Fallen Warriors

William Rubrecht - Class Of 1970


It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of Wm. Smith Rubrecht “Bill”, also known to many as “Wild Bill”, on Monday, February 5, 2024 at home with his wife Phyllis.

Bill was born in Miami, FL on March 15, 1952 to the late Francis Smith Rubrecht. He moved to Fox Hill, VA where he had a wonderful childhood playing baseball with his many longtime friends.

An avid Yankees fan, Bill also loved the Beatles, playing golf and watching old movies. He was a self-taught artist, a poet and athlete. Bill was a kind and loving person who never met a stranger and never said an unkind word about anyone.

Bill is survived by his wife, Phyllis Hutson; son, William; daughter, Cassidy; step-granddaughter, Riley Hutson; brother, Robin Rubrecht (Connie); nephew, Shaun Rubrecht; and niece Brittany Oldenburg (Sean).

A funeral service will be held at 2 pm, Friday, February 9, 2024 at Fox Hill Central United Methodist Church 502 Beach Rd, Hampton with interment in Clark Cemetery. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 1-2 pm at church.

The family would like to thank Riverside Hospice for their excellent care in advance of Bill’s passing.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Fox Hill Central United Methodist Church.

Arrangements by R. Hayden Smith Funeral Home.

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02/25/24 04:10 PM #1    

Bonnie Bridger (Mittelmaier) (1969)


William "Bill" S. Rubrecht

Bill Rubrecht was someone who was a friend to so many people.  I was acquainted with him but was not connected to his circle in high school, although many of my friends were, as well as my husband, Alley Mittelmaier.   We attended his funeral which felt like a mini reunion, so many folks from Benjamin Syms and KHS attended and beyond.  He had a great send off, it was sad of course but I have to say that given the numbers of folks who showed up, it was quite a tribute to what a great friend he was to so many.  Many prayers for his family, his wife, and friends who truly knew him "when" and had the pleasure and fun to interact back in the day and up until his passing.  I know they are all saying, Thanks for the memories, Bill" May he rest in eternal peace.  Bonnie Bridger Mittelmaier KHS '69

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