William “Bill” McKenzie, 68, of Lodi passed away after a short illness on Dec. 29, 2019. He was born in Lodi on Nov. 9, 1951.
Bill grew up in the Galt and Herald area. He served in the U.S. Navy for four years. Upon completion of his military service, he returned to the Sacramento area where he lived for most of his life. He worked in various career fields over the years, including earning his HVAC certification in 2001. Most recently, he worked as a maintenance engineer at Lake Berryessa, which he loved.
Bill had many hobbies and interests. He enjoyed spending time in nature, birding, learning new skills, building and working with his hands. He was an art and music lover, and enjoyed going to the art walks in Sacramento. Bill also had a passion for archeology and loved traveling. Last year, he went on a month-long trip to India with his youngest son Billy to celebrate their birthdays.
Bill was preceded in death by his father Jim McKenzie and grandson Micah McKenzie.
He is survived by his mother Kathleen McKenzie; brother Montague McKenzie; aunt Marcia-Lou; sons Edward “Sean” McKenzie, James McKenzie, Seth McKenzie and William “Billy” McKenzie; daughters-in-law Sam McKenzie and Lisa McKenzie, grandchildren Kyrsten Nikzat, Liam McKenzie, River McKenzie and Bonnibelle McKenzie; great-granddaughter Amira Nikzat; and former spouses Cheryel Mertz, Lala McKenzie and Darleen Snyder.
A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 14 at 1 a.m. at Galt Arno Cemetery, 14180 Joy Drive in Galt. The family has set up a memorial fund to help pay for funeral expenses: https://www.gofundme.com/bill-mckenzie-memorial-fund.