“The world took a giant from us.” Memorial Skate for local man


TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – This summer Bill Werremeyer lost his life in a motorcycle accident.

Now the community, with the help of Tonya Thompson and Robert Kramer, is coming together to celebrate his life and the impact he made here in the Wabash Valley.

Thompson is still in disbelief that her lifelong friend will never skate with her again.

“The world took a giant from us. A giant with a big heart unexpectedly,” said Thompson.

In August, Bill Werremeyer was driving along U.S. 41 south of County Road 600 West. That’s where he lost control of his motorcycle and crashed into a guardrail. Bill was airlifted to Indianapolis but later died from his injuries.

“I don’t think anyone thought it was his time because he was such a great guy,” said Thompson.

Bill was a real estate man. He owned multiple businesses, including Clinton Skate World. It was a place Thompson remembers as a second home.

“Clinton skate world was the beginning of a bright future for me because it was a safe place filled with positive role models,” said Thompson. “His job was to make people smile and he did that well.”

Now Thompson is looking to honor her friend’s legacy with a memorial skate this Sunday. The event will be held 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Wigwam Roller Rink.

It’s a free event hosted at the Wigwam Roller Rink. All donations will go directly to a scholarship fund in Bill’s name to help an underprivileged kid go to business or trade school.

“It would just be one big celebration where Bill could look down and say ‘hey guys I miss you’”, said Kramer.

“If I could say one thing to Bill it would be thank you,” said Thompson. “Thank you for the positive impact you had on my life.”

So this weekend you’ll find Tonya at the roller rink skating for Bill, making sure his legacy rolls on.

To donate to Bill’s scholarship fund, donations will be accepted at the memorial skate or you can contact the Wigwam Roller Rink at (812) 466-4987.