William A. "Bill" Etter, 84, of Marshalltown, IA passed away, Saturday, July 20, 2013 at Glenwood Place Retirement Community, in Marshalltown.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at the Main St. Chapel of the Anderson Funeral Homes, in Marshalltown. Visitation will be from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Monday, July 22, 2013 at the funeral home. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, in Marshalltown. Memorials may be made to the National Parkinson Foundation. Online condolences may be sent to www.andersonfhs.com.
Bill was born August 18, 1928 in Marshalltown to Harry A. and Verna E. Etter. He was a graduate of Marshalltown High School and Marshalltown Community College. He served in the United States Army Air Force assigned to the 92nd Bomb Wing from 1946 to 1949. He was united in marriage to Bette Bousum on February 12, 1947 while stationed in Spokane, WA. Following his service he returned to Marshalltown where he worked as a draftsman at Fisher Controls International Inc. for over thirty-five years, many as manager of Draftsman Services. During his time at Fisher he designed at least two products that were patented by Fisher. He also held a patent for a radar jamming device used on the B-29 Bomber. He was a member of many groups including the Masonic lodge where he was a past Illustrious Master, the York Rite College #37, the American Legion, the Community Theater, the Lions Club, the Marshall County Republicans and was past president of the Little League. He also coached the MFL, taught Sunday School and was the architect of the Hope United Methodist Church. He was an excellent craftsman who could build anything. He built a life size paper mache elephant float for the Marshall County Republicans to use in parades. He built two houses and built a full sized sailboat in his basement. He also enjoyed working with stained glass and fixed the stained glass windows at the First United Methodist Church.
He will be missed by his wife, Bette Etter of Marshalltown; his children, Susan (David) Gray of Center Point, TX, Brad (Connie) Etter of Marshalltown, Robin (Marlys) Etter of Washta, IA, Janine "Jenny" Etter of Garwin, IA and Wes (Shelley) Etter of Des Moines, IA; twelve grandchildren; twenty-two great-grandchildren and his cousin, David (Louisa) Etter of Fayetteville, PA. He was preceded in death by his parents.