William Michael Beyl, commonly known as "Wild Bill", "B.B.", or "Grumpa" was born on June 2, 1948, to Keith and Dorothy Beyl in Nebraska. Bill had three brothers, Jerry, Richard (Dick), and Jimmy, and one sister, Kay.
The family moved to Montana where Bill found his passion for the outdoors. You could find him with a BB gun in hand and his two close friends, Ivan and George Dieruf, by his side. Bill, Ivan and George grew up together and worked together at the Powder Horn in downtown Bozeman, where Bill fixed guns and played pranks on all of the customers and employees. You never knew what to expect and there was never a dull moment.
Bill married his "Sweet-Sweet Wife", Bonnie (Arpin), on Oct. 5, 1968, they had two children, Shaun and Shannon (Poole). He enjoyed taking his family hunting and fishing every chance that he could. Bill and his son, Shaun, would spend hours driving around hunting and having a cold beer, and they have shot thousands of targets together trapshooting over the years.
Bill had three grandkids, Bryn (Beyl) and Christian and Lau'ren (Poole). He was always there for his family, whether it was helping with 4-H pigs, attending high school rodeos, being the best trapshooting coach, or just a phone call away when you needed a quick laugh.
Bill was a very accomplished shooter, winning hundreds or trophies and awards over the last 45 years. He traveled around Montana and the U.S. attending trap shoots, but he was most found out at the Logan Gun Club. His friend "Peter Boy" would pick him up and they would be there, rain or shine. Sometimes not even taking his gun out of its case, he was just there to have a beer and tell some very exaggerated stories (which you never really knew if they were true or not), but he would bring a smile to everyone's face.
Bill was a mentor to everyone who crossed his path, whether it be fixing a gun or giving "questionable" advice. On the weekends when Bill was not at a trap shoot, he would be at hunting camp staying in the "Mouse House" camper. He was the best at making some thick, black coffee (you would drink more grounds than not) and he would cruise around on his Four- WH-eeler. He has also spent countless hours hunting and shooting coyotes with his good friend, Pat Sinclair. When he wasn't on an adventure, he was most often found in his backyard, "drinking a beer and talking to the pigeons and my dog" or calling the Sheriff's office on his college kid neighbors. He was a great man with a big sense of humor and an even bigger heart. He loved helping people and would brighten anyone's day with the twinkle in his eyes and the mischievous grin on his face.
Bill is preceded in death by his father, Keith Beyl; his mother, Dorothy; brother, Jimmy Beyl. He is survived by his wife, Bonnie (Arpin) Beyl; brothers, Jerry and Richard Beyl; sister, Kay (Beyl) Davidson; his children, Shaun and Shannon (Poole); and grandchildren, Bryn (Beyl) and Christian and Lau'ren (Poole).
A celebration of life will be held at the Logan Gun Club on Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016, at 1 p.m.
Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service. www.dokkennelson.com
Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service
113 South Willson Avenue
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Nov. 27, 2016