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Billie Leon Ver Steeg was born June 5, 1942 in Oskaloosa, the son of William B. and Leone Opal (Ghrist) Ver Steeg. He was raised in Knoxville and graduated with the Class of 1960. Bill started working for Hy-Vee while still in high school. On Jan. 12, 1963, Bill was united in marriage to Marlene Shannon at the First United Methodist Church. He retired from Hy-Vee in September of 1998 as the produce manager. During retirement, Bill drove for DeVore Motors and Community Action Van. He also worked at Bybee & Davis Funeral Home and most recently delivered for the Hy-Vee Pharmacy. In his spare time, Bill enjoyed watching football and basketball and was a die-hard Hawkeye fan. Bill’s greatest joy was his family, and he especially cherished his grandchildren. He and Marlene were also faithful members of St. Anthony's Catholic Church. Bill passed away on Tuesday, April 5, 2016, at the Mercy Medical Center, in Des Moines, at the age of 73 years. He was preceded in death by his parents. Those left to honor Bill’s memory include his wife, Marlene; sons: Ray (Jeni) of Marshalltown and Randy (Jeri) of Big Spring, Texas; 6 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren and many other family members and friends. Mass of Christian Burial was held at St. Anthony Catholic Church, Knoxville, on Saturday, April 9, 2016, at 10 a.m., with Father Jacob Greiner, Celebrant. Interment was in Graceland Cemetery, Knoxville. Memorials may be made to the Knoxville Hospital Clinics Foundation. Online condolences may be made at BertrandFuneralHomes.com
Published on  May 2, 2016
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