William "Bill" H. Hebl
William "Bill" H. Hebl, 87, passed away Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Oxford, with the Rev. Robert Cloos officiating. Visitation will be Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m. at Lensing Funeral and Cremation Service, Iowa City, where a rosary will be recited at 4 p.m. Graveside committal with military honors will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Cedar Rapids.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to American Heart Association or the Knights of Columbus, Marion, Iowa.
Bill was born on Feb. 6, 1931, in Iowa City, to Elmer and Mary C (Kasper) Hebl. Bill was the oldest of 10 children. In 1949, Bill graduated from U High School. He worked the family farm, and then went into the Iowa National Guard, and then transferred into the U.S. Army. Bill was sent overseas to serve in the Korean War as a combat medic and company clerk. In the winter of 1955, he returned home and began farming the family farm while still serving as a U.S. Army Reservist.
Bill met his future bride, Mary Ann Lynch, at a Catholic Order of Forester Christmas party in 1955, where Mary was playing Santa Claus. After a short courtship, Bill married Mary Ann on June 21, 1956. A year later, they started their family of eight children.
Bill farmed for the next 10 years before taking a job with the United States Postal Service. To support his growing family, Bill held part-time jobs at Sears and George's Pizzeria. In 1965, the family moved into Iowa City from the farm. In 1970, Bill accepted a job as a Civil Servant for the U.S. Army Reserve Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where the family then moved. He retired in July 1991 as a Captain in the U.S. Army Reserve.
He loved to garden, do woodworking, tinker with model trains and bird watching. Bill was actively involved with the Knights of Columbus at St. Pius X Church in Cedar Rapids. Bill returned to Iowa City following the death of his beloved wife of 54 years on Nov. 9, 2010.
Bill was preceded in death by his wife; his daughter, Margaret (Hebl) Staude; his step-grandson Daniel Gray; his parents; his brother, Maynard; and in-laws.
Survivors include his children, Kathy (Bill) Buman of Harlan, Deb Hebl of Des Moines, Rose (Ron) Pennebecker of La Crosse, Wis., Ed (Brenda) Hebl of Corydon, Henry Hebl of West Branch, Helen (Mike) Curley of Davenport, William J. Hebl of Cedar Rapids; and son-in-law, Rod Staude of Norwalk; 12 grandchildren, three stepgrandchildren, five great- grandchildren and four step-great-grandchildren.
Online condolences may be sent to www.lensingfuneral.com.