William Updike

William K. Updike

Saturday, March 24th, 1934 - Sunday, April 12th, 2020
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William “Wild Bill” Updike, 86, of Marcellus, passed away peacefully on April 12, 2020 at his home, surrounded by his loving children. He suffered a long battle with Chronic Kidney Disease.
Born and raised in Port Byron, NY. He proudly joined the US Army in 1958. He often shared his favorite Army memory of being the personal taxi driver for actor Jimmy Stewart, driving up and down the air strips in Puerto Rico.
Bill was a long-time resident of the Marcellus Community. He was an auto mechanic with Holiday Ford in Syracuse, before opening Updike Automotive. Bill enjoyed hunting and his trips to the casino.
Also known as Wild Bill, the driver of The Lil’ Stinker 151 to the dirt track racing community, he had multiple feature wins to his credit at many local tracks. This earned him a nomination for the Dirt Hall of Fame. His racing career led to another family, the racing family. He built long lasting friendships with many families over the years. He is proud that his grandchildren continue with the racing tradition.
As his disease progressed and he was no longer able to do the things he loved, sitting on his front porch became his passion. He loved to share stories about his grandchildren and of his 60 years in the same neighborhood.
Bill is reunited with his wife Norma Jean and daughter Nancy. Also, with his parents, Tracy and Virginia, brother Norman and sister Agnes who had predeceased him.
He is survived by his children, Kenneth (Deb), Doris Buschbascher (Donnie), Sharon Barker (John) and Jeanne Ferguson; grandchildren, Christopher, Jesse, Thomas, Stephanie, Andrew, Corey and Emily; great grandchildren, Skylar, Viviana, McKenna, Colton and Kennedy. Also survived by his sister Kathleen Quackenbush (Rod), brothers George Mason (Cathy) and Roger Mason and several nieces and nephews. He leaves behind his best friend, his dog Skip.
Bill was able to remain at home throughout his illness and be cared for by his children. Contributions in Bill’s memory may be made to Hospice of CNY & The Fingerlakes at 990 Seventh North St., Liverpool NY 13088.
Services and a Celebration of Life Event will be communicated at a later date.
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George Stoughton

Posted at 05:12pm
To the Updike family:
My husband, George, and I send our condolences to you on the death of your father. We lived on Orchard Street in Marcellus from 1968 to 1972. I am sure none of you remember us, but we remember you. At that time the street teemed with young families with lots of small children. We're attaching a photo of our daughter, Lauren's 2nd birthday party in January 1971. She is the front row, far right, with our son, Jim, next to her. Two of you, Nancy and Jeanne, I think are behind Jim. Paul Ballard and his sister Michelle are to the right and oleft of one of you. The three Powells are to the left with Jerry ___?___ at the far left.
One of you (Sharon ??? who was about 10- years old at the time) babysat for us about 1971 when we went to sign language classes. (Our daughter Lauren was born deaf.) We moved to Camden, NY in 1972 so Lauren could live at hoome and go to the NYS School for the Deaf in Rome, NY.
We had another connection about 2007 when my mother, Evelyn Masters, and your mother were roommates at Community General Hospital when my mother was dying.
Again, our sympathies to you -- now on the loss of both of your parents. Please know that you are in our thoughts. We fondly remember those early years on Orchard Street.
Marilyn and George Stoughton


George Stoughton Posted at 01:21pm

The photo was faxed to the funeral home ,,, tried to add it on photo page. M & G Stoughton

Tim Hannafan

Posted at 07:07am
I was saddened to read of your Dads passing in the paper this morning. You are all in my thoughts during this sad time.

Tim Hannafan


The Eggert Family

Posted at 10:56am
In remembrance of my Dear Friend of 66 years, Rest In Peace .
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Kevin & Eileen Zimmerman

Posted at 07:54pm
We are very sorry for your loss, our thoughts and prayers are with you. We will miss seeing Bill, the porch conversations we had and his smiling wave when we drove by.

Anne Field

Posted at 12:31pm
Smiley will be missed by all. He was such a generous person always visiting us at the pharmacy on Thursdays, for girls day. He would sometimes bring us brownies or cake. When he would go to the casinos I would always give him money because he was always so lucky, and always winning on lottery tickets. We missed him when he couldn’t come in anymore. I was glad I got to see him a few weeks back . I am going to miss you Smiley. Love you forever, Annie. So sorry for the families loss.

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