reel bill


AT THE TIME OF INDUCTION ON MAY 8, 1999 -- Class of 1999...


Bill has been very active in bowling locally for many years. He began bowling in 1959 with his dad and brothers at Sycamore Lanes. Bill has a very friendly and outgoing personality and makes bowling more fun for those around him.


Bill, as a business owner, has played a big role in supporting local bowling by sponsoring men's and women's teams since 1959. Reel's Alignment Shop has also been lane sponsors for the KBA and KWBA City Tournaments. He even donates items for the Monte Carlo night.

Bill initiated the idea of selling 50/50 tickets during league play to fund the sending of each team in the league to the City Tournament. For the past several years, he has put at least 20 teams from the Union League into the City Tournament. This has contributed significantly to the tournaments growth and enjoyment.

Bill also helps raise funds at the annual KBA/KWBA Monte Carlo night by selling tip boards and 50/50 tickets. His personality and salesmanship make him especially talented in contributing in this area.


Game - 289

Series - 707

Average - 194


  • 3rd in city-high average with 189 in 1976/77 (Carl Babb led with 192)
  • Top averages include:
    • 1975/76 - 185
    • 1976/77 - 189
    • 1977/78 - 187
    • 1981/82 - 190
    • 1997/98 - 194
  • 1989 City Tournament Champion in Singles actual with 692
  • 1st Kokomo bowler to roll in 25 ABC tournaments (accomplished in 1998)
  • Rolled his first 700 series in 1997 State Tournament in Evansville with a 707 in the doubles event
  • 9th place all-events handicap in 1997 State Tournament with 2049
  • Regular participation in the City and State Tournaments for many years
  • Won the City Mixed Tournament with wife Ida