Billy Wurst had the most contagious, mischievous smile. That's what you noticed first about him. His silly laugh could fill a room and his lending hand was open to anyone he met.
A fantastic and loving father to his two sons, Brayden, 14, and Michael, 6, he went above and beyond to make sure they were happy, cared for, and always having a good time. When the three were together, they were peas in a pod. Whether it was grabbing Sunday tacos or going for a swim, visiting a local festival or heading to the movies, Billy made sure they were always on a quest for fun.
As a son, he was loved unconditionally. The love and respect he had for his parents, Bette and Bill, was strong, evident and freely expressed. No matter how many different shades of paint his mom wanted the walls painted, Billy took out his rollers and did it without complaint. Change out 3 ceiling fans in one afternoon, no problem. He never failed to join our weekly family dinners, show up on holidays and birthday celebrations with the perfect gifts in hand, or lift the mood in any room with his sheer presence, sense of humor and warm, affectionate bear hugs that you would practically have to wrestle your way out of.
He loved cooking for others, making his “famous” bacon wrapped jalapeno poppers, proudly drizzled with an actual raspberry reduction, not just raspberry jam.
A brother to never be forgotten. He loved his sisters, Erika and Michelle, with his entire heart and soul. There was rarely a day that Billy wouldn’t unexpectedly ring Erika's doorbell or send a goofy text message he instinctively knew would make her smile. Whether it was to hang out for the evening, or simply a quick stop to say hi, he was at our door anytime he saw a car in the driveway.
Billy’s nephew Caleb, 6, will always remember his spontaneous, goofy, huggable Uncle Billy and the fun times they spent together (most importantly, the donuts he’d bring him almost every weekend). He’ll never forget the jokes they had between them, or the love he knew his uncle had for him. Billy's two nieces, Kylee, 2yrs old and Kinley, 2 months old, barely got the chance to know what an absolute fun-loving uncle, Uncle Billy was.
The pride Billy had for his family, he also had in himself--in his work, in his cooking, and in his appearance. When out and about, he was always meticulously dressed, with his beard perfectly trimmed and his hair cut every two weeks on the dot. He’d polish his shoes with a tooth brush and iron his T-shirts, even if he was just headed to the grocery store for milk.
In his work as a craftsman, Billy could fix basically anything with MacGyver like ability. If you needed something done, Billy was the guy you called, and he would happily help without complaint, because that’s who he was.
He was the first to offer help and support to anyone in need, and sadly the last to seek help when it was he, himself in need.
He was a son, a father, a brother, an uncle and the eldest grandson of Ralph and Sandra Azus. He was kind, caring, loving, affectionate, and funny. He was a friend to many and will be greatly missed by all.
Born on March 11, 1980, William Michael Wurst passed away on Nov. 10, 2019 at 39 years of age.
Services will be private.
A celebration of his life open to those that loved and cared about him, will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations to Hesed House, 659 S. River Street, Aurora,IL 60506 or Association for Individual Development appreciated