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William ‘Bill’ James McRann

William McRann William McRann

(Oct. 9, 1930 - Feb. 16, 2017)

William “Bill” James McRann, 86, died on Feb. 16, 2017, at Help for Health Hospice Home in Riverton.

He was born on Oct. 9, 1930, in Nisland, South Dakota, son of Hubert Guy and Laura (Matthesen) McRann.

On Nov. 7, 1951, he married Lola Mae (Neisess) McRann in Newell, South Dakota.

Bill lived in Hulett, Cheyenne, Powell, and Cody. He also lived in Mesa, Arizona, Texas, Germany and Alaska.

Bill worked as an art educator as well as a business owner. He was awarded Teacher of the Year from Powell, the State of Wyoming and also in Germany and Alaska. Bill’s students won numerous local and state awards.

He enjoyed spending his time hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, traveling and attending art shows and galleries.

Bill was a member of the Congregational Church, Elks, Masonic Lodge #6 and Eagles Clubs.

Survivors include his wife, Lola McRann of Riverton; sons, William James McRann, Jr., Michael Guy McRann and his wife, Lynn; daughter, Sheree McRann Vredenburg and her husband, Matthew; sister, Louise Radtke; six grandchildren, Collin and his wife, Tania McRann, Chad McRann, Colton McRann and Kaitlyn McRann, Ryan Vredenburg and his wife, Amanda Vredenburg, and Kira Vredenburg Davis and her husband, Kris Davis; three great-grandchildren; and great friends, Steve and Carol Zawacki and the great faculty at Powell High School.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, sister, Jane Varjabedian, and brother, Lawrence McRann.

Services will be held in the summer of 2017.

Memorial contributions to the Plaza Diane or Powell Schools Foundation in care of Davis Funeral Home would be appreciated.

Online condolences for the family may be made at

Arrangements are under the direction of the Davis Funeral Home in Riverton.


  • posted by Connie Lange Godak

    March 02, 2017 8:56 pm

    In our (Lange) family, this man is legend. Always and forever, grateful for his guidance and encouragement.

  • posted by Lori Harvey

    February 23, 2017 8:44 pm

    Sorry to hear this news! Uncle Bill will be greatly missed and all his stories! He was a great man in us kids life. Love Lori.

  • posted by Dan McRann

    February 23, 2017 6:50 pm

    Uncle Bill was a second Father to me,I would spend summers with him and Aunt Lola.We would be in Powell working around Town taken care of Buisness,Then we would Travel up to the mountans to the Cabin ,Where we would Work, Fish and have Fun.Chase Bears from garbage cans,keeping them out of Un let Bill's Rubarb garden.I have so many memory's with him. I am going to miss him a lot. R.i.P. Uncle Bill,Dan McRann

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