William Conrad Studebaker
William (Bill) Conrad Studebaker was born at the St. Helena Sanitarium and Hospital in 1950, and died unexpectedly on May 21, 2017, from a sudden stroke. Bill started this life on February 5, 1950 after being born to Victor Conrad Studebaker and Ruth Peruvia (Miller) (Studebaker) Brehm. Victor was a well-known well driller in the Napa Valley.
Bill graduated from Pacific Union College Prep Class of '68. He was an adventurous youth; he played banjo and sang in a quartet, learned to scuba dive, and enjoyed diving the California coast with his friends. He worked several jobs in truck driving, security, real estate, and mining. The call of the Last Frontier drew him to Alaska in 1975, where he lived for the next 30 years. In 1980 he met Betty (Daily), the love of his life. They married in 1981 and spent many happy years exploring, fishing, camping and enjoying the great outdoors. He lovingly took on the responsibility of father to Betty's son, Brian. He and Betty retired in 2004, and returned to California to care for Bill's Mother and Step-Father.
Bill was a member of the Tanana Valley Sportsman's Association and Alaska Outdoor Council in Fairbanks Alaska. He was also a member of the Studebaker Family National Association; The Native Sons of the Golden West parlor 53; Saint Helena Historical Society; and a proud founding member of Wine Country Corvettes. One of his greatest joys was driving down the road with Betty at his side, enjoying the sunshine and breeze as they drove the California roadways. He will be missed by all his friends and family.
Bill is survived by his wife, Betty, and his great loves; son Brian Fulkerson and wife Cami; grandchildren, Caitlin Fulkerson and Xavier Fulkerson; sister, Ellen Walker and husband Lon, nieces, a great nephew and dozens of Studebaker cousins.
Bill will be laid to rest with his Father and Studebaker Grandparents in the St. Helena Cemetery.
Friends and family are invited to a Celebration of Life to be held at their home on July 23rd in St. Helena. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Native Sons of the Golden West Parlor 53 – High School Scholarship Fund, or the Napa Valley Hospice. Arrangements were made by Morrison's Funeral Chapel.