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“I still have fond memories of sharing time together on the last church building committee. Bill's past experience and skills were invaluable. Just...Read More »
1 of 13 | Posted by: Don Burkhead - Grinnell, IA

“Bill gave me my pre-kindergarten test when he was a young teacher and I was five. He was part of my school career through the end of high school. I...Read More »
2 of 13 | Posted by: Michael Meacham - Des Moines, IA

“Bill was a major contributor to the city and people of Grinnell. We will miss him and offer the family our deepest sympathy. Waldo and Rita Walker ”
3 of 13 | Posted by: Waldo and Rita Walker - Grinnell, IA

“"Joy" and family, Sorry we can't be with you to share memories of your family from times past, but we are with you in spirit. I believe Bill moved to...Read More »
4 of 13 | Posted by: Wendy - Scranton, IA

“Wish I could be with you guys in person for the funeral. I'll be with you in spirit. Boy, what a lot of growing-up memories we share from camping,...Read More »
5 of 13 | Posted by: Bob Molsberry - Columbus, OH

“I was very sorry to hear of Bill's passing. I knew him in Indianola, Iowa, in high school and Simpson College. He was a top athlete and a real...Read More »
6 of 13 | Posted by: Jim Cochran - Mountain View, CA

“I am so sorry for your loss Joy and Katie. Please know that you will be in my prayers and thoughts. Cathy Keenan ”
7 of 13 | Posted by: Cathy Keenan - friend

“Mr. Weeks greeted each of us with a smile. He was principal when I was in junior high school and when I was in high school. He was a kind, gentle,...Read More »
8 of 13 | Posted by: Judy Craig Vancouver - student

“Mr. Weeks treated his students with kindness and respect. He was a good man and left behind the most important thing one can leave. His memory. ”
9 of 13 | Posted by: Mark Otto - Grinnell, IA

“I was fortunate to get to know Bill I'm just sorry that I didn't know him until he became a resident at S.F.M. He was such a inspiration to many...Read More »
10 of 13 | Posted by: Denise Sedlock - friend

“GOOD OLE BOY SHALL BE MISSED DEARLY AND DAILY D L STOWE ”
11 of 13 | Posted by: GOOD OLE BOYDENNIS L. STOWE - IA

“Bill was my principal during my first or maybe it was second year of teaching in Grinnell-to his credit he guided Jim Dommell and me through some...Read More »
12 of 13 | Posted by: Laurence M Smith - coralville, IA

“Thinking and praying for the Weeks family during this difficult time. I was honored to get to know the Weeks family during Katie's dance years. God...Read More »
13 of 13 | Posted by: Shelly Pollock - Belton, MO


Bill Weeks, 83, of Grinnell died May 11, 2012, at St. Francis Manor in Grinnell.

A memorial service has been scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 16, at the Grinnell United Methodist Church with Rev. Len Eberhart officiating. Organist will be Terrence Blain and vocalist Lisa Henderson. Other music will be provided by Tim and Patrick Weeks. A family burial will be held on Wednesday at Hazelwood Cemetery in Grinnell.

Visitation with the family present will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 Tuesday evening at the Smith Funeral Home in Grinnell.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Grinnell United Methodist Church or St. Francis Manor Activity Fund.

Bill was born July 11, 1928, in Indianola, Iowa, the son of Boyd and Ina Kennedy Weeks. He was raised in Indianola and graduated from Indianola High School. He completed his Bachelor's degree at Simpson College in 1950 and later completed his MA degree and Specialist in Education at Drake University.

He taught social studies and held some coaching duties in New Virginia, Iowa following his education and then in Grinnell in 1954. He later became principal at the Grinnell Junior High School and later at the Grinnell Senior High School. He retired as an educator in 1969, and began his long-career at Ramsey-Weeks in Grinnell as a realtor. He retired from there in 2008.

Bill was married to JoAnn McClymond from 1949 to 1973 and to this union four sons were born, Dan, Tim, Patrick and Jason. On February 14, 1974, he was united in marriage to Joyce Barr-Myer, in Waterloo. The couple had one daughter, Katie.

Bill was a member of the Grinnell United Methodist Church and was active as a trustee. He was a 50 year member of the Masons, a member of the Kiwanis and Fortnightly Clubs, and sang in the men's Glee Club. He was a long-time member and supporter of the Grinnell Golf and Country Club and served as co-chair with his wife, Joy, of the Grinnell College town and gown. He was active in many civic affairs in Grinnell, most notably Greater Grinnell Development Corporation, Grinnell Chamber of Commerce, and Iowa Valley Community College Board. He was a mentor to many people and enjoyed making a difference in people's lives. Always thinking of others he was a proficient fund raiser, he believed in causes larger than self. He was kind-hearted, very sensitive, and deeply committed to his family and much loved by his family. He was competitive as an athlete and loved music. Among his favorite pastimes were golf and reading.

He is survived by his wife, Joy of Grinnell; four sons, Dan of Galena, Illinois, Tim (Anna) of Rochester, New York, Patrick (Jeaneal) of Cedar Rapids, and Jason of Iowa City; one daughter, Katie (Kevin) Cook of St. Louis, Missouri; six brothers and sisters, Jerry, Shirley, Betty, Dixie, Judy and Jim; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents.

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