William 'Bill' Harold Koenig

Mar 21, 2014 Staff

William "Bill" Harold Koenig died Wednesday, March 19, 2014, at Hot Springs County Memorial Hospital in Thermopolis after a period of declining health. He was 86 years old.

Memorial services and interment will be at 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 25, at the Oregon Trail State Veterans Cemetery in Casper. A reception will follow at the Elks Lodge in Casper.

William Harold Koenig was born March 1, 1928, in Baker, Mont., as one of 10 children. After his father died, he worked on the family farm in Baker, Mont., then was a roughneck in the oilfields.

On March 20, 1948, he married Catherine Stednick in Casper.

He served in the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II and the Korean War. He joined his wife in Thermopolis following his discharge from Korea.

He continued working in the oilfields for Empire State Oil, Ashland Oil and Petro-Lewis as district production superintendent. He and his wife established and operated B&C Pumping in the late 1960s, a job from which he never retired.

He was a life member of the VFW and BPOE.

His family said he enjoyed visiting with his grandchildren, hunting, fishing, camping and watching the Broncos (he was a season ticket holder). He also was known for his contributions to the town of Thermopolis.

He is survived by his daughter, Paula Koenig of Casper; son Michael of Riverton; grandchildren Kaiden, Drew, Michael Jr., Jessica, Josie, Andrew, Bill III and Bryan; and sister Erna O'Donnell.

He was preceded in death by his parents; eight siblings; son William II; and wife Catherine of 58 years.

Mortimore Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be left at

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