William (Bill) Ausmus

Thursday, June 13, 2019
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William (Bill) Ausmus, 102, was reunited with his wife Ruth in heaven on May 29, 2019.

Bill was born to Hugh and Beulah Ausmus on May 11, 1917 in Sheridan, Wyoming. Because his father was an engineer for the Northern Pacific Railroad, they lived in Parkman, Ranchester and Sheridan, Wyoming.

After graduation from high school in Sheridan, Bill attended the University of Wyoming at Laramie, where he received a degree in Agriculture. Soon he began working for the soil conservation service.

Bill joined the Army and spent his time as an xray technician during World War II. After his time in the service he moved to Hardin where he met his wife to be, Ruth Egnew. They met at the Methodist Church in Choteau, Montana.

In 1959, they moved to Hardin where Bill worked for the county as a surveyor. He loved his work. He also became a Boy Scout leader, a photographer, a rock collector, a jewelry maker, and above all an ardent worker for and a member of the Veterans of Foreign War. He served for over 60 years and was the oldest veteran in Hardin.

Bill and Ruth enjoyed camping, hiking, fishing, boating and traveling. They loved the Hardin community and where huge benefactors of many causes locally and nationally, giving unselfishly to many people and groups, many times anonymously.

Bill’s father Hugh, mother Beulah, sister Margaret and wife Ruth preceded him in death. He is survived by his niece Joan Stempel of Morgan Hill, California; his nephews Roger Wentz, of Sheridan Wyoming; Richard of Boulder Creek, California; Robert of Monterey, California; and Thomas Egnew of Tacoma, Washington.

Memorial donations can be made to the Big Horn County Museum.