William J. "Billy Joe" Harpenau, 63, of Remsen, died Sunday, Aug. 15, 2004, at Plymouth Manor Care Center in Le Mars.
William J. Harpenau was born Sept. 1, 1940, in Le Mars, the son of John and Philomena (Langel) Harpenau. Bill was raised in the Remsen area and received his education at St. Mary's Catholic School from which he graduated in 1958. After graduation he entered the Iowa National Guard. He then started farming with his father near Remsen and continued living there all his life. In October 1964 he went into partnership in farming with his brother, Ray.
He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and the Catholic Order of Foresters, both of Remsen. He enjoyed farming, watching his nieces and nephews play in their sports activities, playing cards and fishing with family and friends. He loved all his time spent with family and friends.
Survivors include four brothers, Robert "Bob" of Le Mars, Don and his wife, Ione of Diamond Bar, Calif., Ray and his wife, Shirley of Remsen, Tom and his wife Sharon, of Alton; four sisters, Doris Bergner of Bend, Ore., Vernell and her husband, Jerry Chapman of Le Mars, Marge and her husband, Rich Frericks and Helen and her husband, Paul Galles, all of Remsen; one sister-in-law, Marlene Harpenau of Le Mars; numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, LeRoy; one sister, Bernadine at birth; one brother-in-law, Chet Bergner; and one sister-in-law, Jeanette Harpenau.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Remsen with the Rev. Timothy Johnson officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery in Remsen. Friends may call anytime after 2 p.m. Tuesday. There will be a parish rosary at 3 p.m., a vigil prayer service at 7:30 p.m. and a rosary by the Catholic Order of Foresters at 8 p.m., all at the Fisch Funeral Home in Remsen.
Casket bearers will be Mike Chapman, Fred Frericks, Rick Frericks, Bart Galles, Brian Harpenau, Frank Harpenau, Jeff Harpenau and Monte Harpenau. Honorary bearers will be Don Galles, Pat Hughes, Don Keffeler, Marv Meis, Larry Ruden, Jerry Treinen. Catholic Order of Forester honorary bearers will Leon Fiedler, Lyle Frederes, Gerald Harpenau, Joe Harpenau, Duane Majeres and Jerry Weiler.