Bill’s family emigrated from Russia when he was 8 months. In Germany, his father was drafted and not seen again. The family sailed on the Volendam to their new home in Chaco, Paraguay, where Bill picked peanuts and cotton, hunted by slingshot and played marbles. Bill tasted his first Coke in Asuncion, Paraguay, on his family’s way to Canada in 1959. The family settled in Winnipeg. A new language meant starting in Grade 1 at age 12 for Bill. After graduating with honours, Bill had jobs as a construction worker, a security guard, and an employee of Lund Boats, but he longed to farm. Bill accepted Jesus as Saviour at a Billy Graham Crusade in 1967. John 3:16 remained special to him. Bill and Zelma made their home in LaBroquerie, Man., where Bill’s dream of a farm became reality. He found joy in caring for animals.