William Theodore “Bill” Sitz: 1927-2014
William Theodore “Bill” Sitz, 87 of Burwell, Nebraska died September 17, 2014 at the Community Memorial Health Center in Burwell.
Bill was born July 6, 1927 in Kearney, Neb., to William August and Frieda (Gerdes) Sitz.
As a young boy Bill spent many a night sleeping in the barn with the cattle while he and his family were on the road showing cattle. Bill enjoyed showing at the County Fairs, AK-SAR-BEN and the State Fair. He remembers driving the family’s registered Angus cattle and Hampshire hogs to the railroad dock at Buda where they loaded them on a rented cattle car on the route to various fairs.
In March of 1937 Bill moved with his family from Buda, Nebraska and began a new life in the ranching community called the Green Valley south of Atkinson. During this time in 1945 Bill became a lifetime member of the American Angus Association.
Bill married Dee Stout on August 20, 1947 in Atkinson. Living in Holt County they named their ranch the 36 Angus Ranch. Shortly after they moved with their cowherd to the ranch in southeastern Rock County where they raised Angus cattle and their children, Bill Jr., Judy, Sheryl and Mike.
Bill trapped as a young man and used the income from his furs to purchase materials to build his first underslung. He enjoyed farm sales, working, building things out of iron, tractors, studying the weather, RFD TV, horses and his ponies. He learned how to use the Internet to keep track of the Big Iron web sites auctions. Along with his lifetime membership to the American Angus Association he was also member of the Nebraska Stock Growers Association.
Bill is survived by four children, Bill Sitz of Burwell, Neb., Judy Newlin of Burwell, Sheryl and Lloyd Bellinger of Niwot, Colo., and Mike and Debra Sitz of Burwell, Neb Ten grandchildren and spouses, Stephanie Sitz, Jesse and Tori Sitz, Cody and Melissa Sitz, Stacie and Jason Roblyer, Bethany and Joel Johnston, Eric Newlin, Zac and Dr. Mariah Bellinger, Johanna and Brett Sprencer, Alexis and Travis Fletcher and Ransom and Rachael Sitz and seven great-grandchildren, John Sitz, Lena Spencer, Macy Sitz, Jordee Johnston, Brady Spencer, Mya Sitz and Archibald Fletcher. One sister, Delores and Jim Wallace of Eckert, Colo., and a sister-in-law, Donna Sitz-Arthrum of Billings.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Dee, two brothers, Francis and Bob, an infant sister, Ruth, and a son-in-law, Dave Newlin.
Funeral services were Sept. 20, 2014 at the Burwell Baptist Church in Burwell. Memorials are suggested to the Rose Church.
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