William Soesbe

William A. "Bill" Soesbe

June 6, 1942 - August 30, 2020
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William A. "Bill" Soesbe passed away peacefully Sunday, August 30th at Resthave Care and Rehabilitation, Morrison. In accordance with Bill's wishes no service will be held. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may made to the Friends of Iowa PBS, Iowa PBS Foundation

William Arthur Soesbe was born June 6, 1942 in Clinton, Iowa, the son of Philip and Barbara (Siegel) Soesbe. He graduated from St. Mary's High School in Clinton in 1961 and married Diane Sullivan on October 16, 1962 at St. Irenaeus Church in Clinton. He graduated from Iowa Barber College and worked with his brother Jack at Soesbe's Barber Shop before being drafted into the US Army. Bill served his country honorably in Vietnam from 1967-1969, transporting munitions and supplies along the Ho Chi Min Trail and building barracks. Bill was employed as a Millwright at the former Clinton Corn Processing and retired from Alcoa in 2005.

Bill enjoyed spending time tinkering at his cabin on the Wapsipinicon River, playing cards, entering sweepstakes, writing letters, and watching his shows on PBS.

Bill is survived by his former spouse Diane (Sullivan) Soesbe, mother of his five children, Nathan (Courtney) Soesbe of Naperville, IL, Jennifer Soesbe (Kevin) of Galena, IL, Mindy (Marty) Splane of Pittsburgh, PA, Leah (Hugo) Cruz of Gilbert, AZ and Frank J. (Niki) Soesbe of Clinton, 16 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers James A. Soesbe, Robert J. ‘Bob’ Soesbe, John P. 'Jack' Soesbe, his sister, Mary Jo (Francis) Daly, his grandson Trey Soesbe and his granddaughter Meryl Soesbe.

A celebration of Bill’s life will be planned for a later date.
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Larry Stillings

Posted at 07:01pm
I was happy to call Bill my friend throughout our high school days and onward! One of my few fond memories of my time in Vietnam was running into Bill and then finding out he wasn’t to far away . We managed to spend a couple of days together! Wish it would have been more but am happy to have had that time ! He was a good man . Hate that as we get older our circle of friends gets smaller!
Larry Stillings
St Marys HS 61

Matt Blanchard

Posted at 05:54pm
Bill cut my hair as a kid, and the Soesbe family was a big part of my childhood. Nate toughened me up for basketball and I ran around the yard with Mindy, Jenny and Leah often. I can still remember the layout of the house and garage. I am very saddened to hear of Bill's passing and my thoughts and prayers are with Diane and the whole family.

Sharon Monaghan

Posted at 09:59am
Always loved his calming nature no matter what was going on.Even all the wild neighborhood kids.and his smile

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