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William Ernest Stott (Bill)

Mobridge, SD

1934, 2755, Lodge, DSP-2 Member
1939, 791, Lightning Creek, F-14 Member
1940, 792, Roubaix, F-6

LEAD - William "Bill" Ernest Stott, 87, Lead, SD was born in Bismarck, ND to Robert and Maude Stott on January 3, 1919 and passed away on March 10, 2006 at Bella Vista Health Care Center in Rapid City, SD.

Bill grew up in Mobridge and joined the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) working on the Pactola Reservoir project. Bill's CCC days ended with World War II when he joined the Army on March 1, 1942. Bill served in the Aleutian Islands Campaign after which he was sent to France and Germany until the end of the European campaign. Bill was enroute for duty in the invasion of Japan when the war ended and was Honorably Discharged on October 26, 1945, he received the Good Conduct Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Theater Service Medal, European-African Middle Eastern Theater Service Medal and four Overseas Service Bars while in the service. Bill returned to Mobridge and married his war time sweetheart, Tillie Zulauf of Isabel, SD on September 23, 1945. After driving truck for several years with Nash Finch in Mobridge, Bill, Tillie and family moved to Deadwood, SD where he began his 30+ year career with Homestake Mining Company. Bill took a break from the mine and for about a year he was an owner operator with a nationwide trucking company. Bill retired in 1982 and fulfilled his life long dream of living on a small acreage in the hills where he spent many years enjoying his hobby of antique car restoration. Bill is survived by the love of his life of over sixty years Tillie, his son William (Barb) Stott of Deadwood, daughters Ruby (Jerry) Douglas of Pierre, Delores (Ron) Holso of Belle Fourche and Mary (Lou) Leahy of Spearfish. He is also survived by 10 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren, two sisters Ellen Leaman of Penobscot, ME and Bess (Morrie) Johnston of Minneapolis, MN and several nieces and nephews. Bill was preceded in death by an infant son, Robert, his parents, brother Robert and sisters Gen, Jeanette, Alice, and step-sister Elsie. Viewing will be from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 14 in Spearfish at the Fidler-Isburg Funeral Chapel. Funeral services will be at Funeral Chapel at 1:00p.m., Tuesday with Pastor Kip Roozen officiating. Interment with military honors will be at the Black Hills National Cemetery at 2:30 p.m. In honor of Bill, please donate to a charity of your choice. Arrangements have been placed in the care of Fidler-Isburg Funeral Chapel in Spearfish.

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