Bill's a bit more present than Judy and Jess observes that Leslie, accordingly, loves being with her father but he knows more about culture than, practical things. When Leslie dies, we learn more about her parents' grief from Bill. Bill is the one who thanks Jess for being Leslie's friend, who says he has to keep Leslie's dog, and who has to interact with the outside world. Their loss of Leslie seems to crush Bill and Judy. All their joy and excitement about being on the farm completely dissipates with Leslie's loss, and they just get out of town as fast as they can.