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William Weismantel

January 25, 1965 January 7, 2019
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Obituary for William Weismantel

A Celebration of Life service for William “Bill” Clinton Weismantel, 53, of Aberdeen, will be 11:00-2:00pm, Saturday, January 12, 2019, with family present, at Spitzer-Miller Fellowship Hall. William died Monday, January 7, at Groton Health and Rehabilitation Center.

William “Bill” Weismantel was born on January 24, 1965, in Aberdeen, SD, to Dean and Judy (Berg) Weismantel. He was raised in Aberdeen and attended school in Bath. From a very young age, Bill could be found with tools, taking all of his toys apart. He was always mechanically inclined and could build go-carts and mini-bikes on his own. Of course, he also crash tested everything he built. Bill later had a sister, who could be talked into crash testing things with him.

In his youth, Bill enjoyed camping and fishing with his family. The family was part of a snowmobile club and they enjoyed many weekends in the Black Hills. Bill was always a dare devil and enjoyed extreme sports. He enjoyed relaxing and quiet time only after breaking both arms at the same time.

In his teens, Bill started traveling and spent many years on the west coast. Bill took a job where he worked on aircraft engines, excelling at it, despite never having gone to school for it. Later in life he worked on dragsters and enjoyed being part of a pit crew. He then returned to South Dakota to be closer to family.

Due to health problems in 2010, Bill reached end-stage heart failure. He then underwent a serious surgical procedure, wherein a left ventricular device (LVAD) was placed in his chest. This battery-operated, mechanical pump allowed Bill to continue to live his life to the fullest. Bill could often be seen on his motorcycle, riding a wheelie with his batteries flying behind him.

Bill’s greatest pleasure was his motorcycles. He spent many vacations in Sturgis and even took his motorcycles back to California from time-to-time. He enjoyed rock concerts and would travel to many different states to attend them.

Bill had an incredible number of friends and could always be counted on for an adventure. It wasn’t uncommon for him to show up at your door at midnight and ask you to go for a “quick” ride. If you fell asleep you’d wake up in Texas.

Having two children did not slow Bill down what-so-ever. Bill taught his son, John, and his daughter, Mandy-Lynn, to ride motorcycles and ATVs at an early age. He loved his children immensely and enjoyed sharing his love for motorcycles with them.

In his final days, Bill was surrounded by his family and friends. It was important to him that people knew that he had lived his life exactly as he wanted and without regrets.


Grateful for having shared Bill’s life are his children: John Weismantel-Osborn, Yankton, SD, and Mandy-Lynn Weismantel, Aberdeen; parents, Dean and Judy Weismantel, Aberdeen, sister, Amber Weismantel, Aberdeen.

Preceding Bill in death are his grandparents, Harold and Alice Weismantel, step-grandmother, Shirley Weismantel, and Clinton and Carol Berg.


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