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William James "Bill" Paris
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Birth: Jun. 6, 1928
Death: Jan. 22, 2009

William "Bill" Paris, 80, died Thursday January 22, 2009, at the Great River Medical Center in West Burlington due to respiratory failure.

Funeral Service will be 1 p.m. on Saturday, January 24, 2009, at the Wapello United Methodist Church. Reverend Sue-Ellen Sherman will officiate. A military burial by the Wapello VFW Glenn Allen Post No. 5166 will be held at Harrison Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 12 noon to 1 p.m. on Saturday, January 24, 2009, at the church. In lieu of flowers, the family will direct memorial contributions to Louisa County Trees Forever which aims to plant and care for trees or the Louisa County Conservation Board. The Dudgeon-McCulley Funeral Home at Wapello is providing the care and arrangements.

William was born on June 6, 1928, in Davenport, the son of Max J. and Matilda Gallagher Paris. He was raised by his maternal grandmother after the death of his mother during childbirth.

He graduated from Wapello High School and served two years in the U.S. Navy. After his time in the service, he returned to Wapello and married Beverly Hayes on July 23, 1950, in Wapello.

He spent 55 years farming in the Wapello area. He was a member of the United Methodist Church, the VFW Glenn Allen Post No. 5166, and the Izaak Walton League all of Wapello. He served on several boards of directors including Indian Hills Golf and Country Club, Farmers Elevator and the Louisa Mutual Insurance all of Wapello.

He was an avid outdoorsman spending many hours with family and friends hunting, fishing, camping, boating and golfing. Isaac Walton and Ducks Unlimited benefited from his involvement. He attended countless Wapello High School athletic events including football, basketball and baseball games.

He enjoyed family gatherings at Lake Red Rock including the viewing of inspiring sunrises and sunsets across the lake. Travel highlights included trips to the Rose Bowl, Alaska, Hawaii and a cruise through the Panama Canal.

He enjoyed attending his granddaughters' school activities. At state fair time, he could be found sitting in the state fair pavilion watching his granddaughters show quarter horses.

In his later years, he invested time in his large garden which yielded abundant produce he shared with many people. He spent time doing various kinds of needlework which were recently displayed at the State Bank of Wapello. He loved attending the University of Iowa Hawkeye Football games and especially enjoyed the 2008 season.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Beverly Paris; three sons, Douglas Paris and wife, Becky, of Ames, Allan Paris and wife, Sandy, of Runnells, Richard Paris and wife, Jennifer, of Knoxville; four granddaughters, two step-grandsons, two step-granddaughters and a step-great-granddaughter.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Family links: 
  Max Johnson Paris (1895 - 1974)
Harrison Cemetery
Louisa County
Iowa, USA
Created by: Patsy Steele
Record added: Jan 24, 2009
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William James Bill Paris
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William James Bill Paris
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