William Taute

William (Bill) Wallace Taute, longtime resident of Paton, passed away peacefully at the age of 73 on Sept. 12 at the VA Hospice in Des Moines.

The family was fortunate to all have a chance to say goodbye. 

Bill was born Nov. 15, 1945, in Fort Dodge. He was the son of Lyle Taute and Lois (Lane) Taute. 

Bill attended school in Humboldt. He served in the Navy from 1963-65. He owned his own business, Quad County Ag Service in Paton, for 35 years.

Bill married his wife, Kathalene Leadley, in 1965. They were married 54 years. They raised three children, Melissa, Gina and Chad, in Paton, and were blessed with five grandchildren.

Bill enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping, spending summers in Okoboji and winters in Florida. He also enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and his little buddy, Maynard.

He is survived by his wife, Kathy Taute, of West Des Moines; daughters: Melissa (Heath) Smidt, of Grimes; Gina (Jerry) Schneider, of Churdan; and son Chad (Dawn) Taute, of Paton; five grandchildren: Taylor Smidt, Macy and Alec Schneider, Madisyn and Mylo Taute; brothers: Dick (Carole) Taute, Jim Taute, Jon Taute; and sister Kellie Powers; many nieces and nephews; sister-in-laws: Lori (Kevin) Bauer and Michele (Kent) Paeper; and mother-in-law Shirley Leadley.

Preceding him in death were his parents, Lyle Taute and Lois Smith; father-in law Bill Leadley; and granddaughter Murphy Taute.

A private celebration of life will be held for immediate family at a later date.

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