William “Bill” L. Anderson of Stockett passed away Tuesday, September 29th in his home from natural causes.
Bill was born in Great Falls, Montana, May 29th, 1949 to Loraine and John Anderson. He was the oldest of four children. Bill was a graduate of Great Falls High School in 1967. After high school he spent some time in Missoula, where he found his love for the University of Montana Grizzlies football program. He moved back to Great Falls where he found the love of his life, Andra Thoreson, and her two children Kathy and David.
He worked as a truck driver for Hilde, and then Sletten for about 30 years. On his off time he could be found at the stock car races, in his youth, or hunting. Bill loved to hunt and he would come home with deer, sheep, moose and other wild game. He enjoyed teaching his grandchildren, Gunnar and Linnea, and adopted grandchildren, Nadine and Carson, how to hunt appropriately and how to treat the land with proper care.
Between working, car races and hunting, he developed a fondness for gun collecting and rendezvous. He was an avid supporter of the NRA and a member of the Winchester Gun Club. He became an active Mountain Man with the name “Bloody Bill” and had many adventure stories to go with it. Bill loved to tell stories and had one for every occasion. He was a big bear, but a teddy bear at heart and would do anything for anybody. He would get little children that came up to him asking if he was Santa Claus. His response, “No. I’m his brother.”
Bill was preceded in death by his mother Loraine Buettner and four grandparents.
He is survived by his father John Anderson of Great Falls; and his three siblings, Kris (Ken) Hissom of Worden, MT; Carl (Sara) Anderson of Missoula, MT; and Sharon (Pete) Yould of Missoula, MT; his two children; David (Kaleen) Anderson of Stockett, MT; and Kathy Anderson of Portland, OR; his four grandchildren, Linnea (Jay) Bucher; Gunnar Anderson; Josephine Benedetti and Vincent Benedetti; and four great-grandchildren.