Willus “Bill” DeGoey

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October 5, 1930 – June 30, 2018
Oskaloosa (New Sharon), Iowa | Age 87
Served With Honor ~ United States Military Veteran

Willus “Bill” DeGoey, 87, of Oskaloosa and formerly of rural New Sharon, died Saturday, June 30, 2018, at the Northern Mahaska Nursing and Rehab Center in Oskaloosa. He was born October 5, 1930, in Marion County the son of Cornelius and Caroline VanHeukelom DeGoey.

Bill attended country school in Marion County, Iowa.

Bill served in the United States Army during the Korean War. Upon his honorable discharge from the Army he returned to Mahaska County.

On April 15, 1954, he was united in marriage to Alberta Woolsey at Leighton, Iowa. Alberta died November 9, 2009.

Bill went right back to farming when he returned from the Army. He moved to a farm he and Alberta rented north of Leighton. In 1958, the family moved to a farm west of Lacey. In 1966, Bill and Verlan Uitermarkt purchased a farm that was also west of Lacey. Bill and Alberta retired in 1995. They moved from their home west of Lacey, and built a new home on the farm they owned.

Bill was a member of the Ebenezer Reformed Church in Leighton where he had served as a deacon. He was also a member of the Mahaska County Sherriff Posse, a committee member of the ASCS/FSA board in Mahaska County, the American Legion, and the V.F.W. Bill had also served on the North Mahaska School Board.

Bill enjoyed riding his motorcycle, traveling, and many winters in Arizona. He enjoyed all aspects of farming, but especially enjoyed raising cattle. He thought it was important that all his grandchildren were good drivers, he was always eager to give a driving lesson on the dirt road by the farm. He delighted in having his family with him.

His family includes his three children and their spouses: Diane (& Michael) Moothart of New Sharon, Gary (& Cindy) DeGoey of New Sharon, and Luanne (& Roberto) Azcui of Chicago; eleven grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; two sisters: Thelma (& Raymond) Boertje of Prairie City and Laura Joi (& Lou) Van Der Hart of Newton; three brothers: Marvin (& Junella) DeGoey of Pleasantville, Carl (& Joyce) DeGoey of Newton, and Ryk (& Jan) DeGoey of Sully; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his wife, Bill was preceded in death by his parents; a sister and her husband, Doretha and Henry “Hank” Sneller; and a brother, Cornelius DeGoey, Jr.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, July 4, 2018, at 10:30 a.m. in the Ebenezer Reformed Church in Leighton with Reverend Todd Rempe officiating.
A family prayer service will be at 10:15 Wednesday morning in the fellowship hall of the church.
Burial will be in the Evergreen Cemetery near Leighton.
Graveside military honors will be given by members of the Oskaloosa American Legion and V.F.W. The Bates Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will begin Tuesday after 1 p.m. in the Bates Funeral Chapel and the family will be at the funeral chapel from 5-7 Tuesday evening to greet friends and relatives.
Memorials may be made to the MHP Hospice Serenity House.

To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Willus “Bill” DeGoey please visit the Bates Funeral Chapel Sympathy Store.



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