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Obituary for William Bill Stettler

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William Bill Stettler

October 24, 1925 - January 26, 2011

William “Bill” Stettler William (Bill) Donald Stettler, beloved husband, father and businessman, passed away January 26, 2011, at the age of 85, due to a head injury after slipping on ice. He was born to Albert Stettler and Ethel Bayley on October 24, 1925, in Brigham City, Utah. After graduating from Davis High School, Bill joined the U.S. Army Air Corp where he proudly served his country in the 15th Air Force, 463rd Bombardment Group, and the 772nd bomb squadron in Foggia, Italy. During WWII, Bill flew 13 missions over Germany as a tail gunner in a B-17 Flying Fortress. When the war ended, he married the love of his life, Betty Jean Cottam, on February 6, 1947, in the Salt Lake Temple. Together they raised five children: Craig, Kathleen (Erickson), Scott, William Kent and Jonathan Daniel. During the early years with his family, Bill owned a small grocery store called the Liberty Market on 27th Street in Ogden. Bill then joined Robbins Brokerage in Salt Lake. In 1978, he and his family opened Bolt & Nut Supply Company in Salt Lake. The business soon expanded to include Ogden, Midvale and West Salt Lake. Bill worked tirelessly and assisted the company until the day he died. As a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Bill served as a Bishop, High Councilor and in many other positions. Bill’s most enjoyable calling was assisting at McKay-Dee Hospital in the pastoral care where he served for 25 years. When summers came, Bill enjoyed making cotton candy and Sno cones at local fairs, and he loved working in his garden and with the many flowers that adorned his home. Friends always knew it was Christmas, as Bill busily prepared peanut brittle and fudge during the holidays to give to his friends, neighbors and family. Bill loved his 13 grandchildren and one great grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings: Albert, Roy, George, Lawrence and Harold. He is survived by his sister, Elaine Beus, from Kuna, Idaho. Family will meet with friends at Leavitt’s Mortuary, 836-36th Street, in Ogden on Friday, February 4, from 6-8 p.m. The funeral service will be held at the LDS chapel at 33rd and Jackson Avenue in Ogden on Saturday, February 5, at 11 a.m. Friends and family may also call an hour before the funeral services at the LDS chapel. The family wishes to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at Saint Marks Hospital and Care Source for making his last days comfortable. Online condolences may be sent to the family at:


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Date: Saturday, February 5, 2011

Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am

LDS Chapel


3755 Porter Ave , , Ogden, UT,

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Service Information

Date: Saturday, February 5, 2011

Time: 11:00 am -

LDS Chapel


3755 Porter Ave , , Ogden, UT,

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Timeline for William Bill Stettler

Born: October 24, 1925
Died: January 26, 2011

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Shari Scott ( Swinney ) posted on 3/31/11

Dear Family , I wish that some time during their lifetime we could have all gotten together . Your Father was my Fathers tail gunner . What wonderful memories my dad has shared trough the years of all the guys he flew with . As you know my Father passed away on Oct. 12 2010 ... he is missed so much every day . I hope sure the two of them are together sharing memories of their lives . We have two wonderful Guardian Angels with us now all of the time . I am so sorry for your lose . May wonderful memories always bring a smile to your face !Shari Scott Mac Swinney's daughter


Tom and Linda Webber posted on 2/8/11

We would like to express our thoughts about Bill Stettler to you. Tom worked with Bill at the McKay Dee Hospital for many years and he grew to love him and appreciate his dedication to his calling there at the hospital. One evening we had the hospital group to our home and as we gathered in our living room after dinner, I played the piano for the group. The men were remembering and singing Primary songs from their growing up days - songs about being "Trailbuilders" and "Blazers". It was a good time.A recent memory occured in December of 2010. For some reason, we had tasted Bill's peanut brittle somewhere and I asked him for the recipe. He insisted that I come to his home and watch him make a batch. So one morning in December, my daughter Melissa and I (along with her baby) went to Bill's home and watched him at work! His enthusiasm and love for serving others was so apparent as he quickly mixed up the batch - we wrote down everything he told us about making a successful batch of peanut brittle. It was amazing that he knew exactly when the brittle was done - poured it out onto his marble slab, turned it and sure enough, it was perfect. He insisted that we take the whole batch. How generous of him to share not only his talent for making peanut brittle, but his time.Later in the month, Tom and I invited him to our home. He and Myrna came and we shared borscht (Tom and I served a mission to Russia). He really enjoyed that and then I played the piano for them once again.It has been a pleasure to know Bill. He will be greatly missed.Sincerely,Tom and Linda Webber


Jonathan Stettler posted on 2/3/11

Dad, I will miss you and Mom more than you will ever know. Richard said that you never get over a parents loss, you just learn to live with the loss.


Deb and Curt Nations posted on 2/1/11

I have known Bill since I can surely remember. He was my dad's cousin. We all recieved free snow cones and cotton candy whenever we ran into him. He was always wearing a smile and if I ever had a question for a church class I was teaching I knew who to call. My dad got pancreatic cancer and became ill very fast. Bill was there at our home at every free minute he had. He came to Roy to see my mom when she was moved to an assisted living facility. He was one of the most Christ like people I have ever know. I am positive he will be missed by all of the people at McKay where he so honorably served on Sundays. We are so sorry for you loss and will miss his loving spirit. Love Curt and Debbie Nations


Craig and Kathy Adams posted on 2/1/11

We are currently in Cape Verde, West Africa serving a mission, but want you to know how much we thought of Bro. Stettler. Craig was his Bishop for a time, and on several occasions Bill gave generous donations for those in need - all anoymous. We appreciated his friendship and example. Sincerely, The Adams


Michael Call posted on 1/31/11

I was very sorry to see that Bill had passed away, especially as a result of such an unfortunate accident. I truly enjoyed getting to know him and associating with him and the family through Bolt and Nut Supply. I appreciate the support that he and you gave to Lightning Bolt Sales & Mfg. while I was the owner/operator.


Angela posted on 1/31/11

Love you grandpa so so much! You are greatly missed!