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“While I never met him, I admired Bill for his dedication to local social service organizations. His Letters to the Editor reminded one and all of the...Read More »
1 of 17 | Posted by: Ellen McCabe - Iowa City, IA

“I am sorry for the loss of your dad. Bill was always so sweet and was such a joy to see in our office. I admired him for caring for his older...Read More »
2 of 17 | Posted by: Dennis Krueger - Homestead, IA

“I am sorry for the loss of your Dad. I was always glad to see him at our office, and especially at his last visit. Bill was always so very nice. ”
3 of 17 | Posted by: Dennis Krueger - Iowa City, IA

“Bill was such a sweet man. He came to my previous job and was always smiling and telling stories and I was sad to leave that job and still asked...Read More »
4 of 17 | Posted by: Ashleigh - Iowa City, IA

“We were so sad to hear of Bill's passing. He was one of our regulars and all the employees loved chatting with him. His smiling face and attitude...Read More »
5 of 17 | Posted by: Riverside McDonald's Crew - IA

“Dear family,Bill was my principal at Central JrHigh and became a life long friend. Whenmy sons and I enter the Rose Bowl stadium in 1986 he wasthere...Read More »
6 of 17 | Posted by: A friend

“I am so sorry for your loss. Your dad's friendship meant a lot to my son, Andy Small. He will be truly missed. Love Barbara Fjeldheim ”
7 of 17 | Posted by: Barbara Fjeldheim - Waterville, ME

“Bill will be sadly missed. He would stop into the shop to discuss whether or not the Hawkeyes were going to win. He would then tell us a story from...Read More »
8 of 17 | Posted by: Vic's Auto Body Repair - IA

“Mr. Bleeker was my teacher at Newhall, Iowa. I do remember him as being very soft spoken and great teacher. Not sure if he taught my youngest...Read More »
9 of 17 | Posted by: J'Andrea Kolsto Gibney - Maynard, IA

“Debby - Sorry to hear about the passing of your Dad. It was always a thrill for me to see Bill at Finkbine. It was always a great to stop for a while...Read More »
10 of 17 | Posted by: Jerry Hora - Iowa City, IA

“Debbie & Bill~ Please know your whole family is in my thoughts and prayers. Your parents were amazing people. The love that I seen between the two of...Read More »
11 of 17 | Posted by: Lisa Urbanek - Belle Plaine, IA

“Dear Deb and family, so sorry for your loss. Bill Burch ”
12 of 17 | Posted by: Bill Burch - Iowa city, IA

“I was both Bonnie and Bill's dental hygienist for many, many years and will miss them both. It was a pleasure and an honor to get to know this...Read More »
13 of 17 | Posted by: Nancy Slach - West Branch, IA

“Bill was a great friend to my late parents and a great Hawkeye through good times and bad _ mostly bad when I was growing up. There were seasons when...Read More »
14 of 17 | Posted by: Steve Wine - Miami Lakes, FL

“It was my privilege to care for Bill at the hospital on 6 Roy Carver East. We shared many conversations about Iowa City, it's schools and it's...Read More »
15 of 17 | Posted by: Carrie Coburn

“Sorry to hear of Bills passing. He would come into Dermatology and have such great stories to tell. I believe he wanted to be with Bonnie. My...Read More »
16 of 17 | Posted by: Jill Bentley - Iowa City, IA

“Sorry to hear of Mr. Bleeker's death. He was my principal at Newhall High School many years ago and we have managed to stay in touch because of him....Read More »
17 of 17 | Posted by: Shirley Schmidt Nevins - TX

William C. "Bill" Bleeker, 89 of Iowa City died Saturday, February 20, 2016, at the Briarwood Health Care Center.

Memorial services will be held at 10:00 am Wednesday, February 24, 2016, at the Newman Center in Iowa City where Sunday parking ordinance will be in effect for parking around the church. There will be a time of light refreshments and visitation following the services. In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made in Bill's memory to Essence of Life Hospice. Online condolences may be sent for his family through the web @

Bill was born May 11, 1926, in Ackley, Iowa the son of William and Mary (McMannis) Bleeker. Following graduation from Ackley High School in 1944, he enlisted with the United States Marines, serving his country during WWII. Following his military service Bill married Bonnie J. Beamsley, and the couple settled in Iowa City where he attended and graduated University of Iowa with his BA and Master's degrees in Education.

This began a lifetime career in education as a teacher and administrator in several Iowa school districts, including serving as principal at Central Junior High School in Iowa City and assistant superintendent. He and Bonnie left Iowa City in 1975 for California where he was an assistant superintendent and later a lobbyist for the Long Beach Community School District. The couple returned to Iowa City in 1989 where they enjoyed supporting the Iowa Hawkeyes, renewing old friendships, and golfing, especially the 20-plus years he spent working at Finkbine Golf Course. Bill truly never knew a stranger, and anyone who met him would know of his absolutely uncanny memory, care for people regardless of circumstance, and devotion to his wife of 68 years.

Bill's family includes his two children, Debra Lawrence and William Bleeker Jr., 4 granddaughters, Kelly Lentsch, Tisa Johnson, Lanny Tygrett and Sadie Ary; and 11 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Bonnie (12/02/2015), and his twin sister, Betty.

Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service is caring for Bill's family and his services.