Bill Pannell 1921-2012

Bill Pannell, age 91 of Alva, Wyoming, died Friday May 4, 2012, at the Fort Meade VA Medical Center in Sturgis, South Dakota.

A memorial service was Tuesday, May 8, 2012, at the Greater Hulett Community Center in Hulett, Wyoming. Interment took place Saturday, May 5, 2012, at the Alva Cemetery, in Alva.

Memorials are preferred to the Hulett Volunteer Fire Department.

Funeral arrangements are with Funeral Home of the Northern Hills in Belle Fourche, South Dakota.

William James Pannell was born January 21, 1921, at the family ranch located near Alva. He was the son of Walter and Hazel (Lull) Pannell. Bill grew up on the family ranch, attending schools in the area, and became a high school graduate from Sundance High School. During World War II, Bill served his country in the U.S. Marines from 1942 to 1945. During this time he was stationed in Honolulu, Hawaii. Upon his honorable discharge, he returned home. On September 28, 1946, Bill was united in marriage to Eunella Easterly, in Kentucky. Following their marriage they returned to the Pannell family ranch near Alva where they established their home for the next sixty years and more.

Bill is survived by his children, Fred (Karen) Pannell of Cheyenne, Wyoming, Mary (Everett) Heinert of Alva, Sally (Alan) Kraemer of Apple Valley, California, Peggy (Jeff) Meineke of Rapid City, South Dakota, Jim (Kelly) Pannell of Alva, Bill Pannell of Cheyenne; thirteen grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; and his sister, Peggy Davis of Belle Fourche.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Eunella in 2009; and two sisters, Louise Blankenship and Sue Svoboda.

Friends and family may leave written condolences and view Bill’s video tribute at www.funeralhomeofthenorthernhills.com.