William Jerome Partridge
William Jerome Partridge, 79, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday, March 7, 2018. Services: 1 p.m. Monday at Cedar Memorial Park Chapel of Memories. A visitation will be held on Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. at Cedar Memorial Park Funeral Home. Burial: Riverside Cemetery in Marshalltown.
William (Bill, Jerry) was born on Jan. 16, 1939, in Marshalltown, Iowa, to Frank and Wilma Partridge. He was preceded in death by his parents and older brother, Richard, whom he always looked up to. Bill is survived by his daughter, Brenda Metcalf (Kevin) of Shawnee, Kan., and son, Bill Partridge (Kathy) of Cedar Rapids. Bill had seven grandchildren, Jason, Adrian, Paul, Cory (Kristina), Spencer, Riley and Brian, along with five great-grandchildren. Also surviving are Bill's sisters, Maxine and Sally, along with several nieces and nephews.
Following junior college in Marshalltown, Bill went on to graduate from Iowa's Teachers College (UNI). Bill then moved to Cedar Rapids and taught at Cedar Rapids Washington, followed by Cedar Rapids Kennedy. Bill was an avid lover of music, playing the guitar at an early age and then teaching himself how to play the banjo. This love of music was passed on to his children and grandchildren. Bill also was a lifelong fan of his beloved Chicago Bears (Bear Down!). In high school, he often would take the train from Marshalltown into Chicago to see a game at Wrigley Field. He even made a point to teach the fight song to all of his students at Kennedy. Bill had numerous friends and will be dearly missed.
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