Truckee loses friend of the four-legged
Truckee business owner William “Bill” Mickey died in his Reno home on Friday, March 7 at the age of 75.
Mickey, who moved to Truckee with his family in 1984, owned Mickey’s Pet Shop and Laundermutt on Donner Pass Road. He was known for his jokes and allowing people to come into his store and pet the animals.
“People would always come up to me and say, ‘Your father is the kindest man,'” said Mike, Mickey’s son, at the pet store on Tuesday. “That’s the word they would always use, ‘kind.'”
Many family friends and employees have been at the store trying to keep the business running smoothly and help out the Mickey family.
In 1999, Mickey and his wife, Rosemary, moved to Reno but kept the Truckee business going, with Mickey commuting six days per week. He kept much of the inventory in his head, Mike said, so there was a lot of work to be done.
“My mom needs all the support she can get. We’re trying to pick up the slack,” he said.
Because of the slowing economy and the AmeriGas propane leak, he added, sales at his father’s pet store had been down over the last few months.
“People have been coming in the shop and asking what they can do, and I tell them supporting the store is the best thing they can do. That would have meant a lot to my dad,” he said.
In a 1987 issue of the Sierra Sun, Mickey was interviewed in his pet store about life in Truckee. When asked, what was the one this he would change about himself, he said, “Set back the hands of time.”
William Statler Mickey passed away at his home in Reno on March 7.
Mickey was a native of La Trobe, Penn., and born on May 6, 1927 to George and Mabel Mickey. He graduated from high school and attended St. Vincent’s Preparatory College in La Trobe.
In 1984, he moved to Truckee and shortly after opened Mickey’s Pet Shop and Laundermutt.
Bill was a veteran of World War II and the Korean War. He was a survivor of the bombing of Hiroshima. He received an honorable discharge from the service.
His is survived by his wife, Rosemary Mickey of Reno; sons Kevin Mickey of Spokane, Wash., Michael Mickey of Truckee and Reno, Marc Mickey of Truckee; four grandchildren and brother George W. Mickey of Las Vegas.
Memorial services will be held Thursday, March 13 at 10:30 a.m. at the Truckee Christian Center, 11556 Brockway Drive in Truckee.
Inurnment will be at the Northern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Fernley, Nev. Arrangements made by Truckee Tahoe Mortuary.
A memorial fund has been set up for the family at Plumas Bank in Truckee, under the account number 158003395.