George Lowell "Bill" Willbrandt, 98, of Cherokee died on Nov. 6, 2007 in Remsen following a brief illness.
Memorial Services were held at 11 a.m. on Friday Nov. 9 at the Greenwood Funeral Home in Cherokee. Rev. Ethan Sayler officiated. Burial was in the Oak Hill Cemetery.
Bill was a lifelong resident of Cherokee, born July 24, 1909 to George and Ethel (Burch) Willbrandt. He attended school in Cherokee, and graduated from Wilson High School in 1927. He was united in marriage to Dorothy Love and had two daughters, Dolowa and Joan Willbrandt. In 1939 he married Lois Fellom and had one son, Terry Lowell Willbrandt.
Bill was employed by Iowa Public Service, now Midwest Energy, for 45 years and worked as a meter reader. He was a member of the Cherokee Fire Department from 1949 to 1970 and was an avid fisherman, hunter, and trapper known for his expertise in these outdoor sports. He was tireless in these endeavors, always teaching and sharing his passion and patience for these activities with family members and good friends. Bill enjoyed himself no matter the activity -- whether dancing, playing cards or meeting with his friends at the community center for lunch. He also had a great love for the music of Guy Lombardo. Bill's compassion for his family and friends was limitless and his kindness and generosity will not be forgotten. Bill was a member of the Memorial Presbyterian Church in Cherokee.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Lois Willbrandt, a daughter Dolowa Wilson, a sister Marjorie Glassmaker, and two brothers Edwin and Dale Willbrandt.
Bill is survived by one daughter, Joan Hollister of Lincoln, Calif.; one son, Terry Willbrandt of Cherokee; eight grandchildren, Kit Anderson, Mike Hollister, Kelly Ortiz, Kris Marcucci, Tim Hollister, Pat Hollister and Thomine Wilson all of California, and Con Alan Wilson of Colo.; 10 great-grandchildren; two great great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, and dear friends.