William J. Koedam, 76, of Midway, Ark., formerly of northwest Iowa and Le Mars, died Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2005, at his son's home in Lone Tree.
William John Koedam was born Sept. 8, 1929, in Leota, Minn., the son of Jonas and Cornelia (Van Nieuwenhuizen) Koedam. On Dec. 29, 1952, he was united in marriage to Elnora Olivier in Corsica, S.D. They lived in Le Mars for 30 years.
Bill was a U.S. Army veteran serving from 1951-1953. He was a member of the American Legion and the Christian Motorcycle Association. He was a Cadet counselor and a member of the Color and Honor Guard. Bill enjoyed woodworking and bowling and was an all-around handyman.
He had worked as a power lineman for Northwest Iowa Power Co-op and also worked for the Bureau of Reclamation. He was a part-time electrician, working for the telephone company as well as installing and fixing garage door openers. Bill was a loving husband, father and grandfather.
Bill will be deeply missed by his wife, Elnora Koedam of Midway, Ark.; his daughter, Debbie Seigel and her husband, John of Omaha, Neb.; his son, Doug Koedam and his wife, Clarine of Lone Tree; his daughter, Donna Rolfes and her husband, Mike of Alton; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; a brother, Stanley Koedam and his wife, Janice of Leota, Minn.; a sister, Annie Bolt of Edgerton, Minn.; and sister-in-law, Marie Koedam of Luverne, Minn.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Albert; a brother in infancy; a granddaughter, Amy Carlson; and brother-in-law, Rollie Bolt.
Memorial services will be held at 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the Sorden-Lewis Home for Funeral and Cremation Services in Lone Tree. The Rev. Jason Pittman of the United Presbyterian Church of Lone Tree will officiate. Honorary casketbearers will be William's grandchildren, Angie Miller, Amy Hartman, Sarah Mongar, Aaron Carlson, Jeremy Koedam, Kristen Rolfes, Kelli Rolfes and Korey Rolfes.
A memorial has been established for the Iowa City Hospice and the choir fund of the United Presbyterian Church in Bull Shoals, Ark.
There will also be memorial services in Le Mars, on Monday, Dec. 19, at 10:30 a.m. at the Calvin Christian Reform Church.
Online condolences notes may be left for the Koedam family at www.lewisfuneralhomes.com.