Mansfield ~~ Wilson “Bill” David Work, 66, of Mansfield, Texas, passed away on September 26, 2022, after a short and sudden illness.
Bill was born in Wadsworth, Ohio on August 10, 1956, to John and Mary Work, moving to Southern California before he was a year old. After Bill graduated from Anaheim High School in 1974, he attended college in Fullerton, California with the dream of becoming a professional baseball pitcher. Unfortunately, unforeseen circumstances and knee injuries eliminated that dream, and Bill went on to a short enlistment in the Navy.
In early 1980, Bill met Sileste in Anaheim, California. They dated until mid-1981 before separating. During their separation, Bill moved from California to Colorado. After a few short-term jobs, Bill settled and worked at Factual Data in Loveland, Colorado for 12 years. After a 36-year separation from 1981 to 2017, Bill and Sileste reunited, Bill moved from Colorado to Texas, and they married in September 2017.
An avid sports fan, with his most passionate sport being baseball, Bill’s favorite team was the Colorado Rockies. He enjoyed collecting team and player memorabilia and displaying it in his home and organizing his extensive baseball card collection. Bill enjoyed music, having been a drummer at one time, and was proud of the long list of concerts he had attended. In his better days, Bill also enjoyed fishing. Upon moving to Texas Bill retired on disability and enjoyed his fur child companions Finn, Reese, Sara, Rockie and Angel.
Bill was predeceased by his parents, John and Mary Work. He is survived by his wife Sileste Work, his biological son Ryan (Elizabeth) Gusman of Yorba Linda, California, his in-laws John and Carrie Bianco of Scottsdale, Arizona, his brother John Work of Apache Junction, Arizona, his brother Tom (Kathy) Work of Bakersfield, California, his sisters-in-law Karen McClure (Todd Masot) and Dorie (Greg) Perna of Parker, Colorado, his sister-in-law Jennifer Overton of Wheatridge, Colorado, his stepson Jon (Heather) Stroud of Arlington, Texas, his stepdaughter Zandria (Sara) Roy-Combs of Albuquerque, New Mexico, 5 grandchildren, Matthew, Skyler, James, Jezzica, and Benjamin, 3 great-grandchildren, Jace, Lilly and Landyn, and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family members.
Bill’s wife would like to thank Anya of Always Best Care of Dallas for her assistance as his caregiver during his last days of life. A special thanks to her parents John and Carrie Bianco for their support and assistance in providing home health care; their son Jon Stroud for being there at a moment’s notice for any needed assistance; their dearest friend Judy Miller for being her rock and accompanying her in meetings with medical staff so nothing was missed, forgotten or misunderstood; Bill’s brother Tom for answering her many calls and being a great sounding board; Bill’s niece Kelly Work for deciphering medical lingo for her so she had a better understanding of Bill’s condition and medical/test result notes, and her Ultimate Tool & Safety family for their tremendous support and outpouring of love and concern.
A celebration of Bill’s life will be held at a later date. Lone Star Cremation has been entrusted with his cremation arrangements.