William "Billy Bob" Bretz

October 10, 1941January 12, 2020

William “Billy Bob” Robert Bretz 10/10/1941 - 1/12/2020

William “Billy Bob” Robert Bretz, 78, of Friant, CA, passed away peacefully on January 12, 2020. He was born October 10, 1941 in Sacramento, CA. Billy was a graduate of Clovis High School, Class of 1960. After graduating from high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served from 1960 to 1965. He was primarily stationed in Japan during his years of service. When he left the service, he returned to the Central Valley and resided in Shaver Lake, CA where he worked as a ski patrolman for Joe Weirick at China Peak Ski Resort. It was here that he met his wife, Nancy (Beck). They were married for 52 wonderful years and had two sons, who they raised in Meadow Lakes, Auberry, CA. In the ‘80s Billy worked as a heavy equipment operator on the Helms Creek Hydroelectric Project at Wishon Lake. Billy continued in the construction industry for many years, working his last 15 years for Darren and Bob Oliver at Tri County Grading and Paving as a water truck driver. He took great pride in his work. Billy enjoyed hunting, fishing and watching sports – particularly football and Nascar. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend to everyone.

Billy is preceded in death by his parents, Lou and Gean Bretz; and sister, Gail Bretz; and he is survived by his wife, Nancy; son Judd and his wife Kimberly Bretz (Friant, CA); son Drew Bretz (Fresno, CA); special friends Steve and Annette Hoff (Yreka, CA); nine grandchildren: Tayler, Hannah and Kevin McGowan-Bretz, Hunter Bretz, Cody and Casey Hoff, Scott and Markie Layton, Kenny Graham; two great-grandchildren Braylee Kelley and Bowen McGowan-Bretz; brother Richard Bretz and his wife Sharon of Newark, Ohio; and sister Pam Cheney and husband Bob of Clovis, CA.

Graveside services will be held on January 31, 2020 at noon at the Tollhouse Cemetery, located at 27950 Tollhouse Road in Tollhouse.


31 January

Graveside Service

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Tollhouse Cemetery

27950 Tollhouse Rd.
Tollhouse, CA 93667


William "Billy Bob" Bretz

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Sue Schroeder Van Doren

January 20, 2020

Graduated with Billy from Clovis High. A great guy who always had a smile on his face. Wishing peace and healing for the family.
Sue Schroeder Van Doren

Mallary Meyer

January 20, 2020

Uncle Bill was such a kind man with a big personality. When all of his great-nieces and great-nephews were younger, Uncle Bill and Aunt Nancy would visit us almost every year in Ohio, specifically during hunting season. During those times, laughter would fill the Bretz home, the deer meat was cooked to perfection, and the true love of family could be felt. I will always cherish those memories.
Best wishes and love to my California family,
Mallary from Ohio
(Granddaughter of Richard and Sharon)

Don Ashbrook

January 19, 2020

Been friends since High School. Now our kids are friends.
Miss you bud! Rest easy.

Ronald Sterling

January 16, 2020

Bill you are a one a kind person. A great guy and long time friend. We have had a lot of fun and beers together at Shaver Lake. You loved to laugh and have fun. Keep it up! Meet up with later.

Bob Mary Ann Price

January 16, 2020

Dearest Nancy Judd and Drew
So very sorry we loved Billy have cherished memories of our families together. Gods blessings and love. The Price Family