Bill attended Chickasha High School graduating in 1955.
After graduating from high school, he
married Marianne Spears.That union was blessed with four children.After graduation, he worked for Morris Brothers Horse Trailer Company. He
worked in the oilfields in Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, New Mexico, and Mississippi.Along with his
brother-in-law, the late Ace Brunt, they opened Bar A Horse Trailer Company
in 1967.In 1970, Bill
organized B-Bar A Horse Trailer Company
, which was in existence until 1988 at which time he
joined the family owned business, Chickasha Nursing Center
, with his
sisters Wanda Brunt and Linda Martin.He was currently assistant administrator and vice-president.
In 1994, he
married Linda Brown.
As a youngster, Bill
had a love for the sport of rodeo and livestock.He
donated the first horse trailer to Miss Rodeo Oklahoma in 1972.Bill was a charter member of the Chickasha Rodeo Foundation and had served as President since 1985.
Over the years, Bill
has developed many friendships with rodeo producers, contestants, announcers and fans.He
continued to have horses and livestock.Bill
was very talented and, as his
peers commented, he
can build or fix anything.He
could pinstripe a horse trailer without an outline or markings.Bill
collected classic vehicles and enjoyed restoring them.
...Three sons: Allan Rich & wife, Connie, Apache, Oklahoma; Terry Rich, Tuttle, Oklahoma; Johnny Rich, Moore, Oklahoma; Two daughters: Judy Myers & husband, David, Anadarko, Oklahoma; Janet Hazlewood & husband, William, Seymour, Texas; Twelve grandchildren: Eric & Misty Myers; Billy Shawn, Ashley & Troy Michael Rich; Amber & Jennifer Rich; Lacey & Sara Rich; Natalie, Josh & Abby Hazlewood; Two great-grandchildren: Alexia Sorrels & Tyler Myers; Her mom, Gladys Coddington; Three sisters: Bea Stephenson & husband, Andy, Midwest City, Oklahoma; Sue Rivera & husband, Mario, Binger, Oklahoma; Eva Garcia, Hydro, Oklahoma; Several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and many loving friends.