Bill attended high school in Lusk, WY, and Gillette, WY.
Early in their marriage, his father-in-law, Glen, got Bill interested in Polo and a short time later invited him to join the Western South Dakota Buckaroos.
Bill only missed one Buckaroo ride in the 47 years since that invitation, and that was this year.
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.
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.In 1975, Bill and Sally, along with Seth and Clay, moved to the old Hardy place on Alkali.Soon after, they welcomed their little girl, Cally, to their family.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.He was preceded in death by an infant son, Billy Jeb; his parents, Burt and Polly Cross; and father-in-law, Glen Hardy. A memorial has been established for a Western SD Buckaroo High School Rodeo Scholarship. Friday, October 6, 2017, at the Sturgis Community Center Theater.