William S. Encell

William S. Encell

October 8, 1940 – August 17, 2023

William “Bill” S. Encell, age 82, of Omaha, passed away peacefully on Thursday morning, August 17, 2023. He was surrounded by his loving family.

Bill was born in Omaha on October 8, 1940 to James and Maxine Encell.  He began high school at Omaha Central then attended and graduated from Omaha Westside in 1958. He spent the next year at Grinnell College before going on to earn a Bachelor’s degree in 1962 from the University of Nebraska Lincoln where he was a member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity and lettered in golf.  After graduating, he joined the Nebraska Air National Guard and became an officer, serving through 1969.  In 1963 Bill joined The Sun Newspaper where he eventually became assistant publisher. In 1978 Bill embarked on a fulfilling 37-year career at All Makes Office Equipment and retired as Vice President in 2015.

Bill was active in civic endeavors including the YMCA, United Way, Salvation Army, District 66 Westside Community Schools Council, and was also a long-standing member of Suburban Rotary Club of Omaha. After retiring, Bill volunteered with Score Greater Omaha, an organization that provides free business counseling to start-up entrepreneurs.  He enjoyed helping people, and his work at Score was a rewarding opportunity to keep doing what he loved.

Bill was meticulous in everything he did, from his meeting preparation and presentations at work during the week to making his peanut butter, jelly (and butter) sandwiches and Bloody Marys on the weekend. He believed that anything worth doing was worth doing well and that belief was evident in all aspects of his life. He was a great dancer, particularly ‘The Chicken’, which his grandchildren absolutely loved, and was an excellent golfer. His dad Jim was an avid golfer and passed on the love of the game to Bill at an early age. He grew up near Elmwood Park and used to camp out overnight in the trees between the 17th green and 18th tee, where he would sneak on first thing in the morning and play golf all day long. He reached ‘scratch golfer’ status for a few years in his mid 20s and had a total of 8 holes-in-one.

Above all, Bill was a dedicated and loving husband to his wife of 60 years, Kathy, and a devoted father to his children: Lance, Jay, and Mark. Bill provided his family with everything that they could ever want or need. He never missed one of his sons’ sporting events and always delivered on the biannual family trips to the mountains that created the lasting memories, stories and love for music that will be re-told and passed down for generations to come. He took great joy in time spent with his four grandchildren, Charlie, Adeline, Emerson, and Elly, and great-grandchild Esther, and cherished being a part of their lives.

Bill is survived by his wife Kathy; children Lance Encell (Andrea), Jay Encell, Mark Encell (Mary Warin); grandchildren Charlie Encell (Lucy), Adeline Encell, Emerson Encell, and Elly Encell; great-grandchild Esther; sibling Jeanne Rusthoven (Terry); cousins Liz Encell and Jeff Wynne; and many nieces and nephews.

There will be a private family service. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Bill’s memory to the Salvation Army. He will be forever loved and deeply missed.



  • Jim and Kristine (Suess) Mayberger Posted August 20, 2023 6:58 am

    So sorry for your loss. We will be keeping your family in our thoughts..

  • Julie West Posted August 20, 2023 8:12 am

    Thinking of your during this difficult time. Love and prayers to The Encell family. Love, The West Family

  • John Jenkins Posted August 20, 2023 9:20 am

    I am so sorry for the loss of a truly fine man. Bill was always so welcoming and warm to me whenever I visited their home. I remember many times sitting in the Encell living room watching some sporting event which was typically tennis or golf. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  • Sean Kelly Posted August 20, 2023 12:17 pm

    What a great man. What a legacy. I was so blessed to spend thousands of hours at the Encell house growing up. Bill understood that boys needed to play and that sometimes a broken lamp or a hole in the drywall were just the cost of doing business. Bill coached many of our soccer and basketball teams and was an excellent coach who challenged us to do our best. He taught me how to shoot free throws and demanded I learn how to do a left handed layup He was a kind and generous man. I’m glad I knew him. Kathy, Lance, Jay and Mark, my heart goes out to you. Love to all of you.

  • John and Sara Young Posted August 20, 2023 2:54 pm

    Our deepest sympathies to the entire Encell family. You have been wonderful neighbors for many years and we will miss Bill. You are in our thoughts and prayers with many condolences to all of you.

  • Robin Turner Family Posted August 20, 2023 7:32 pm

    My condolences to the family.. Many fond memories of a man, a very patient man that coached a group of neighborhood misfits. The Red lightning. YMCA soccer

  • Doris Matlock Posted August 21, 2023 8:30 am

    What a great man. Working with Bill @ All Makes Office Equipment so any years. My condolences to all the family.

  • Robert Meier Posted August 21, 2023 11:55 am

    I worked with Bill for many years at All Makes. Bill was a great man and always had some ideas how to help you in your job.

  • Ty Williams Posted August 21, 2023 3:47 pm

    Sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. Bill was a customer of mine for many years and I always enjoyed speaking with him. A true gentleman and always a joy to work with. Prayers to the family.

  • Angela James and Russ Shipman Posted August 22, 2023 1:12 pm

    We both worked with Bill for many years, myself through All Makes, and Russ through Office Installation Specialists. Bill was always the voice of reason in meetings and brought a level of calmness to everything he was involved in. Thoughts and prayers to the family.

  • steve katalinich Posted August 24, 2023 8:49 am


    My condolences on your Pops passing. You have been a great friend for nearly 30 years and for that I am a better and happier person!! All my love to the Encell Family.


  • mike spinharney Posted September 4, 2023 5:17 am

    I knew Bill through our many years at a golf tournament in Lawrence, Kansas and later volunteering with him at SCORE. I was just made aware of his passing and want to offer condolences to his family. May he rest in peace. He was one of the good guys. Mike Spinharney, Omaha

  • anthony gray Posted December 6, 2023 7:17 am

    Devastated to learn of his passing thru Grinnelll. We lived across the street as young boys and played golf many times at Elmwood. A longtime friend for 80 years but didn’t see him much for the last 60. My warmest feelings to you and your family. Tony Gray

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