William Odin "Bill"
(1929 - 2012)
Published in Star-Telegram on May 17, 2012
"Bill" Bronstad, 82, passed away peacefully Monday, May 14,
Funeral: 3:30 p.m. Friday in Greenwood Chapel.
Interment: Greenwood Memorial Park.
Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Greenwood Funeral Home.
Bill was born June 24, 1929, in Pittsburg to Odin and Mary Bronstad. He
and his family later moved to Fort Worth where he spent the rest of his
life. He graduated from Paschal High School in 1947 and attended Texas
Christian University where he played baseball.
In 1948, he signed on with the Brooklyn Dodgers organization and was farmed
out to play for its minor league team in Sheboygan, Wis. In 1950, he was
drafted into the U.S. Army where he proudly served his country as a staff
sergeant in the Korean War.
Bill worked for Archenhold Automotive Supply from 1952 to 1962. He and
his business partner purchased a branch of Archenhold in 1962 that then
became Bronstad and Ramsel Automotive Supply.
Bill married the love of his life, Lou Ann, in 1955 and they shared 48
wonderful years of love and devotion before she passed away in 2003. Together
they raised two daughters and were blessed with three wonderful grandchildren
whom they adored.
During his years of retirement, he and Lou Ann were inseparable and enjoyed
celebrating family events, traveling, playing bridge and spending time
with close friends.
Bill was a very devoted husband, father and grandfather who always put
family first, even in recent years as his health was declining. What brought
joy to his life was sharing in activities and accomplishments of his grandchildren
of whom he was so proud. Never a day passed by that he didn't inquire
as to their well-being.
Baseball was always a part of Bill's life, starting with the time he played,
to mentoring and watching his grandson as well as the devotion he had
to his Texas Rangers. He was an armchair fan, but never missed a game.
Bill also enjoyed and took such pride in caring for his yard and gardening.
Survivors: He will be loved and forever cherished in memory by his daughters,
Gayle Crawford and husband, Dean, and Judy Quirk and husband, Jim; adoring
grandchildren, Lauren Crawford, Bradley Quirk and Amy Quirk; brother,
Jim Bronstad and wife, JoAnn; brothers-in-law, Don Sebastian and Clayton
Sebastian and wife, Dollye; and numerous nieces and nephews.