|William (Bill) Robert Colvin 81, of Monmouth died at 3 pm on Sunday October 4, 2009 at home.
He was born on April 2, 1928 in Keokuk, IA, to William Robert and Mary Elizabeth (Wolf) Colvin Sr.. He was raised and educated in Keokuk IA, where as a young man, he worked along side his father in their family owned Shoe Repair store. He graduated from Keokuk High School in 1946.
He enlisted in the Army in September 1946 serving in Japan and Korea He also served the Iowa Army Reserves. He was wounded twice during the war and received two Purple Heart Medals and the Bronze Star Medal.
Bill married Wanda Mae Evans in Keokuk, IA on June 7, 1953 and she survives.
He was an Auto Body Repair Man for 50 years. He moved his family to Monmouth in 1966, he was the Shop Manager for Ray Green Chevrolet and later for Louis Lakis Ford before retiring in 1993. After retirement he worked for Dan Porter's Body Shop. He enjoyed playing golf, reading and woodworking. One of his "wood project signs" was for the "Pioneer Cemetery" in Monmouth.
He was a member of the American Legion, VFW, Lions Club, and the Elks club where he served as the Exalted Ruler. He was a member of the Gerlaw Christian Church and was instrumental in the designing and building of the cupboards, archway window and personalized scrollwork's for the newly dedicated Fellowship Hall.
He is survived by his wife, their four children, Debbie Babb of Galesburg, IL; Tammie (David) Snider of Canton, IL; Cala Earp and Billy Colvin of Monmouth, IL. Nine grandchildren, and one great-grand son; one sister Judy (Bob) Boyer of CO; along with three nieces and eight nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents, two sisters Margaret Peterson and Henriksen,; one brother, John Colvin.
Funeral services will be 10:00 A.M Wednesday, October 7, 2009 at the Gerlaw Christian Church, Gerlaw, IL with Pastor Paul Lydic officiating. Burial will be in the Keokuk National Cemetery, Keokuk, IA. Friends may call Tuesday at Hoover-Hall Memorial Chapel in Monmouth, where his family will be present from 5:00-7:00 P.M.
In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established to be designated later. Online condolences may be left at www.hooverhall.com.