Bill G. Kane, age 68, of Olive passed away on Friday, July 3rd at the Billings Clinic Hospital in Billings.
Bill was born March 4, 1947 in Miles City, MT. He was the second of three children born to Delbert and Marian Kane. The Kanes lived on ranches around Powder River County until Bill was six when they moved to Belle Fourche, SD. They lived at the Belle Fourche Livestock sale barn where his Dad was employed. He told many stories of his younger years on the ranches and at the sale barn. Bill and his sisters attended grade school at Middle Creek School which was a short way from the sale barn. They later moved into Belle Fourche where he attended school through his Sophomore year. That summer he moved to Broadus to work for his Uncle and Aunt, Dick and Betty Smith. He graduated from High School in Broadus in 1965. Bill enjoyed the life at the ranch where he got to ride, break horses and help in all aspects of ranch life. But his favorite times were those when he was on his beloved horses, be it working cows, brandings or roping. In the fall of 1967, Bill enrolled in the Helena Vocational Tech School studying Ag Mechanics and Diesel Mechanics. He graduated from the Vo Tech in 1969. He spent the summer of 1968 working at an Ag Implement dealership in Bozeman and spent his extra time working with Uncle Jr. Kane working for McLees. While going to school he met Nancy Barbara Baum and they were married on April 17, 1970. They lived in Helena for a year while working for Gene Donaldson. Their daughter Shauna was born in 1971, later that year they moved to Olive, MT where Bill worked for Carl Smith, his mentor. Their son Justin was born in 1973. Bill treasured this time as a young family and the ranching life he shared with them. In 1977 they continued ranching when he went to work for Betty, John and Lana Smith. Having the school bus come right by the front door to pick up the kids for school was important to him. In 1985 Bill purchased the Standard Feed business and became an Independent Feed Sales and Service Manager, which later became Nutra-Lix. Bill was able to continue working with the ag community by feeding many ranchers cattle in Powder River and Carter county as well as neighboring ranches in Wyoming and South Dakota. Through Bill’s nearly 30 years in the feed business, Bill was always looking out for the ranchers by checking fences, gates, water and in some instances putting out salt if needed.
Bill was a member of the East Fork Roping Club and was proud to be able to have his wife, daughter, and son all roping with him. He was involved with the Centennial Cattle Drive in 1989. The following year the Powder River Wagon Trains and Cattle Drives was organized and Bill supported, worked and looked forward to the event every year that it ran through 2012. This event and any other get togethers gave Bill an opportunity to share his wonderful ability of story and joke telling. For several years Bill worked at the County Weigh Scales weighing livestock. From an early time in Bill’s life, if a thunderstorm came up, he would go the the highest hill and scout for fires. With his feed business he was able to support the Broadus Volunteer Fire and was always on call and there with his truck and water tanks full and ready to help out. He gave many hours of his time ready to fill anyone’s water sprayer or the department’s trucks. Bill’s family and friends were very important to him and he treasured moments spent with them. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Bill is survived by “his bride” Nancy of 45 years, his daughter Shauna (Rob) Morgan, his son Justin, grandsons Tate Morgan, Colton and Kyler Kane; sisters Dixie (Bob) Ayala and Marilyn Kane; aunt Donna Bryant; several nieces, nephews and cousins. We lost one great cowboy, he will be missed by many.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, July 9th, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home in Broadus. Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home of Broadus is in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting: www.stevensonandsons.com.
Should friends desire, memorials may be made to the Broadus Volunteer Fire Department or to the Broadus Cancer Fund.