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William (Bill) Gutierrez

William (Bill) Gutierrez, better known as “Cowboy”, age 75, of the Kiamichi Wilderness in Oklahoma and Mena, Arkansas went to be with the Lord Sunday, April 22, 2018 at the Little Rock VA Hospital. He was born on Thursday, August 27, 1942 to Bill and Patricia LaForge Sweet of Lawrence, Kansas.

Bill served in the United States Army and was stationed in Germany during his tour of duty.  In 1964, Bill married Sherry Wilson and had two daughters, Lori and Linda.  In 1977, Bill started his own A/C, heating and refrigeration business known as B-G Air Conditioning in Dallas, Texas. He was self-taught and was able to analyze and find a solution for any HVAC problem. Bill worked hard at his craft for 20 years and retired to the Kiamichi Wilderness.  In 2015, Bill married Robin Lang and was a member of Christ Church at Mountain Fork, AR.  Bill liked old country western music, tinkering on anything mechanical and making improvements on his cabin. He served as the Fire Chief for the Kiamichi Volunteer Fire Department for 10 years. He orchestrated the remodeling and building of the firehouse. He reconstructed two old army trucks to make an all-terrain truck that could maneuver through the woods. Bill also made improvements using his own equipment to the roads and trails for easier accessibility. Cowboy loved his little cabin in the woods and he called it his “little piece of Heaven”:  Bill was a proud member of the American Legion and Polk County Honor Guard.  Cowboy was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and great friend who will be missed by all who knew him.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents and two grandchildren, Cassie Dyess and Trevor Barkley.

Bill is survived by his wife, Robin Lang of Mena, Arkansas; two daughters and sons in law, Lori and Durward Clem of Sachse, Texas and Linda and Terry Gass of Harmony, Pennsylvania; two brothers, Steve Gutierrez of Elizabethtown, Kentucky and Nick Gutierrez of Bradington, Florida; three sisters, Bonnie Vessels of Forsyth, Georgia, Patsy Peters of Macon, Georgia and Maria Gutierrez of Mason, Georgia; five grandchildren, Callie Dyess of Inman, South Carolina, Kayla Clem of Irving, Texas, Kaysie Clem of San Antonio, Texas, Nycole Smith of Butler, Pennsylvania and Stephanie Gass of New Sewickley, Pennsylvania; two great grandchildren, Olivia and Ryker Smith; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

Memorial services were held Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 10 AM at Christ Church at Mountain Fork in Mena, Arkansas with Pastor Dino Weingarten officiating.  Cremation services are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas.

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