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In Memory of "Wild Bill"

Bryan and several others are organizing a gathering to remember "Wild Bill".

Bill drowned Monday on Miracle Mile kayaking on the Arkansas River in Colorado. When we heard the news we couldn't believe it.

Bill has touched many lives by his love to help others.

Spread the word, bring photos, stories and join us Sunday. Watch closely for updates on time and place. Changes may occur due to size of the group.

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  • Cathy K.

    Lots of Bill stories today.. Guessing 40 people were at Ski Shores. Bill was a champ at doing random acts of kindness. Let's remember Bill by paying it forward.

    2 · August 10, 2014

  • Bryan S.

    Nice to see how many people Wild Bill touched in different circles. Enjoyed celebrating outstanding Bill moments and stories. Bill would have been happy to see us socializing as he was such a catalyst for good times.

    3 · August 12, 2014

  • Patricia

    It was great seeing everyone and remember stories as Wild Bill touched so many lives. Kuddos to Bryan and Cresident for the great photos and music.

    2 · August 11, 2014

  • Lori S

    I`m sorry to miss this but will be there in spirit.

    August 9, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    The Austin - Smithville paddle on the Colorado with a Dutch Oven feed at the end and a sun rise breakfast a few hours later was extra special! I remember paddling along with Bill, the freight hauler, talking about nothing special and his categorizing his paddling style as "bull dozer." Just right Bill - Rest Easy

    4 · August 7, 2014

  • Nikki

    William A. “Bill” Forshey

    William A. "Bill" Forshey, 54, of Austin, Texas, formerly of Watertown, Ohio, died Monday, July 28, 2014, in Chaffee County, Colo., as a result of a kayaking accident.

    He was born March 14, 1960, in Marietta, Ohio, son of George C. and Mary J. Anderson Forshey.

    He had been a Civil Engineer Surveyor in Austin, Texas for many years. He graduated from Waterford High School and Zane State College in Zanesville, Ohio. He is survived by three brothers, Donald Forshey and wife Doris of Fleming, Bruce Forshey and wife Barbara of Belpre, and George Forshey and wife Linda of Fleming; a sister, Barbara Handschumacher of Vincent; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Steve Forshey.

    Services will be held at a later date at the convenience of the family.

    McCurdy Funeral Home in Beverly handled the arrangements.

    Online condolences may be made by visiting

    1 · August 1, 2014

    • Mel R.

      sad to hear... I'm also an aging ( 54 )whitewater kayaker and recently returned from a paddling driveabout to California and the North Fork of the Feather.

      I took a long swim in Class4+ section after being windmilled in a large hole and having my paddle stripped away.

      While the swim was not that epic, I did realize my mortality and questioning myself on why I am still running Class 5 rapids.

      1 · August 7, 2014

  • Cathy K.

    Send photos of Wild Bill to [masked] by 10pm tonight. Slide show will be available for viewing on Sunday August 10th.

    August 3, 2014

    • Cathy K.

      Slide/video is complete. See you Sunday. The time is 2pm. Place is Ski Shores.

      1 · August 6, 2014

  • Jim R.

    Ski Shores allows you to jump in/jump out to cool off at their dock. No time for paddle near Mansfield dam afterwards as my Super moon paddle will be on Lady Bird Lake, entering from the Austin High Ditch ramp on Veteran's Blvd so we can swim in Barton Barking Springs (no smoking, no loose dogs, no glass, and drink fast because alcohol will be banned 9/1/14) and then catch the Congress Ave Bats around 8:10 just before sunset.
    Posting my event tonight.

    2 · August 6, 2014

  • L. E. L.

    And I like the SuperMoon paddle idea, too.

    What I hate is the whole reason we're planning it. I've been trying to think of some way to express what it feels like that doesn't sound like Competitive Suffering Olympics or "Me, too!" I've been stewing on it for days now and it still doesn't seem real. There's this little part of my brain that keeps saying "What!?" over and over, like I just read it for the first time.

    Of course the important parts of Bill are still around. But boy am I gonna miss the part that could handle a kayak, and I only really met him twice.

    1 · August 6, 2014

  • L. E. L.

    That would be great. Very few ski types up there. I like the Apache Shores idea for how to get in.

    August 6, 2014

  • Jim R.

    It's too skiboat busy to kayak on L. Austin there at Ski Shores, but if friends wanted to swim/kayak for fun afterwards 4pm on, we could drive our yaks to the low-water bridge/LCRA Parking Lot just below Mansfield Dam, take last left on 620 just before you cross the tall river bridge, and paddle/swim/jump off low bridge into the cool. clear top end of L. Austin. Wild Bill would be watching and grinning.
    What say ye?

    1 · August 5, 2014

    • judy

      We could gather at my HOA park just down from the low water crossing - picnic tables, bbq grills, boat/swim docks, boat ramp - Apache Shores

      1 · August 6, 2014

  • Cathy K.

    Sounds like a plan..a.super moon paddle. Anyone have an extra boat. .I sold mine recently. FYI several of us talked about planning an annual Bill adventure.

    August 6, 2014

  • Betty

    I don't have a kayak or canoe but I would be up for a swim if we can find a good spot.

    August 5, 2014

  • Bryan S.

    I would be up for it - also it is a Supermoon Sunday so evening paddle should be spectacular:

    2 · August 5, 2014

  • Steve R.

    Sorry, I will not be able to attend this special gathering...... Steve

    August 5, 2014

  • cresident

    I'll never forget the overnight trip going down the Colorado to Smithville. Bill brought dutch ovens and enough food to make beef stew and breakfast for 20 of us - and paddled it all down in his canoe. And then on another trip - pole dancing a la Chippendales. Okay, TMI. lol. There were many stories still to be made. You will forever be in our hearts.

    3 · August 5, 2014

  • Frederick

    I will be out-of-state on the 10th and will be unable to attend.

    August 4, 2014

  • Steve R.

    I meet Wild Bill one time and I wish that I spent more time with him kayaking... You will be missed by alot of people,,,

    1 · August 3, 2014

  • BrianM

    I only got to start knowing Wild Bill this year, but what a great guy! I'll admit to being a little shell-shocked when I heard the news. I was really looking forward to more Wild Bill adventures. He will be missed.

    Unfortunately I will not be able to attend this event, but would if I could.

    1 · August 3, 2014

  • Thayer

    This news-- I can't stand it. What a generous, hilarious, kind man!

    3 · August 3, 2014

  • Linda

    I was on the Pedernales trip - my only one with the group so far, but hopefully more to come. I only visited with Bill briefly that day, but I quickly learned he had lots of river experience and a took great pleasure on the water and in helping others enjoy it as well. Such a tragedy. Thanks for informing us. I am sorry I will be out of town for the event.

    2 · August 2, 2014

  • cresident

    FYI - Bill cooked turkeys for the Dias de los Muertas for the Turkeys at the Austin Center for Spiritual Living for many year. Rev. Merry <[masked]> informed me that this Sunday's (8/3/14) service will be dedicated to him. The Center is located at 5555 N Lamar.

    1 · August 2, 2014

    • cresident

      FYI - Dias de los Muertas is my coinage and not of the church's ;-)

      August 2, 2014

  • cresident

    Please feel free to leave condolences and stories for the family.

    1 · August 1, 2014

  • Drew B.

    I am shocked and saddened. I appreciate you sharing and organizing this event. He and I shared an epic experience coordinating all the paddlers for the Pedernales Trip.

    4 · August 1, 2014

  • Betty

    He (successfully) taught me how to two step too where many before him had failed. I will be forever grateful. We always had a great time.

    5 · August 1, 2014

  • Sharon S.

    I'm so glad we're getting together to remember him.
    The Wild Bill Wake!

    3 · August 1, 2014

  • Cathy K.

    First Sunday, Aug 10th at 2pm.

    1 · August 1, 2014

  • Cathy K.

    I have many colorful stories about Bill. He nicknamed me Sunshine, taught me how to two step, crazy stories about mountain biking adventures, numerous new recipes and dinner parties, kayaking, camping and more. I miss you "Wild Bill".

    6 · August 1, 2014

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