03/19/2018 - William 'Bill' Birnbaum
Funeral services for William “Bill” Joseph Birnbaum will be at 10:00 AM on Monday, March 19, 2018 at the Osheim and Schmidt Funeral Home in Rapid City, SD with Father Bill Zandri officiating.
Burial will follow at Fairburn Cemetery in Fairburn, SD.
Visitation will be from 4:00 to 6:00 pm on Sunday, March 18, 2018 at Osheim and Schmidt Funeral Home in Rapid City.
A memorial has been established.
Bill passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 11, 2018 at Rapid City Regional Hospital after a long battle with numerous health issues.
Bill was born on March 18, 1944 in Rapid City, SD to Lawrence and Alma (Downen) Birnbaum. He was the oldest of six boys. Bill attended school at St. John'sElementary School and at Rapid CityCentralHigh School. After high school, he married Dee Ann Hansen, and to this union, their daughter Shelly was born. He then married Cindy Redin.
Bill worked on various construction projects, including the construction of the High Rise Dorm at Chadron State College. His specialty was sheet rocking. Following that, he worked for Kemp Construction in Keystone, SD. After returning to Rapid City, he was employed by Chuck Crawford’s Conoco. He also worked for MG Oil.
After some years of being employed by these companies, he established his own trucking company, “Billy B. Trucking.” During his trucking career, he contracted out to Trimac Trucking, which enabled him to see much of the United States and Canada. He ended his trucking career due to a decline in his health.
Bill researched all he could about different kinds of tractors. He had a passion for restoring old tractors. One of the things he loved was going to auctions to see if he could find a tractor he didn't have or parts that he needed. He had a keen eye for finding tractors and parts in the most unlikely places. Bill had his own shop where he spent many hours working on all the treasures he found.
Bill enjoyed being with family and friends and always had a great story to tell and wisdom to share. With many a wild story told by him, Pat, Bill, Robert, Jim and along with many others, his life was rich, full and exciting. Because of their wild escapades, some of these stories are best not to be shared by all.
He is survived by mother Alma Gruenig of Rapid City, SD; brothers Mike (Sarah) Birnbaum of Rapid City SD, Jim Birnbaum of Scottsdale, AZ, Pat Birnbaun (Lee) Birnbaum of Bellingham, WA, and Terry Birnbaum (Jenny) of Chadron, NE; special friend Cathy Steen of Rapid City, SD; daughter Shelly (Joe) Heller of Gilbert, AZ; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Bill was preceded in death by father Lawrence Birnbaum and brother Bruce Birnbaum.
Osheim and Schmidt Funeral Home in Rapid City is in charge of arrangements for William “Bill” Joseph Birnbaum.
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