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Fulkerson - Stevenson Funeral Home
Springan - Stevenson Funeral Home
It's all about saying goodbye.
William E Kitzman
January 16, 1944 - November 30, 2021

Residence: Williston, North Dakota



William Kitzman, 77, of Williston, North Dakota, passed away on Tuesday, November 30, 2021 at his residence in Williston, ND.

William “Bill” Kitzman was born January 16th 1944, in Bottineau ND, entrusted to Walter and Doris (Harding) Kitzman. Growing up on the farm, he quickly learned the value of a hard day’s work, milking cows and harvesting, as well as gaining engineering experience helping “Pa” repair machinery. Fishing trips with Uncle “Schatzy” were favorite childhood memories.

In 1964, Bill and his friend George enlisted in the US Army together. He was deployed to Korea and served as a tank mechanic. He left the Army in 1967. That same year, Bill and his former wife Jan Hegland (Clay) welcomed their first son, Stacy. In 1970, another son, John, joined the family.

Motivated to provide for his family, Bill worked in the oil field, spending freezing winters on top of the derrick. Throughout the years, he tackled almost every role on the rig. Later he worked for Herman Oil, delivering resources to rigs, and enjoyed running into old coworkers. He retired for a few days, then drove hotshot for Petroleum Services. Bill’s career brought a number of great people into his life, and he spoke often of the friendships he made.

On July 10th 1986, Bill married Jean (Smith), uniting not only two individuals, but also two families--Stacy and John gained four siblings that day: Tim, Kimberly, Nathan, and Sam. In August 1987, the caboose of the family appeared, a daughter named Billie Jean.

In his free time, Bill made things beautiful--whether his yard or the house, he always had a project. Trips to the family farm were his favorite vacation, playing “CCR” on tape the whole drive there. A devoted and tender-hearted man, he cared for his loved ones with the highest regard, including his pets. He was a safe place, a comforting voice, a fierce protector, and knew just when to crack his wit and stop folks in their tracks with a good laugh.

2015 was a devastating year for Bill. Shortly after his retirement, he was diagnosed with cancer, and underwent major surgery. On July 11th, Bill lost his “Jeannie” to a fatal stroke. The strength of Bill’s character shone as he managed through these last years with a broken heart, and despite experiencing such losses, he loved well and still wanted to make people smile.

Bill has been welcomed home by his wife, Jean; his parents, Walter and Doris; brothers, Kenny and Dickey; many other precious family members; as well as beloved pet Shadow.

Bill is survived by his children: Tim and Naoko Thome; Stacy and Susanne Kitzman; Kimberly Carole; John and Heather Kitzman; Nathan and Wanda Thome; Sam and Kelly Thome; and Billie Jean Kitzman; 18 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; and his siblings: Marie Harmel, Neil Kitzman, Tony Kitzman, Dianne Perkins, Donna Wittmeier, Debbie Weir, and Vance Kitzman; as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins.


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Jeanne Knudsvig & Bonnie Smith
Dec 1, 2021
Billie Jean & family
Our prayers & thoughts are with all of you. So sorry for loss if your Dad keep his memories close to your hearts to help you through the days ahead...
Sincere Sympathy
Jeanne & Bonnie
Monica Haskin (Williston , ND)
Dec 1, 2021
John & family, I am so sorry. May God comfort you all in days to come and help you all get through this Hugs and prayers,
Monica Haskin
Karen Lambert and family (Garrison , N D)
Dec 1, 2021
I am so sad to hear about Bill! He was a very special person and holds a special place in my heart! My thoughts and prayers are with you all! Hugs too you all
Nancy & Trent Nelson (Siouxfalls , South Dakota)
Dec 2, 2021
Johnny and family, We are so very sorry for your loss. May God give you strength during this hard time in life and grant you with peace and beautiful memories love Nancy & Trent
Debbie Wilcox (Minot)
Dec 2, 2021
Billie Jean and family, so very sorry about your loss of Bill, he will be missed by everyone. Our thoughts and prayers for you and yours.
Becky Herman (West Fargo, North Dakota)
Dec 3, 2021
So sorry to hear about Bill’s passing. He was good and gentle man and dedicated employee at Herman Oil. I’m sure Bob and Bill will see each other in the next life. Blessings to his family.
Kaye (Harmel) Kavanagh (Denver, Colorado )
Dec 3, 2021
I was so sorry to hear of Uncle Bill’s passing. I have many good memories of his amazing smile and his classic Kitzman teasing demeanor. Don’t tell my other uncles, but I think Bill was the most handsome of the bunch. I am glad he’s not suffering anymore, and I know his soul was reunited with Jean, Kenny and Dickie.
Lorri Hinricksen (Williston, ND)
Dec 4, 2021
I was so sorry to hear Bill had passed. I became acquainted with he and Shadow through Meals on Wheels. On cold days he would always say, "what are you doing out on a cold day like this" or "it's too cold for you to be out today". He was always very kind & appreciative. My husband worked with him in the oilfield and always spoke highly of him. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.
Joan Bonn (Minot, ND)
Dec 4, 2021
I am honored to have met him. He will not be forgotten.
Debbie and Bryan Weir (North Richland Hills , Tx)
Dec 6, 2021
To the best big brother I could ever ask for. I will love you forever and never forget you and all you taught me. R.I.P. Bill.
Robert Huggins (Greeley, CO)
Dec 8, 2021
What a man. I worked with Bill in Utah for Noble Drilling in early 70's. He helped me so many times and such a kind gentlemen.
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