Le Mars, Iowa -- William G. "Bill" Hamann, 87, of Le Mars, died Saturday, June 25, 2005 at Floyd Valley Hospital in Le Mars.
William George Hamann was born May 10, 1919, west of Merrill in Liberty Township. He was the son of Emil and Therese (Doering) Hamann. He received his education at Liberty Consolidated School.
On Sept. 27, 1940, Bill and Mildred Hammatt were united in marriage at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Johnson Township. The couple made their home in Le Mars. Bill enlisted in the United States Army in January 1942. He served with the Army Division 546 Standing Aircraft as a Sergeant. He was honorably discharged in December 1945.
Bill was employed with the Le Mars Community School District for 26 years as the Director of Building and Grounds.
During his retirement years he was a member of Mission Builders. From 1987 to 1994 Bill helped to build churches in Belgrade, Mont., Albuquerque, N.M., Gehring, Neb., Indianapolis, Ind., Dalbo, Minn., and Wichita, Kan.
Bill was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Le Mars and participated in Tuesday Morning Bible Study. He was also a member of the Wasmer Post #241 of the American Legion, WWII Last Man's Club and the Sportsman's Club in Le Mars. Bill enjoyed playing pinochle, fishing, gardening, carpentry, and spending time with his children and grandchildren.
Bill will be lovingly remembered by his children, Glenn Hamann and his wife. Phyllis of Le Mars, Gayle Maney of Anthony, Fla., Lynn Hamann and his wife, Carlene of Danbury, Joyce Eldridge of Portales, N.M., Carol Taylor and her husband. Dennis Le Mars, Tamie Schmidt and her husband. Brent of Amarillo, Texas; 15 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren, seven great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Viola Braakman and her husband, Fred of Green Valley, Minn., a brother Duane Hamann and his wife, Donna of Lincoln, Neb.; a sister-in-law, Jolene Hamann of Le Mars, Maxine Bystorm of Lincoln, Neb., special family friends Barb and Gerry Brock, and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded by his parents; his wife Mildred on Dec. 3, 1988; a daughter Judy, and a brother Fred "Fritz" Hamann, and a sister-in-law Elaine Utesch and her husband, Art.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. John's Lutheran Church in Le Mars. The Rev. Gary Landsness will officiate. Burial will follow at Memorial Cemetery in Le Mars. Visitation will begin at 2 p.m. today (Monday) at the Mauer -- Johnson Funeral Home in Le Mars. The family will be present from 6to 8 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. There will also be one hour of visitation at the church prior to the funeral.