William Andrew (Bill) Mentock died Thursday, July 5, 2012, at Sheridan Memorial Hospital.
Bill was the second of seven boys born to Ray and Alice (Demchok) Mentock on April 1, 1952, in Sheridan, Wyoming. When he was four years old, his family moved to Cody, Wyoming. Bill attended Cody schools and graduated from Cody High School in 1970.
Bill attended Sheridan College and the University of Wyoming, where he earned a degree in Civil Engineering in 1976. Bill worked for the Highway Department in Cody, Wyoming, and returned to Sheridan to take a job with Pilch Engineering in 1978. Bill and his business partner, Jim Willey, purchased the company and renamed it as Mentock-Willey Engineering. They served Wyoming for many years, including providing engineering for many of the housing developments of Sheridan.
Bill married Penny Bradley, the mother of his three daughters, Jessica, Devon and Katy. From a second marriage, he gained a stepson, Jerry Wilson.
In 2003, Bill met the love of his life, Karen S. Fosher. In August of 2006, Bill and Karen were married in Story, Wyoming.
Bill had a quiet faith, providing a perfect example of unconditional love and generosity. He led by example, and was kind to everyone he met. Bill had many friends, far and wide.
Bill’s greatest loves were God, family, fly-fishing, baseball, and golf. He enjoyed spending time with his wife, parents, three daughters and their families, his stepson and his family, and his six brothers and all their families. He was happiest when he was surrounded by his nine grandchildren.
Bill was an avid baseball fan and played baseball from Peewee League through American Legion. His favorite baseball team was the New York Yankees. One of Bill’s other passions was fly-fishing. Bill and his fishing partner, Mark Isakson, completed the Wyoming Cutt-Slam together in 2008. Bill loved golfing and was proud to be the lead engineer for the Powder Horn Development and enjoyed playing the courses many, many times. Above all, he loved spending time with family and friends, especially at the family cabin in the Bighorn Mountains.
Bill served on many boards and committees in Sheridan. His most
recent positions were as President of the Sheridan Recreation Board for the last three years and as a member of the Sheridan Community Land Trust. He was adviser to the Sheridan Planning Commission and served for many years as engineer for the town of Dayton. Bill was a longtime member of the Elks and of the Wyoming Engineers Association. He was very active in the First Presbyterian Church of Sheridan.
In 1996, Bill was diagnosed with cancer. Bill survived the cancer and the treatment and spent many productive years in remission. As time progressed, Bill struggled with complications resulting from the treatment, but his spirit never dimmed. He remained optimistic and laughed through those hard times.
Papa Bill is survived by his wife Karen S. Fosher; his daughter,
Jessica (Allen) Price and their children Megan, Bridgette, and
Bradley; his daughter Devon (Jerry) Johnston and their daughter
Lola; his daughter Katy (Ryan) Whyard and their boys Gunnar and
Ryker; and stepson Jerry Wilson and his boys Payten, Talan, and Jaide.
He is survived by his parents, Ray and Alice Mentock of Cody, WY; his
brothers, Dick (Sabrina) of Durham, NC; Jim (Donna) of Cody, WY; Tom
(Sarah) of Sheridan, WY; Dave (Deryn) of Houston, TX; Dan (Tricia) of
South Bend, IN; and Tim of South Bend, IN and numerous nieces,
nephews, and cousins, especially Frankie Marks of Salt Lake City, UT.
Services for Bill will be held at 10:00 Wednesday, July 11, 2012 at the First Presbyterian Church with Pastor Brian Johnson officiating. Interment will be in the Sheridan Elks Cemetery with a reception immediately following at the Elks Lodge.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Cancer
Society at 333 S. Beach, Casper, WY 82601, Burgess Junction Rescue at P.O. Box 159, Dayton, WY 82836 or the First Presbyterian Church at 2121 Colonial Drive, Sheridan, WY 82801.
Kane Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.
Online condolences may be written at www.kanefuneral.com.