Bill E. Meidinger

Bill E. Meidinger
Date of Birth: May 18, 1946
Died on: January 28, 2016

Billy E. Meidinger, 69, of Aberdeen passed away Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016, at Avera St. Luke’s Hospital in Aberdeen.

Billy E. Meidinger was born May 18, 1946, in Aberdeen to Leonard and Billie (Whitmore) Meidinger. He was a hard worker and go-getter from the beginning. As a boy, Bill raised doves and rabbits and had several paper routes to supplement his family’s income. While in high school, he held several part-time jobs. After graduation from Aberdeen Central High School in 1964, Bill was drafted into the U.S. Marines and served his country until he was honorably discharged due to a family emergency.

Upon his return, Bill began working for Cal Golz Volkswagen, while at the same time buying and selling furs. He was also buying wrecked vehicles and selling parts at his home on south U.S. Highway 281. After leaving the Volkswager dealership, he began a full-time salvage yard at that location. He enjoyed providing wrecker service at the Brown County stock car races for many years. In the 1970s, he purchased Pioneer Wrecking in Aberdeen and expanded his operation.

Bill was united in marriage to Julie Murschel on Nov. 10, 1978, in Aberdeen. In the 1980s, he added a used car lot on west 6th Avenue and purchased a salvage yard in Mobridge. During all these years, he operated a 24-hour tow-truck service. In 1986, Bill was elected to the City Commission and appreciated the chance to serve the people of Aberdeen.

Bill had a great love and appreciation for nature. Despite his long hours of work, he was able to take time for hunting and fishing. After health issues began in 2001, Bill and Julie were able to travel more and spent several winters in Florida and Arizonia. Trips to the Daytona races were very special, as NASCAR was a favorite pastime. Bill and Julie also made many visits to scattered family and friends. Throughout his life, Bill was gifted with the drive and spirit to overcome all obstacles, whether working and growing his business or recovering from many health problems. Most importantly, Bill loved and enjoyed his family.

Left to miss Bill are his wife, Julie; daughter, Tammy (Doug) Meidinger, Plankinton; son, Dennis Miller, Brookings; mother-in-law, Amelia Murschel, Aberdeen; sister-in-law, Trudy (Gary) Fossum, Lily; niece, Lisa (Jason) Stenzel, Waseca, Minn., and children: Emma, Ethan, Myles and Henry; niece, Sommer (Jon) Hunke, Bismarck, N.D; nephew, Lucas (Amber) Steiner, Somerset, and children: Jackson, Ian and Amelia; nephew, Duane (Barb) Meidinger, Plankinton; niece, Kara (Benji) Stickney, Rapid City, and children: Chance, Gracie, Justus, Jenna, Jude, and Keenan; and brother, Jerry, Plankinton.

Billy was preceded in death by his parents, Leonard and Billie Meidinger.


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