William “Bill” McCarty, the son of William Sr. and Lula (Hasty) McCarty, was born August 27, 1937 in Lake City, Iowa and departed this life May 31, 2018 at St. Anthony’s Regional Hospital in Carroll, Iowa. He lived his life to the age of 80 years, 9 months and 4 days.
Bill was raised on a farm west of Lohrville and attended and graduated from Lohrville High School in 1956. On September 22, 1957, Bill was united in marriage to Karen Williams at the First Baptist Church in Lake City. Two sons and three daughters were born to this union. Bill and Karen made their home on the family farm near Lohrville where they raised their family. Bill and Karen were always working side by side through all 60 years of their marriage. During their marriage, Bill farmed and operated a truck line and then Bill and Karen moved to California where they were property managers together for manufactured homes communities. They lived in California for 32 years before they retired and moved to Jefferson, Iowa.
Bill was a member of the Lake City First Baptist Church until its closing. He was also a member of the American Angus Association and the Midnighters Car Club. During the time that they lived in California, Bill was president of the manufactured home communities several years.
Bill enjoyed farming, which was his passion, and would always say he was an old sod buster from Iowa. He loved people - if you knew Bill at all, you knew he loved to talk with everyone added with the stories he could tell! Anyone that spent time with Bill could probably re-tell a story that Bill had told them. While he was property manager, he knew and talked to everyone in the communities.
Bill loved tractors, semis and antique cars. He owned a Model- A Ford, a 1957 Chevy and a collection of tractors.
Bill loved his family and he always loved kids around him and all their friends. A person never knew how many people would be at Bill’s house.
Those who are left to mourn his passing are his wife, Karen; children: Tammy (Steve) Smith of Jefferson, Billy McCarty and his partner, Rick Hansen of Council Bluffs and Dianne Dennis of Ankeny. Also, Debbie (Denny) Spencer of Cedar Rapids and Tim Williams of Texas, who were Karen’s siblings that lived with Bill and Karen and were an important part of their family, 11 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Those who preceded him in death were his parents; son, Stevie; daughter, Joanne McCullough; great-granddaughter, Emily Jean McCullough; three brothers: Vaughn, Armour and Merle McCarty; and three sisters: Virginia DeLong, Marilyn Owen and Ruth McCarty.
Funeral services were held for Bill at 11 a.m. Monday, June 4, 2018 at the Brown Funeral Home in Jefferson with Rev. Bob McKnight officiating. Burial was made in the Lake City Cemetery. Musical selections played at the service were “The Dance” by Garth Brooks and “I’ve Been Everywhere” by Johnny Cash. Serving as casket bearers were Bobby Hunt, Eric Million, Josh Million, Kade Dennis, Nick Waddell, Randy McCullough and Zack Smith.
Memorials are suggested to the Blank Children’s Memorial Hospital in Des Moines.
Brown Funeral Home, Jefferson.