Bill attended high school in Lusk, WY, and Gillette, WY.

He enlisted in the US Navy July 21, 1945, with 5 buddies from Newcastle, WY. He served on four different ships; The USS Sarita, USS PCE842, USS PCE 884, and the USS LSM 443.

He spent many wonderful summers camping and riding with his grandkids.

He taught his kids many life lessons through 4-H and high school rodeo and pushed them to excel in anything they tried. He loved hazing for his boys and anyone else at the rodeo he could assist to make sure they had a "good shot" at their steer.

Bill served on the board of directors for almost two decades, with a term as president of the organization.

Bill was a true Buckaroo, an old cowboy soul born over a century too late.

When he was young, his family moved to the Moreau River area in Perkins County.

He attended school there until they bought a place near Sturgis, SD.If there was a problem, Bill always tried to handle it.He was a member of the Sturgis Rodeo Booster Club from 1984-1994, and was a State Director of the High School Rodeo Association from 1984-1995. His nieces and nephews couldn't get enough of Uncle Bill, no matter how gruff they thought he was.Send Flowers View Memorial Folder Sign/View Registry Gillette resident, Bill Prell, 89, died Wednesday, September 6, 2017, at the Department of Veterans Affairs, Fort Meade, SD, of an abdominal aortic aneurysm. He was born September 26, 1927, in Anselmo, NE, the fourth of seven children to Jay and Florence (Beardsley) Prell.He was raised on his parent's ranch in northern Niobrara County, WY.The family moved to Harding County to work on Zeta White's place.