William “Bill” Watts, 86, of Winamac, passed away on Tuesday, November 14, 2023 at Northwest Health Hospital in LaPorte, IN.
Bill was born on January 31, 1937 in Royal Center, IN to the late Russell Dale and Genevieve Opal “Jerry” [Reinholt] Watts.
On August 5, 1966, he married the love of hislife Rosemary Catherine Hawkey. She passed away on January 8, 2015.
Bill worked at Von Tobel’s in Winamac until it closed and then went to work at Broken Arrow Campground in Winamac. He was a former member of the Winamac FOE #2580 and Pulaski County REACT. Bill enjoyed watching NASCAR and going to Shady Hill. He also enjoyed collecting recipes. Bill was a master story teller – especially the one where he roller-skated (with his brother Dick and their friend Bill Murray) from Logansport to Indianapolis to go to the Indy 500.
Bill loved his family very much, especially his great grandchildren, Madysen and Hunter. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
He is survived by:
Tammy(Jim) Button, Winamac, IN Daughter
John (Melissa) Watts, Winamac, IN Son
Tommy Prophet, Grandson
Shaun Prophet, Grandson
Shawn Burns, Grandson
Derrick Burns, Grandson
Stephanie Burns, Granddaughter
Richie Brown, Grandson
Amber Watts, Granddaughter
Nikki Watts, Granddaughter
Dylan Brown, Grandson
5 Great Grandchildren
Richard “Dick” (Shirley) Watts, Buffalo, IN Brother
Several Nieces and Nephews
Preceded in death by:
Russell Dale and Genevieve Opal “Jerry” [Reinholt] Watts, Parents
Rosemary Catherine [Hawkey] Watts, Wife
Thomas Prophet, Son
Shelby Watts, Granddaughter
Judy (Ed) Marcinkowski, Sister
Visitation will be from 3-7 PM EST Sunday, November 19, 2023 at Frain Mortuary in Winamac, IN.
Burial will follow at Riverbank Cemetery in Winamac, IN.
Memorials Contributions may be made to the family.
Online Tributes may be offered at www.frainmortuary.com.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Frain Mortuary in Winamac, IN.