On Thursday August 15, 2019, William, Bill or Billy as he was known to many, passed away in Regina at the age of 82 after a 13 year battle with cancer. He was the eldest son of seven children born to Vera and Edward Putland. Bill was born on June 1, 1937 on the Jensen farm south west of Churchbridge. Predeceased by his parents, Vera and Edward Putland; siblings Mary (Gordon) Yanke, Denis (Diann) Putland, Lorna (Merv) Phillips, and brother-in-law John Baptist. Bill is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Velma Putland (nee Morey), and their children Wendy (Murray) Chapman; Wade (Kim) Putland and their children Jessica (Chris) Lewgood and their children Lyla and Lane, and William (Katelyn) Putland; Vickie (Barry) Wilkinson and their children Dustin (Brandy) and their children Braydon, Abby and Dax, Katelynn (Aaron) and their children Shylo, Elise and Chayse, Rebecca and her daughter Payton; Virginia (Darren) Horsman and their children Lucas and Noah; siblings Jean Baptist, Leslie(Jean) Putland and Leila Shiels, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Bill was a mostly self -taught jack of all trades and master of many over his lifetime; farmer, machinist, wood worker & mechanic. In his spare time he pursued many interests and hobbies; trap shooting, playing sports such as baseball, hockey and golf, wildlife conservation, taxidermy, playing cards, reading, and leather work with tanned hide from his hunting trips. One of his greatest passions was being an air plane pilot with two planes. Many family and friends enjoyed the sights from the air as Bill gladly piloted them in his plane from his landing strip on the farm. Fly in fishing at Armit Lake was a special treat for anyone lucky enough to accompany him. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed fishing, hunting, trapping, quadding, and snowmobiling. Bill will likely be remembered by most as an endless comedian. He found so much joy in making others laugh and often times at his own expense. However, Bill’s most important roles during his rich life by far were those of - loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, son, brother, uncle, friend, and neighbor
A Celebration of Life was held for William on Saturday, August 31, 2019 at 2:00 pm from the Churchbridge Community Hall.
Should friends so desire, donations in memory of William may be made to MSU (Medical Surveillance Unit) at the Pasqua Hospital. Cheques are made out to the Hospitals of Regina Foundation and MSU at the Pasqua in memory of William Putland should be written in the memo line.