William (Bill) Waite, 81, of Billings, passed away peacefully at home on July 22, 2020.
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Bill was born on March 17, 1939 in Wibaux, Montana to Clarence and Ida Waite. Bill, his older sister Joan and his parents moved to Billings in 1946 and younger brother John soon joined the family. After graduating from Billings Senior High School in 1956, Bill did a stint in the United States Army.
Bill met his wife Sharon in 1957 and they married in 1958. With their son Mitch, they moved to California where Bill completed an automotive repair program at the National Technical School in Los Angeles. Another son and a daughter were born in California. The family moved back to Billings in 1965 and Bill began working in the shop at Frontier Chevrolet. A third son, Matt, was born after Bill and Sharon returned to Billings. Bill spent 40 years turning wrenches; tinkering on cars and going to car shows and swap meets were his favorite hobbies.
Bill enjoyed many things about Montana and had a lot of activities to fill his time. He enjoyed camping in the Beartooth Mountains, shooting, and hunting as well as riding ATVs and snowmobiles. It was a rare weekend when he wasn’t out enjoying one pastime or another.
Bill is preceded in death by his wife Sharon, sister Joan and brother John, and his parents. He is survived by his children Mitch, Mark, Brenda and Matt (Tami) and his grandchildren Nathan and Bethany.
At Bill's request, there will be a private interment for Bill and Sharon. Friends and family are invited to share their memories of Bill at smithfuneralchapels.com.