William “Bill” Robert Mayer was born July 22, 1941 in Parkston to Peter and Clara (Ebersdorfer) Mayer. He grew up in the Dimock area and attended Dimock Catholic School. He helped on the family farm and also worked as a farmhand.
On September 14, 1963 Bill was united in marriage to Charlotte (Chuckie) Schmidt at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Parkston. They lived in Parkston, Mt. Vernon, Longmont, CO and currently resided in Mitchell. Bill spent his life in the carpentry field including Mayer Construction that he and his brother Lou began in 1972; he was then employed at local lumber yards retiring from Ethan Co-op Lumber in 2004. Bill was a 6 yr. member of the SD National Guard, Ethan Trailriders, SD Lumberman’s Association and the Corn Palace Stampede Rodeo Committee. Bill could often be found at area auctions or engaged in his hobbies which included hunting, fishing and antiquing. Bill spent time with family and friends playing cards, marbles, farkle and testing his luck at area casinos.
Grateful for sharing his life are his wife of 53 years, Charlotte “Chuckie”; children: Tammy (Paul) Frost, Letcher, Todd (Dawn) Mayer, Fulton and Teresa (Pete) Sprinkel, Mitchell; grandchildren: Joshua Frost, Dawson and Addison Sprinkel, Mitchell, Jordon (Alisha) and Jared Frost, Letcher, Mason and Maddilyn Mayer, Fulton; great granddaughter, Haisley Mae Frost, Letcher; brothers: Edmund (Arlene) and Daniel (Shirley) Mitchell; sisters: Adeline Heisinger, Mitchell, Florance Rokusek, Freeman, Jean (Roger) Shipman, Paola, KS, Sister Janice Mayer, Yankton; sisters-in-law: Marlene Mayer, Anaheim, CA and Karen Mayer, Linda (Dave) Hauser, Dimock; brothers-in-law: Loren (Barb) and Linus (Dorothy) Schmidt, Parkston; numerous nieces and nephews and his faithful fury friend, Cubby.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents, father and mother-in-law, Al and Rose Schmidt; brothers: James, Harvey, Peter and Louis; sisters: Ragena (Toots) Parker, Delores Hafner, Clara (Sherri) Novachich; sister-in-law, Sally Mayer; brothers-in-law: William VenOsdel, Gus Parker, Al Hafner, James Novachich, Fran Rokusek and Louis Heisinger.