William was born Oct. 3, 1914, in Avery, Iowa, the son of William and Gertrude Foster Jackes. In 1915, he moved to Holstein and graduated from the Holstein Public School in 1932. He joined his father in the Standard Oil business from 1935 to 1942 when he enlisted in the Army. He served four years during World War II in the infantry as a First Lieutenant.
Bill was awarded the Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster, and Bronze Star. He was lead platoon in 13 river crossings and fought in the "Battle of the Bulge."
Bill married Nina Coppa Aug. 11, 1946, in the Methodist Church in Holstein, and passed away on their 61st wedding anniversary. They were blessed with three sons, William, Timothy and David.
Bill served with Standard Oil until he retired in 1976. He was the oldest member of the Holstein United Methodist Church. One of Bill's proudest accomplishments was helping 14 young men attain the rank of Eagle Scout. He was honored by the Boy Scouts with the Silver Beaver Award.
Bill enjoyed announcing at sporting events including football, basketball, track and wresting. He served as a volunteer fireman for 41 years and as Councilman for 10 1/2 years. He also belonged to the Masonic Lodge, Abu Bekr Shrine, and the American Legion.
Those left to cherish his memories and continue the Christian heritage are his wife, Nina and his sons, Bill and Jodee of Le Mars, Tim and Betty of Omaha, Neb., David and JoAnn of Helena, Ala.; grandchildren Jason, Jennica, Jonalee, Lesa (Bill) Rossick, Jill (Steve) Bartosh, Tiffany (Jeremy) Moore, David, Doug, Daniel; great-grandchildren Brooke, Brianna, Braden, Briggs, Bella, Reed, Emily; brother Robert in New Hampshire and numerous nieces, nephews and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his sisters, Annie Lorenzen and Mildred Jackes.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Holstein United Methodist Church with Pastor Todd Schlitter officiating. Burial will be in the Holstein Cemetery with full military rites conducted by Dessel Schmidt American Legion Post #225 of Holstein. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today (Tuesday) with the family present at the Barker Funeral Home in Holstein.