Aberdeen, SD-Private Memorial service for Bill Pesicka, 85, of Aberdeen will be 11:00 am, Tuesday, July 14, 2020 at Zion Lutheran Church. All attendees are required to wear a face covering. The service will be live streamed and available at www.Carlsenfh.com under Bill’s obituary. The family requests casual dress or racing attire.
Burial will be in Riverside Memorial Park Cemetery.
Prayer service will be 7:00 pm, July 13, 2020 with visitation from 6:00-7:00 pm at the funeral home.
Bill died Friday, June 19, 2020 at Wheatcrest Hills Healthcare Center in Britton.
“Wild Bill” Pesicka, born William John to John and Ella (Brunmeier) Pesicka on June 22, 1934 in rural Bowdle, SD. Always a trickster, putting rubber snakes on his mom’s shoulder to scare her, putting real bullfrogs in his buddies’ lunchbox at work, he was always two steps ahead of everyone else.
Bill loved to help people and would be known to do mechanic work or trade a car for things other than money; he was paid in live chickens, homemade wine, whatever a person had to give, he could usually make it work. Working in his shop from dawn to way past dusk, Bill taught his family a valuable work ethic, but he also made time to have fun. Driving with his brother, coast to coast in Gary’s Peterbilt was a change of pace and a treat on occasions. Traveling with his family on vacations that would have been considered an unknown luxury while he was growing up were frequent and he especially liked camping with his grandchildren during summers while they were young.
As a lifelong auto mechanic and racecar driver, anyone at Brown County Speedway back in the 1970’s will remember when the Aberdeen American News called him Ol’ Lonesome when he was the only car left on the track at the end of the race, after multiple red flags and restarts. Bill loved racing. After he retired his #27 back in 1979, he traveled with his first love and wife of over 64 years, Harlene, to all the NASCAR tracks in the country to watch from the stands.
Bill and Harlene raised four children while Bill continued to race and work on cars in his shop, “Bill’s Auto” where he made sure his kids, grandkids, nieces, nephews, and many others were supplied with cars and trucks that he loved to “trick out.” Bill owned and operated his shop for 40 years until his health forced him to retire in 2000. Bill stayed home with Harlene until 2017 when he moved to Wheatcrest Hills Healthcare Center where complications from Parkinson’s took him from us. He still had a rubber spider in his drawer to scare the nurses.
Grateful for having shared Bill’s life are his wife of 64 years, Harlene; children, William “Bill” (Dawn) Pesicka of Sioux Falls, Sandy (Tom) Haluzak of Bismarck, ND, Charlie (Joe) Ward of Brookings and Dennis Pesicka of Aberdeen; younger brother, Donnie (Alice) Pesicka of Fort Pierre, SD, eight grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Many nieces and nephews will miss their Uncle Bill.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Wayne, Gary, and Mike; and sister, Toots Erickson.
The family prefers memorials to Safe Harbor, Aberdeen or Aberdeen Area Humane Society.
Carlsen Funeral Home and Crematory of Aberdeen has been entrusted with arrangements.