In Memory of

William L. 'Bill' Walsh

June 8, 1925 - February 12, 2010
William L. 'Bill' Walsh, the son of Joseph and Josephine (Brennan) Walsh, was born June 8, 1925, in Emmetsburg, Iowa. His childhood years were spent in Emmetsburg where he attended school and graduated from Emmetsburg Catholic High School in 1943. After graduation, Bill enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1944, and served during WWII and the Korean war. He was one of the original crew members on the USS Midway. Bill was honorably discharged from the Navy in 1951. In 2009 he was recognized for his service to his country by being invited to attend an Honor Flight trip to Washington, D.C. Following his military service, Bill attended college and received two Master's Degrees. On August 11, 1956, Bill was united in marriage to Gladys Connolly in Elk Point, South Dakota. Bill taught in South Dakota and Nebraska, before becoming the principal of Willow Community High School, where he taught for 28 years. He and Gladys volunteered at Mid Sioux Opportunities in Cherokee, Iowa, for over ten years. During their service, they were honored as 'Volunteers of the Year'. Bill was a member of the St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Quimby, Iowa for 47 years, where he was proud to be the first eucharistic minister. He was a current member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Cherokee, Iowa, and a member of the Knights of Columbus. Bill enjoyed reading, working puzzles, golfing, and attending various sporting activities in the area, especially those of his grandchildren. On Wednesday, February 12, 2010, Bill passed away at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City, Iowa, at the age of 84, after a brief illness with cancer. He was preceded in death by his infant son, Timothy William Walsh; parents, Joseph and Josephine Walsh; brother, James Walsh; and sister, Betty (Walsh) Fry. He is survived by his wife, Gladys A. (Connolly) Walsh; five children: Ann (Willie) Osborne of Sac City, Iowa; Timothy J. (Lee Anne) Walsh of Carlsbad, California; Amy (Felton) Brown of Houston, Texas; Jane (Kent) Roepke of Salix, Iowa; and Molly (Jim) Walsh of Arlington, Tennessee; 15 grandchildren: Sara (B.J.) Kolbe, Scot (Rhiannon) Osborne, Jeff Osborne, Patrick Walsh, Annabelle Walsh, Josephine (Josie) Walsh, Anthony Brown, Zane Brown, Caitlin Brown, Jake Brown, Megan (Josh) Johnston, Jaclyn Roepke, Allison Roepke, Kristina Walsh, and Rebecca Walsh; four great-grandchildren: Zachary Kolbe, Ty Kolbe, Katelyn Kolbe, and Talan Osborne; one sister, Mary (Dale) Simonson of Scottsdale, Arizona; as well as other relatives and many friends.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 A.M., Wednesday, February 17, 2010, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Cherokee.
Father Armand Bertrand
Scot Osborne Jeff Osborne Patrick Walsh B.J. Kolbe Josh Johnston Mike Henrich
Visitation will begin at 11:00 A.M., Tuesday, with the family present from 5:00-7:00 P.M. Tuesday night at Greenwood Funeral Home in Cherokee. There will be a prayer service starting at 7:00 P.M. Tuesday with a Knights of Columbus Rosary to follow also at Greenwood Funeral Home in Cherokee.
Organist- Judy Brown Soloist- Jean Walker Hymns- I.C. Funeral Choir
Quimby Cemetery Quimby, Iowa


Thursday, March 18, 2010 at 12:00 AM
“Sorry to hear about your loss, things will get easier you just have to take it day by day. Hes watching over you and your family, he will always be in ur hearts. take care ”
- Lindsay M Wright
Monday, March 15, 2010 at 12:00 AM
“My sincere condolences go out to the family of Mr.Bill walsh, As I knew him in school when he was principal of Willow, and also had Tim his son as classmate. MY family's prayers and thoughts go out to all of the Walsh family in this time of loss. God bless you all. ”
- Bruce Tuttle and Family
Wednesday, February 24, 2010 at 12:00 AM
“We are sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.”
- Craig & Jean (Haenfler) Schlinz
Friday, February 19, 2010 at 12:00 AM
“Gladys & family, when Toby called me on Tues. morning I couldn't believe what I was hearing. I'm so sorry for your loss. I've tried to call but couldn't even leave a message. I'm so glad Dave and I got to see you & Bill in December. He will be missed deeply. You all are in our thoughts and prayers. Love Judy & Dave”
- Judy N Bozarth
Wednesday, February 17, 2010 at 12:00 AM
“I received word of Bill's death through my class' internet grapevine and watched the video tribute. Even at this point, it seems strange to refer to Mr. Walsh, as Bill. Of course, the sad news of his passing caused me to reflect on his role in my life, those so many years / decades ago.

Like so many other people I have not seen for so long, Bill has remained forever in his 50's (the same age he was when I graduated high school) in my mind. It was nice to see the video and to least have a glimpse of the latter years of his life.

Of course, I'm also thinking of Amy, Tim and Molly, with whom I shared so much time at Willow. My sympathies go out to the entire family.

When I look back on Bill, I feel a great sense of authority. He was, perhaps, the largest non-family, authoritative figure who walked the the planet of my teenage life. I certainly always approached him with a degree of trepidation. Honestly, however, I can never remember a time when he wasn't fair, when he didn't begin or end a conversation with a chuckle and a grin, or when I felt like he didn't care. I may not have agreed with him, but I always knew he cared about all the kids in school.

I am very saddened by the news of his death. But I also know he made an impact in life, left a mark, improved the world in which he lived, and was obviously loved. He led the life we should all lead, but it is still sad to think that he has passed. The latent Bill Walsh momument that has stood in my mind since high school, however, remains, and I am grateful for his contributions to not only my success as a teenager but to my success as a person.

If I saw him today, I would simply say thanks. He would chuckle and grin and probably walk away with his hands in his pockets.”
- Jeff E. Grell
Wednesday, February 17, 2010 at 12:00 AM
“Dear Gladys and family,
I was saddened to learn of Bill's death and thta it was so sudden. He appeared to be in relatively good health last summer at the Brennan picnic so I was surprised to know he left us so soon. Of course, I have many fond memories of Bill as our mothers were sisters and we got together often for visits. He and my brother, Joe, were the same age and had a lot of good times together. The walsh family was very special to us and I would love to be with you to share some of our memories.
Please know you are all in our thoughts and prayers these days. A Mass will be offered soon in our chapel for Bill's happy entrance into Heaven.
Love and prayers,
- Sister Elizabeth M. Burns
Wednesday, February 17, 2010 at 12:00 AM
“Dearest Gladys and family,
My heart broke last night as mom told me the news. Mom found out from Toby on Tues. the 16th and called me right away. Bill will always hold a special place in my heart growing up right next door to your family. From the teasings to the love shown and always making me feel welcome whether I was just over visiting or staying the night with the girls. May you all find comfort in all your wonderful memories of your husband, father and grandpa. Love to you all and take care. I'm so sorry for your personal loss and a loss to the community.”
- Samantha (Conover) Miller
Wednesday, February 17, 2010 at 12:00 AM
“Our family was so very sorry to hear of Mr. Walsh's passing. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with each of you at this very sad time and thereafter. God bless!”
- Curtis & Charlotte Peterson Family
Wednesday, February 17, 2010 at 12:00 AM
“Gladys & Family, Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. We enjoyed working along with Bill those many years at Willow School. Bill was indeed a fine individual and he and family will always be remembered. Regards, Hap & Thelma & Family”
- Hap & Thelma Haenfler & Family
Wednesday, February 17, 2010 at 12:00 AM
“My sympathy, care and prayer for you all with the passing of your beloved into, remember, ~ Eternal Life.
Sorry I was absent from his Resurrection Mass today due to traveling. I did offer mass for him today 'here in the sun'. A wonderful, man ~ in all dimensions and notably in faith and faithfulness. He WILL Rest in Peace! Fr. Gene ”
- Fr. Gene Sitzmann
Wednesday, February 17, 2010 at 12:00 AM
“I am very sorry to hear of Bill's passing. he was a great principal and man who was always upbeat and had a friendly word and smile for me. He will be greatly missed. God Bless Gladys my thoughts are with you.

Jason Ravnsborg from Kandahar, Afghanistan.”
- Jason Ravnsborg
Tuesday, February 16, 2010 at 12:00 AM
“Gladys and family -- know that my heart is with you in your time of sorrow. I watched that beautiful tribute, so glad to see there were so many happy, loving times. Love, Maureen”
- Maureen L Fitzer
Tuesday, February 16, 2010 at 12:00 AM
“My deepest sympathies to the entire Walsh family! I have nothing but the fondest of memories of Bill. He was always so good to me & a tremendous support & champion for all of the students who passed through the doors of Willow during his time there!”
- Stacey Hempel
Tuesday, February 16, 2010 at 12:00 AM
“Gladys, I was so sorry to read of Bill's death in the Sioux City Journal. But he and you have had a good life and leave a lot of good memories for you and your family.It has been a long time since we have seen you, but I remember how we both enjoyed the two of you--Time flies! You are in my thoughts and prayers. With love,”
- Cathy L. Curry
Tuesday, February 16, 2010 at 12:00 AM
“Amy, Just wanted to let you know that I am thinking of you and your family in this time of sorrow. I have a life time of memories, you know he was like a dad to all of us. Even after 20 years of being graduated, when he seen me in public he still lectured me about life. He will be greatly missed.”
- Michelle King McCampbell
Monday, February 15, 2010 at 12:00 AM
“Adam and I are so very sorry for your loss. Our most sincere condolonces to you and your families. ”
- Sarah L Webster
Monday, February 15, 2010 at 12:00 AM
“With sincere condolences. Our prayers are with the Walsh family. Peace be with you.”
- Mark and Donna Byars
Monday, February 15, 2010 at 12:00 AM
“Gladys and family;
I am so shocked and sadden by the death of Bill! I know it must be quite a shock to you too. I want you to know how much we will miss his presence at the family picnics and I especially will miss being called,'mouse' I am so sorry that we will be unable to attend and pay our repects to Bill, but at the present time we are in Florida and won't be home until the first part of March. I will keep Bill and all of you in my prayers.”
- Betty and Tom O'Brien
Sunday, February 14, 2010 at 12:00 AM
“So sorry to hear that Bill passed away, we didn't know he was ill. We are unable to attend the funeral since we are in Arizona for the winter but our thoughts and prayers will be with you and your family.”
- Jim and Connie Jackson
Sunday, February 14, 2010 at 12:00 AM
“Was deeply saddened when Dwight called and said Bill had passed away. Don't know if I will be able to make it to the funeral. But if not, you will be in our prayers.”
- Douglas L. Johnson
Sunday, February 14, 2010 at 12:00 AM
“My condolences to Mr. Walsh's family. While I am unable to attend services, my thoughts will be with the family. I have fond high school memories of Mr. Walsh.
- Jeff Allbaugh
Sunday, February 14, 2010 at 12:00 AM
“Sending our heart felt sympathy to the Walsh family. Bill was well known and will be missed dearly.”
- Ronnie and Alisa Crumrine
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