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William "Bill" Read

Obituary of William "Bill" Read

William Ben "Bill" Read, December 31, 1953- March 23, 2015

Bill was the youngest of four children, he was born to Karl and Clara Read in raton, New Mexico. He was preceded in death by his father, Karl in April 1977, his mother Clara in February 2004, his brother Tom in July 1983 and his sister-in-law Judy in March 1980.

He is survived by his sister, Charlotte Cunningham (John) of Alamogordo, New Mexico, brother, George (Joann) Read, of Crawford, Nebraska and sister-in-law Judith (Rich) Broyles, Westminster, Colorado. Additionally, he leaves behind seven nieces, Charlene, LaDonna, Carolyn, Colleen, Jennifer, Janelle and Stephanie as well as four nephews Wayne, Tim, John and Justin.

Bill was diagnosed with bone cancer in July and in spite of the best efforts of medical personnel and Bill's courageous battle, he succumbed to the disease early on the morning of March 23, with his sister Charlotte and nephews John cunningham and Wayne Read at his side.

In 1972, bill graduated from West Grand High School. He is well remembered as an outstanding football player having made the all-conference teams four times and leading the 1971 Mustangs to the quarter finals. He later attended West Texas State A&M in Canyon Texas for two years before returning to the family ranch following the death of his father.

Bill was a man of few words and a strong faith which never wavered during the final difficult months. He most wanted to be remembered as an honest man who loved to work and referred to himself as a jack-of-all-trades. he did, in fact, tackle many different things during his adult life. He ran heavy equipment, drove logging trucks, plowed snow, groomed ski runs, worked construction and built fences. Above all, he loved to be on one of his favorite horses working cattle and always with one of two well trained dogs at his side.

Bill was a fiercely independent man. However, he graciously accepted the help he knew that was necessary and often commented how much he appreciated the professional and loving care he received at Kremmling Memorial Hospital and the Presbyterian/St. Lukes. He was also so thankful for the expertise and tireless efforts of friend Helen Keim and niece Stephanie Ahlberg in negotiating the red tape and mounds of paper work. He also appreciated Joe Shields, Judith and rich Broyles and mark Harvat for their continued support and help with his care.

There are no immediate plans for a memorial service but the family expects to have something in the summer.

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So sorry to hear of your loss and our loss of Bill. It has been many years since I saw him but I have wonderful memories of him, not only a classmate at West Grand HS ( walked together at graduation), but also he faithfully went to Kremmling Community Church. I will miss his sincere smile and quite demeanor. RIP Bill, I will see you again in the Heavens.

Faith Griffin Jun 11 2015 12:00 AM

To the family of Bill Read George and I extend our heart felt sympathy. We have known Bill for a long time and are truly sorry to hear of his passing. We always loved Bill, but were unable to spend much time with him. He was a great guy and will surely be missed by many. Our love to all of the family, George and Susy

George and Susy Culbreath Apr 14 2015 12:00 AM

Bill and I for Christmas one year,

Jeanne Lampright Mar 26 2015 12:00 AM

Bill and Amanda with Jody and Sam

Jeanne Lampright Mar 26 2015 12:00 AM

My Favorite Bill and Jody.

Jeanne Lampright Mar 26 2015 12:00 AM

My prayers go out to Bill's family and also to his friends (which he had many) I have known Bill since 1981. He was a friend, a husband and a father to my 3 daughters, (Charity, Charlotte, and Crystal) and later on my daughter Amanda. We have stayed in touch and spent many hours together through these 34 years. I will miss him so much and remember him until I too leave this world. We talked a great deal during his fight with Cancer and I was so impressed with how brave and positive he was. He very seldom complained about anything he was going through. He has my highest respect for everything he did and accomplished through the years. Love ya Bill. See you on the other side.

Jeanne Lampright Mar 26 2015 12:00 AM