William “Bill” R Bratt, 69, passed away peacefully at his home in San Tan Valley on September 12, 2022.
Bill was born on November 10, 1952 in Waterford Michigan to Casey and Ruby Bratt.
Bill leaves behind his loving wife of 45 years Nancy, his two daughters and their spouses, Chelsie Norman and her husband Josh, and Cassie Duke and her husband Jamie all of Queen Creek, and his dog Rylee. Bill was predeceased by his other dog Harlee. Bill also leaves behind his brother Bruce and his wife Debi both of Colorado Springs, Colorado as well as his sister Bonnie and her husband Tom of Oxford, Michigan and four nephews.
Bill relocated from Waterford, Michigan to Tempe, AZ, in 1983 to work for Impra, Inc, later acquired by CR Bard. Bill was awarded 13 patents that contributed to the improvement and manufacture of medical devices. Bill also was awarded the Charles Russell Bard award for his outstanding citizenship and giving back to the community, an important achievement within the CR Bard organization.
During his tenure at CR Bard, Bill was also an Adjunct Professor at Mesa Community College, teaching Drafting 101.
Bill served in the US Army, stationed in Germany and honorably discharged in 1973. He was an active member of the American Legion Apache Post 27 where he could be found hanging out often dominating the conversations with his jokes and stories.
Bill loved to collect automobile and motorcycle memorabilia related to his youth. He amassed several cars and motorcycles, along with the service station signs and equipment of the time. He was a member of the Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club and the Cushman Club of America.
Bill was a founding member of the “Ruff Riders” Motorcycle club in Mesa (5 members) and the Shed society (2 members) in Tempe
Bill had unique qualities that were appreciated by many, especially his unique sense of humor. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends
In Lieu of flowers, please make contributions to John Greco of Asheboro, NC.