William 'Bill' Belzer

Died: Sun., Jan. 10, 2016


Visitation

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Wed., Jan. 13, 2016
Location: Dudgeon-McCulley


Funeral Ceremony

10:30 AM Thu., Jan. 14, 2016
Location: Dudgeon-McCulley


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William “Bill” Glen Belzer, 67 of Williamsburg, Iowa, and former Iowa County Engineer, originally of Wapello, Iowa, died Sunday, January 10, 2016 in his home surrounded by his family.
Bill was born September 2, 1948 in Iowa City, Iowa. He was the son of C.L. “Bill” Belzer and Betty Jean (Coakley) Davis. He married Carla Rae Grim on August 12, 1967 in Wapello, Iowa. He graduated from Wapello Community High School in 1966, and received his degree in Civil Engineering from Iowa State University in 1972. Bill worked in civil engineering as a consultant, for private building companies, in research and development, and in the public sector building roads and bridges. Bridges were his passion. His children vividly remember how even family vacations were routed by construction maps so he could “inspect” the latest bridges along the way. Over the span of his career, Bill was licensed as a Professional Engineer in nearly every state in the US until he retired in October 2014.
Bill also loved being a Gideon. Getting God's word into every person's hands was a top priority to him. Even after being diagnosed with cancer, he still insisted on visiting the campus in Iowa City to help the Gideons deliver Bibles. He was not a preacher, but he spoke on the Gideon's mission at many different churches. Bill also volunteered his time to teach advanced math classes on his lunch hours to students at Mt Pleasant Christian School.
Bill was always there to help without being asked, whether fixing a porch, cleaning a flooded basement, blowing insulation in an attic, or roofing a house, he helped where he could.
Every game Bill played was for “the championship of the world” whether it was the final football game against Columbus Jct his senior year, or a game of Uno with his grandkids, never conceding defeat without issuing another challenge. He taught his family to never give up. He loved helping his kids and grandkids with their math problems and even made up his own math and logic problems to solve for fun. Bill had a great sense of humor, loved playing with his grandkids and feeding them candy much to their parents dismay. He taught his family to be lifetime Chicago Bears fans.
Bill loved babies and volunteered in the church nursery. He felt as if they were all his. Most of all, Bill loved the Lord and was committed to Him, raising his children to love Him too.
Surviving are his wife of 48 years, Carla Belzer of Williamsburg, daughter Terisa (Travis) Lingafelter of Newton, IL, son Nathan (Rebecca) Belzer of Wapello, Iowa, son Trevor (Karla) Belzer of Dixon, IL, six grandchildren Whitney, Wyatt, Tabitha, Elijah, Owen and Evan. Other survivors include his father CL. “Bill” Belzer of New Boston, Missouri, brother, Terry (Sylvia) Belzer of Wapello, Iowa, several aunts and uncles as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death by his grandparents, his mother Betty Davis, step-mother Charlotte Belzer and his infant son.
The funeral ceremony for Bill Belzer will be held at 10:30 AM on Thursday, January 14, 2016, at the Dudgeon-McCulley Funeral Home in Wapello with Pastor Rod Cooper officiating.  Burial will follow at the Wapello Cemetery which will be followed by a lunch gathering at the United Methodist Fellowship Hall in Wapello.
The family will meet friends on Wednesday from 5:00 to 7:00 PM at the Dudgeon-McCulley Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, we ask all memorials go to Gideon's International, Iowa City Hospice or Mt Pleasant Christian School.

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Gary Hixson
   Posted Tue January 12, 2016
I never knew Bill but, knew Carla and her family (Grims) very well. Knowing Carlas' family makes me feel like I knew Bill. Reading Bills' Obituary tells me he was such a a man of great compassion and love. My heart goes out to the Belzer family. May the touch of God allow them time to heal and always - always carry Bills' memory. I have to believe it lives on in Carla, the kids and grandkids. Gods' many blessings at this time. Gary and Beth Hixson, Knoxville, Tennessee

elizabeth poe
   Posted Tue January 12, 2016
my condolences to you & your family terry. brings back a lot of memories when you two were little.

Blaine Poland
   Posted Tue January 12, 2016
Very sorry for your loss, Terisa.

Nelson Smith
   Posted Tue January 12, 2016
My prayers and sympathies from the First Baptist folks in Columbus, MS.

Robert and Edith Huedepohl
   Posted Tue January 12, 2016
Our condolences to you and your family. We were pleased to know Bill as a neighbor and friend. He had a great personality and he will be missed by all of us.

Lynn (Belzer) Reese, Iowa Dot
   Posted Wed January 13, 2016
I never knew Bill's family, but I did work with him from time to time. I always thought it was interesting that our last names were the same. You all have my deepest sympathy. Lynn Reese

Ray Garringer, Chair Iowa County Board of Supervisors
   Posted Wed January 13, 2016
RIP Bill

Your service to Iowa County will never be forgotten. Although you were with us a short time you leave a lasting impression on Iowa County. I will never forget our phone conversation as you were going into surgery almost 2 years ago. You told me “I still have things I want to get done”. You were not thinking of yourself but the County. I was proud to work with you.

LuAnn Fischer
   Posted Wed January 13, 2016
I am so sorry for your loss. Our son Wade was Bill's first math student @ Mt Pleasant Christian School. He taught Wade Pre Calc & Trig during Wade's senior year. Bill was not only a wonderful teacher for Wade but served as a GREAT example of what a Godly man looks like. I know Bill was very fond of Wade. He always referred to Wade as "our baby" when asking about him. We are well aware of the effort Bill made for Wade & his education. Bill also became a wonderful friend to our family. Encouraging our small business and drawing up some designs for a new building for us. We absolutely loved Bill. He will be very missed, but the lessons he taught us will be with us for a life time. Our prayers are with you & your family.

Doris & Crotty Griffin
   Posted Wed January 13, 2016
To know Bill was to love him, his smile, his personality, just to be his friend was a great gift, We had so many fun times when we were younger and so many great times. Carla and family our hearts go out to you and please know that others share your grief. May God Bless you in the years ahead. God had a place for Bill and he has gained his wings. Your angel will watch over you and your family till you meet again. RIP Bill

Pat Gipple Peay
   Posted Thu January 21, 2016
Carla,

I am so sorry for your loss.

Pat Gipple Peay

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