Billy Joe Myers (Wild Bill) got up out of his wheelchair and walked through the gates of heaven, earning his golden wings at 66 years old Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, at his home in Lake Havasu, Arizona.
Bill was born Oct. 28, 1954, in Sidney, Nebraska, to John and Shirley Lebault Myers. He had two sisters Diane and Shelly, and two brothers John and Steve. Bill sincerely enjoyed harassing his siblings throughout his life. Bill enjoyed an honest, hard day’s work.
Bill married Vickie Henderson in 1975 and became a stepfather to Mark and Bobbi Jo Kessinger. The couple had a son, Johnny, together in 1977. They later divorced. Bill met his soulmate Shelly Rich in 2002. They married Nov. 11, 2011, at 11:11 a.m. Bill became a stepfather to Andy, Ronica, and Danny Lowe. Together they adopted Ashlee Rich in 2006. Bill had an enormous heart for children and was a kind and loving father to his own children as well as many others whom he loved as his own including: Breann and Kristin Carpenter, and Samantha and Kate Marshall. Bill thoroughly enjoyed spending time with his wife and many children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. They were the pride and joy of his life.
Bill worked as a field foreman at AMES Construction until he retired in 2012. At AMES, he always pushed his skills and could operate any piece of heavy equipment they put him in. Bill was loved and trusted by his coworkers and he enjoyed his time spent there.
Bill was an avid outdoorsman. He enjoyed 4-wheeling, taking his grandkids for rides on his Rhino, fishing, and hunting. Bill loved to entertain and cook for his friends and family and made sure everyone who came to visit him left well-fed. Bill was known for his sense of humor and ability to make all those around him feel loved and welcome. He will be deeply missed and his legacy will live on in the hearts and minds of his family, friends, and all who knew and loved him.
Bill is survived by his loving wife Shelly, brother Steve (Peggy Sue) Watts, son Mark (Mandy) Kessinger, daughter Bobbi (Izzy) Nelson, son Johnny (Heather) Myers, son Andy Lowe, daughter Ronica (Stevie) Rael, son Danny (Susie) Lowe, and daughter Ashlee Rich, as well as numerous grandchildren, great-children, nieces, and nephews.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Diane and Shelly, brother John, grandson Travis, and granddaughter Vanessa.
A celebration of Bill’s life will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 23, at the Moose Lodge in Tooele, Utah. Everyone who knew and loved Bill is invited to come and share stories and memories of his life.