Deer Lodge.