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William "Bill" Clayton Birchard

June 11, 1933 - November 18, 2021
From: Spencer, IA
William "Bill" Clayton Birchard

William "Bill" Clayton Birchard

Born: June 11, 1933
Died: November 18, 2021
Age: 88

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     William Clayton Birchard, the son of Carl and Virta Isabell (Prentice) Birchard, was born June 11, 1933, in Lake Center, Iowa.  His childhood years were spent in Spencer, where he received his education, graduating from Spencer High School in 1952.  He was a member of the 1st Spencer basketball team to earn a trip to the State Tournament.

     Bill married Gretchen Parks on July 6, 1957, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Spencer.  Following their marriage, they continued to live in Spencr, where he worked in the warehouse at M & JR Hakes in Laurens, IA.  He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Spencer.  He enjoyed golfing and spending time with his family.

     He passed away at St. Luke Lutheran Home in Spencer on Thursday, November 18, 2021, at the age of 88.  Bill was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Gretchen in 1997; his son, Carl; a grandson, Tyler Paul Tewes; and his siblings: Ralph, Ronald, Cecile Noteboom, Carol Williams, Ruby Hemmingson, Rose McGuire, Ruth Rupert and Carrie Tuttle.

     Left to cherish his memory are his children: Laurie (John) Tewes of Sioux Rapids, IA; Heidi (Sam) Chapman of Spencer, Gregory and his wife, LaDonna and Cari (Jeff) Crooks all of Spencer; 15 grandchildren: Matt (Shelby) Chapman, Emily (Chris) Axdahl, Adam (Sarah) Chapman, Jacob (Rochelle) Chapman, Brady (Kayla) Tewes, Jordan (Brooke) Tewes, Josh (Monica) Birchard, Jason Birchard, Nick (Michelle) Birchard, Nate Wise, Chris Wise, Ben Wise, Mike (Heidi) Crooks, Brandon (Brittney) Crooks and Phil (Alex) Crooks; 25  great-grandchildren; 2 sisters-in-law: Madelon DeVries and Lorraine “Sis” Birchard; other relatives and friends.

SERVICES
Funeral services will be held 10:30 A.M., Tuesday, November 23, 2021 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Spencer.
OFFICIATING
Father Tim Hogan
CASKET BEARERS
Bill's Grandchildren

Matt Chapman
Brady Tewes
Jordan Tewes
Josh Birchard
Jason Birchard
Nick Birchard
Nate Wise
Chris Wise
Ben Wise
VISITATION
Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services at Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
INTERMENT
Riverside Cemetery
Spencer, Iowa

Military Services will be conducted by the Spencer American Legion and VFW following the funeral services at the church.

A lunch and time of fellowship will be held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Spencer immediately following the graveside services.

Condolences

Saturday, November 27, 2021 at 12:36 PM
“Sorry for the loss of Bill.
Prayers for y'all during this hard time.
He was a really great person ”
- Tom &Ann Myers
Tuesday, November 23, 2021 at 2:22 PM
“Bill will be greatly missed. We enjoyed many conversations about golf and family when he drove by the house. Our sympathies to the family.”
- Jeff and Sheila Storey
Tuesday, November 23, 2021 at 11:23 AM
“So sorry to hear of Bill"s passing! We send our thoughts and prayers for you all.”
- Drew & Leaha Eldridge
Tuesday, November 23, 2021 at 10:07 AM
“Greg & family, so sorry to hear about the loss of your dad. H e used to stop & visit me while I was doing food demos at HY VEE, Very nice guy. May you hold all your memories of him close to your heart. God's blessings.”
- Eldon & Pat Larsen
Tuesday, November 23, 2021 at 10:07 AM
“Bill always had time to stop and chat. Lots of good memories growing up with him in the neighborhood. To the entire Birchard Family. My condolences. ”
- Doug Alger
Tuesday, November 23, 2021 at 10:07 AM
“My deepest sympathies go out to the family and friends of Bill. He was my dad's friend, and I know that from all the stories he would tell of his years growing up in Spencer and heading to States for the basketball tournament. God speed Bill.”
- Jojean Freeburg
Tuesday, November 23, 2021 at 7:12 AM
“Greg and family so sorry to hear of the loss of your father. He was a great man and miss seeing him at Walmart.”
- Candy Slawson
Tuesday, November 23, 2021 at 7:12 AM
“Birchard family, sorry to hear of Bill's passing.....thoughts and prayers from our family to yours....Godspeed Bill ....”
- Ron, Sharon, Rhonda, Steve Essick
Monday, November 22, 2021 at 3:07 PM
“Heidi and family, so sorry to about the passing of your dad. We will be thinking of you all and sending prayers of comfort. ”
- Robin and Mark Schmidt
Monday, November 22, 2021 at 7:24 AM
“So sorry to hear about my great uncle Bill he was a really nice man and I remember visiting with him when I lived in Spencer. He will be missed but we will have the fond loving memories respectfully Kevin”
- Kevin birchard
Monday, November 22, 2021 at 7:24 AM
“Uncle Bill no matter you saw him he always talked with Amy and I. It was fun going to his house different times or he would come down to our Grandma Ruth and Grandpa Rupert's house. He is going to be missed. Even though I live in Florida. My thoughts and prayers are for the whole family. ”
- Laura Rupert Stoneking
Monday, November 22, 2021 at 7:24 AM
“Uncle Bill no matter you saw him he always talked with Amy and I. It was fun going to his house different times or he would come down to our Grandma Ruth and Grandpa Rupert's house. He is going to be missed. Even though I live in Florida. My thoughts and prayers are for the whole family.
Laura Rupert Stoneking ”
- Laura Rupert Stoneking
Monday, November 22, 2021 at 7:24 AM
“Dear Laurie, Heidi, Greg and Cari. We are sorry for your loss of Bill. He was riding with me on the bus when going to appointments and we always visited about golfing and your families. Bill will be missed by family and many friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Mike and Mary

- Mike and Mary Monroe
Monday, November 22, 2021 at 7:24 AM
“SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS BILL WAS A VERT GOOD PERSONONE DAY AT A TIME BRAD BOLYARD”
- BRAD BOLYARD
Monday, November 22, 2021 at 7:24 AM
“Bill was always fun to be with, on and off the golf course. I miss talking with him.”
- Mark Lykke
Sunday, November 21, 2021 at 12:28 PM
“I so remember being young and being at the house visiting and always having fun. Uncle Bill will be missed. To all my cousins my condolences, my God grant you peace and healing.”
- Tiffany Jones
Sunday, November 21, 2021 at 12:28 PM
“Laurie, Heidi, Greg, Cari and families, We are so sorry to read about Bill. Always enjoyed visiting with him. He was a great guy. Cherish all the wonderful memories you have. Our thoughts are with all of you!!”
- Donna/Tom Malmgren
Sunday, November 21, 2021 at 11:18 AM
“My sympathy to Laurie and the rest of the family. Always enjoyed visiting with Bill. He loved to tease me about football-he loved Notre Dame and I Nebraska. He will be missed!”
- Karen Sedlacek
Sunday, November 21, 2021 at 11:18 AM
“Bill was a great man. Thank you Bill. My life was better for knowing you.”
- Troy Hart
Sunday, November 21, 2021 at 11:18 AM
“Laurie, Heidi, Greg Cari I'm sorry for your loss. I always enjoyed talking with Bill at Cindy's when he came in with Carl. He always talked to you and was happy and smiling. He will be miss greatly. May God be with you and all your families.”
- Greg Foote
Saturday, November 20, 2021 at 4:53 PM
“I am so sorry for your loss. Bill was such a wonderful man. He will be missed.”
- Joan Wimmer
Saturday, November 20, 2021 at 4:44 PM
“when we came up to visit our grama and grampa I remember "uncle bill" stopping by and mom always enjoyed the visit. I remember him very well always a story to tell . Sorry for your loss god bless.”
- mark birchard
Saturday, November 20, 2021 at 12:35 PM
“Laurie, Heidi, Greg and Cari ... My sympathy goes out to you on the passing of your dad. I have memories of going over to Lost Island learning how to ski. Seems so long ago! Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers for comfort and peace. ”
- Shelly Dyhrkopp-Shortley
Saturday, November 20, 2021 at 11:55 AM
“Bill was a good friend He is now up hunting and fishing with those that went before him. God Bless him.”
- Leo wigen
Saturday, November 20, 2021 at 11:54 AM
“Sorry to hear of Bill's passing. We so enjoyed seeing him at church every Saturday night. Always saved us a spot. What a great guy! He will be missed.”
- Mike and Carol Van Arnam
Saturday, November 20, 2021 at 11:54 AM
“My sympathy to Heidi & the rest of Bill's family. All those memories will help you through this sad time. Will keep you in my prayers”
- Ann Spooner
Saturday, November 20, 2021 at 11:54 AM
“Lori, Heidi, and families,
So very sorry for your loss. Praying you find peace and comfort as you share your memories of him and mourn your loss. ”
- David & Carole Feldhacker
Saturday, November 20, 2021 at 7:50 AM
“sorry to hear about Bill , always in joyed seeing and talking with him, playing cards and seeing him and Peewee hunting and fishing over the years. He will be missed,”
- Kevin Lowe
Saturday, November 20, 2021 at 7:50 AM
“Bill Birchard family, I am so sorry for your loss. He was such a nice man. I enjoyed getting to know Bill when I had Josh, Jason, and Nick in my classroom. Prayers for comfort and peace. ”
- Brenda Griffin
Saturday, November 20, 2021 at 7:50 AM
“God Bless Bill and his family..........”
- John and cathy Kirschbaum
Friday, November 19, 2021 at 7:55 PM
“What a nice guy. Roger has know Bill most of his life. Roger remembers Bill from when he worked at M & JR HAKES..also from playing golf with him at the muni golf course..love and Prayers to all of his family”
- Jackie Mann
Friday, November 19, 2021 at 7:54 PM
“Heidi, Lori and families, I’m very sorry for the passing of your father. I’ll be keeping you and your families in my prayers. ”
- Caroline Nelson
Friday, November 19, 2021 at 4:38 PM
“Very sad to hear of Bill’s passing. He was always a good guy to me. His suffering has come to an end. RIP”
- David Chapman
Friday, November 19, 2021 at 2:44 PM
“So very sorry for your loss. Bill was a good man! ”
- Margaret and Mel Molitor
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