William “Willie” R. Dalton II of Bradenton, Florida, passed away unexpectedly on April 30, 2023, at 45. He was born on June 22, 1977, in Harford, Maryland to Arbutus (Ellis) Kyzer and the late James Dalton.
William had a gift for connecting with people from all walks of life. His non-judgemental and witty personality made him a joy to be around, and he rarely met a stranger. Willie’s antics were legendary and those who knew him have their own stories to tell.
Willie was a jack of all trades and was passionate about working outdoors- from being a ranch hand to logging. Willie had nomadic tendencies and never stayed in one place for long, always seeking new adventures and experiences. He has traveled as far as Washington State and Alaska to the Netherlands.
Willie was a man of faith and his belief in his heavenly Father brought him great comfort. He devoted his time to reading the Bible and sharing his testimony with others. Furthermore, he was passionate about educating others about the topic of biblical history as well as U.S. history. Many conversations were often about society’s accepted norms, politics, and training animals-from dogs to horses. He often enjoyed sitting on the porch overlooking the sunset and listening to George Jones with a cold one.
William is survived by his mother and step-father, Arbutus and Eugene Kyzer; his older sister, Michelle Ellis; niece, Alura Vogel; nephew, Jacob Soles; and a host of aunts, uncles and cousins.
The family wants to thank Sandy Lange for being such a special person in Willie’s life and he loved you as the second mother you were for him. Johanna Peeters, thank you for being a significant and positive part of Willie’s life-he held a special place in his heart for you. Willie leaves behind his best companion and dog, Jessie.
There will be a viewing for family and friends on Wednesday, May 10, 2023 from 6-8pm at Griffith-Cline Funeral Home, 720 Manatee Ave. W, Bradenton, Fl. A “Celebration of Life and Memorial Service” will be held on Thursday, May 11, 2023, from 3-7pm, at the Kyzer residence, 5106 241st St. E., Myakka City, Florida, 34251. Family and friends are invited to share fond memories, stories and fellowship.