January 6, 1938 - May 24, 2016
William (Bill) Stacheruk was born on January 6, 1938, on the farm north of Invermay, Sask., to parents, Bill Stacheruk and Mary (Fewchuk) Stacheruk. He had two brothers, Morris and Walter, and attended Silver Springs School until completing Grade 8. In his school years, he enjoyed math and social studies, and playing ball.
He spent the next few years working in various capacities in the Estevan oil patch moving oil rigs, and then for a time with Acorn Construction and Nakrieko Construction through the late '50s and early '60s, as well as working in Saskatoon with Stanley Lamber in a landscaping company. In the mid '60s, Bill started working with Prince Construction in Kuroki, both as an operator and mechanic, and thoroughly enjoyed what he was doing. It was through this relationship with the Princes that he met the love of his life, Marie Gladys Bohl.
They were married on October 18, 1969, and lived in a little house on the southeast side of Kuroki. Bill continued to work with Prince Construction and they were blessed with their first son, Garth Edward on May 1, 1971. There where tough times ahead though, as George Prince was killed, and Phyllis was left with young children and a large construction company that needed to be run. Bill stepped up and, with the help of other good men, got them through this difficult time.
In the fall of 1973, he and Marie moved back to the farm at Invermay, and his second child, Kent William, was born on July 20, 1974. Bill worked for Kramer in Tisdale and Prince Albert in the winters as well as clearing bush with his own bulldozers. In 1979, he built a new house on the farm and enjoyed farming and raising his family. He worked with Arnold Jack in the winters at the repair shop in Invermay and was kept busy carting his two boys to hockey after work and on the weekends.
Bill was very involved with the R.M. of Hazel Dell as both Reeve and councillor over the years and with the Kinsmen Club of Invermay.
Farming was tough in the '80s and he had enough so, in 1986, he rented out the farm and went to work for Wheatbelt Sales in Wadena, then later for Potz Construction and Gerald and Robin Bohl. He then retired and Marie's Style Shop was keeping them busy so in the late '90s they moved the house to Kelvington. Thus began a new chapter in his life - that of a retiree, but he could never really sit still, and he continued to help area farmers with seeding and harvest.
Bill became a grandpa in 2001 (Nate); again in 2004 (Josh); and most recently, with the arrival of twin girls, Emma and Grace in 2013. He was also very involved in the community of Kelvington and enjoyed the social aspects of being in town.
After Marie's death in 2009, he stayed in the Kelvington area until moving to Moose Jaw in 2014 to be closer to family. Sadly, Bill passed away on May 24, 2016, with his sons at his side.
He was predeceased by his parents, Bill and Mary; and by wife Marie.
He is survived by brothers, Morris (Mary) Stacheruk of Regina and Walter (Betty) Stacheruk of Edmonton; sons, Garth (Paulette) Stacheruk of West Palm Beach, Florida, and Kent (Laura) Stacheruk of Moose Jaw; and by beloved grandchildren, Nate, Josh, Emma and Grace.