William “Bill” Likewise, 76, of Gillette, died on October 11, 2020, of natural causes with his children at his side. Bill was born February 2, 1944, to Henry (Hank) and Violet (Olsen) Likewise. Born and raised in Gillette, WY, Bill spent his working years following his honorable discharge from the US Army as an auto body repair man for Stockmen’s Motor Company, Hillcrest Auto Body, and Sunshine Custom Paint and Auto.
Bill and his family started in karate as an activity they could enjoy together, and he eventually earned black belts in two different styles. He loved the mountains and took the family up in the Big Horns every summer to go camping, ride dirt bikes, target shoot, and gather firewood.
He was an exceptional craftsman, often creating the tools he needed to perform specific tasks. Bill used his woodworking, metal crafting, and welding skills to make useful and decorative items for friends and family.
Bill had a love for classic cars and restored a 1968 Ford Galaxy and a 1973 Datsun 240z. He also enjoyed riding his various Harley Davidson motorcycles (including a 1972 Electra Glide that he custom painted) and took many long-distance trips over the years.
Bill would often tell stories of his time in the Army, and some of the outrageous things he’d done, including driving a push button transmission Chrysler (that was stuck in reverse) backwards across El Paso, TX back to the base after a night out with friends. A natural tease, he always brought a smile to those around him. Even after he retired, he still enjoyed going back in to work to ‘shoot the bull’ with his coworkers.
In his spare time, Bill enjoyed working word scramble puzzles, Sudoku puzzles, reading, watching movies, and visiting with friends.
Bill is survived by his son, Brian (Sherilyn) Likewise of Gillette; daughter, Billie (Don) Harvey of Hudson, WI; brothers, Bob (Ann) Likewise of Nampa, ID and Larry (Dee) Likewise of Gillette; grandsons, Joey and Jon Likewise of Hudson, WI and Chris (Jackie) Likewise of Gillette; granddaughter, Amanda Likewise of Phoenix, AZ; and great-grandsons Donaven and Levi.
A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, October 17, 2020 at Living Rock Church with Pastor Mark Stevens officiating; inurnment to follow at Mt. Pisgah Cemetery.
Memorials and condolence may be sent in care of Gillette Memorial Chapel 210 West 5th Street, Gillette, WY 82716. Condolences may also be expressed at www.gillettememorialchapel.com.