William Fredrick Kaiser was born on April 23, 1937 in Berwyn, Alta. to parents Elmer and Mary Kaiser.
William was the second oldest of three children. Margaret, his older sister, was unable to say William and he became known to his family as Bud; however, to his friends he was known as Bill.
Bill was very dedicated and hard working man. Some of the many places that Bill worked over the years included a logging camp in Revelstoke, B.C., a power line company in Grande Prairie, a sawmill in Fairview, Alta., and UFA and Shell Bulk in High Prairie. He then moved to Snipe Lake where he lived with Chester and Shirley Banner for a period of time.
In June 1980 Bill married Karen Kile from Amisk, Alta. They settled down on the homestead that Bill had purchased in Snipe Lake. There, Bill and Karen had two children, Grace Mae Ann in September 1985 and Aaron Mark in March 1987.
While they lived in Snipe Lake, Bill worked for a time at Helmer’s Autobody Shop and Bohn Oilfield. In the winter of 1991, Bill and Karen moved their family to Enilda where he resided up until his death. The first few years that they lived in Enilda, Bill worked at the Bissell sawmill, then commuted weekly while working at Vanderwell’s sawmill in Slave Lake.
Bill started working for Tolko Industries in High Prairie as their sawfiler from when it first opened in 1996 until he retired in 2006. As many know, Bill enjoyed working with wood and would do little or big jobs for people within the community. One of the last jobs he lent expertise and time to was this church with Pastor Chris Hicks.
There are so many stories that can be shared about Bill and his life. There are a few ones that stand out to his family the most. His big sister, Margaret, would take care of his hair styling needs. On his 70th birthday, Bill’s hair was all wind blown so she came over and combed and styled it for him. This was not the first time – most any family occasion you could find Margaret tending to Bill’s hair.
Bill also would make Sunday morning pancakes that started when his children were young. Grace and Aaron would make special requests to the type of animal they would want that week. This tradition carried over to his grandkids as well.
During the time Bill and Karen lived on the farm, Bill aspired to build a log house. By the time they sold the farm, the log house was half built.
Karen said that Bill was quite the romantic as well. One Mother’s Day he stopped on the side of the road to pick some flowers for her. Of course, these beautiful flowers were dandelions!
Another highlight of the family was going for sleigh rides on the cutter he had built. Bill will be forever remembered for his campfires with cowboy coffee, his shepherd dog named King, his own crossbow, homemade wooden spoons and many years of going to the Elks Pro Rodeo with Grace and Aaron. The one thing that Bill cherished the most in life was his grandchildren: Seth, Alexander, Liam, and Talia.
Bill’s health had declined rapidly within the past couple months. He was admitted in Grande Prairie Hospital, where he passed away on Oct. 5, 2016 at the age of 79 years.
Bill is predeceased by: his parents; his brother-in-law Roy Stirling; brother Walter Kaiser; sister Margaret Elliott; son-in-law Patrick O’Rourke; and niece Heather Stirling.
Bill leaves behind: his loving wife, Karen; daughter Grace; son Aaron; grandchildren Seth, Xander, Liam, and Talia; sister-in-law Betty; brother-in-law Jim; nieces and nephews, cousins and numerous friends.