W. K. “Bill” Leech, born April 21, 1930, quietly passed away on Feb. 15, 2014. To honor his wishes, a private burial will be performed.
The family has requested in lieu of flowers, donations to the West Texas Rehab Hospital at 4601 Hartford St. Abilene, TX 79605.
Bill was a man who was as proud of his middle name as he was his last name. He is preceded in death by his parents, James and Eloise (Kouns) Leech; his brother, James; and his daughter, Kathleen. He is survived by his loving wife, Sue Loveless Leech and her loving family; Brandi Terry (Randy) and sons; nieces, Melissa Leech (Victor) and Moira James (Rick); goddaughter, Lisa Slate; and numerous cousins and friends. He will be especially missed by his best friends, Dick “Gunner” Gunlogson (Janice) and Toby Coleman (Allison).
Bill grew up in Weatherford. He was proud of his high school education from Weatherford High School and though he never went to college, he never stopped learning. He made it a point to encourage every kid he met to go to college.
Bill’s successful career started as a welder “hanging iron.” He started his own business, Leech Industries, building overhead bridge cranes and had customers throughout the United States. During this time he discovered his other true loves: flying and big game hunting on the North American continent. His friendships with fellow hunters and pilots are too numerous to count.
Bill’s greatest passion was hunting North American Wild Sheep. He was an accomplished hunter with three grand slams. Some of his other trophies included musk ox, grizzly bear and most importantly, the great white polar bear he proudly displayed in the front window of his home when he lived in Arlington.
In 1981, Bill and a small group of hunters joined forces and created an organization for the conservation of the North American Wild Sheep. This organization became known as the Texas Bighorn Society and with the help and support from hunters and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, the Desert Bighorn has been reestablished in the state of Texas.