Celebration of Life Services: Monday, November 8, 2010, at 10:30 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Greenfield with burial in the Greenfield Cemetery. Full military graveside rites will be conducted by the Greenfield American Legion Head-Endres Post No. 265 and V.F.W. Post No. 5357. A luncheon will follow the burial at the church.
Open Visitation: Sunday, November 7th at the Steen Funeral Home in Greenfield from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Family Visitation: Sunday, November 7th from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. the family will be there to greet friends.
Memorials: To the Bill Ferguson memorial fund to be established later by the family.
Billy Paul Ferguson was born on March 16, 1930, in Guide Rock, Nebraska, the son of Paul and Inez (Hagen) Ferguson. He passed away on Thursday, November 4, 2010, at the Greater Regional Hospice Home in Creston, Iowa, at the age of 80.
Bill attended Eckley Elementary School in rural Guide Rock, Nebraska and then graduated from Casey High School in Casey, Iowa. He served his country in the U.S. Army from 1952 to 1954. He had a dairy route in Creston for four years and then moved to Greenfield where he had routes for Pepsi Cola and AE Dairy. On October 16, 1955, he was united in marriage to Verna Mae Gilbert in the Greenfield United Methodist Church. To this union four children were born, David, Doug, Natalie, and Melissa.
They owned and operated the Bowling Alley in Greenfield for a number of years and after selling it he went to work for the Greenfield School District, where he was the head of maintenance for thirty-two years, retiring in 2009. He enjoyed bowling, fishing, hunting, and being with his family.
He was a member of the United Methodist Church, American Legion, was a State Senior Bowling Association Board Member, served on the Zoning Committee, Greenfield Park Board, and was secretary for the Greenfield Bowling Association and the Atomic League.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son, David Ferguson; brother, Ron Ferguson; sisters-in-law, Delores Ferguson and Freda Shinn; brothers-in-law, Ted Shinn, Chuck Baier, and Wes Siglin.
He is survived by his wife, Verna Mae Ferguson of Greenfield; son, Douglas Ferguson and wife Nena of Rowlett, Texas; two daughters, Natalie Houtakker of Kansas City, Missouri and Melissa Stiles and husband Sean of Olathe, Kansas; four grandchildren, Stephanie Ferguson, O’Ryan Ferguson, Owen Houttaker, and Sawyer Stiles; brother, Bob Ferguson of Orient; two sisters, Marlene Mitchell and husband Jack of Greenfield and Kathie Welsch and husband John of Fontanelle; three sisters-in-law, Karen Ferguson of Adair, Frances Baier of Clarinda, and Velma Siglin of Woodward; other relatives and friends.