In Memory of William L. Schirrmacher

William L. Schirrmacher
William L. Schirrmacher
Born: March 27, 1930
Died: October 1, 2020
Age: 90
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William L. Schirrmacher
March 27, 1930 - October 1, 2020
From: Ida Grove, IA

William Ludwig Schirrmacher, age 90, of Ida Grove, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, October 1, 2020, at his residence of Ida Grove, Iowa.

A Private Family Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, October 10, 2020, at the Christensen-Van Houten Funeral Home of Ida Grove, Iowa. Committal Services are open to the public and will be held at 3:00 p.m., Saturday, October 10, 2020, in the Ida Grove Cemetery of Ida Grove, Iowa. A Visitation will be held on Friday, October 9, 2020, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Christensen-Van Houten Funeral Home in Ida Grove, Iowa.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, masks are encouraged and social distancing rules apply. The Christensen-Van Houten Funeral Home of Ida Grove, Iowa, is in charge of the funeral arrangements.  Condolences may be sent online at

William Ludwig “Bill” Schirrmacher was born on March 27, 1930, in Marcus, Iowa, to Gustav and Dora (Kruse) Schirrmacher. At the age of 10, he drove a tractor to aid the family in their move to his forever home on a farm outside of Ida Grove, Iowa. He was an amazing athlete assisting his high school basketball team to victory as their center. He loved everything sports! He was a first-generation American with parents from the “old world.” This resulted in interesting stories and interactions with family members from Germany and those that had immigrated. 

In 1959 while working for Ruth and Karl Hoffman, he met the love of his life, Joan Graham, at the Western Stock Show in Denver, Colorado. Joan was showing the calf and Bill was the stockman.  They were married on September 18, 1960. They had seven children: Richard, Ronald, Susan, Shari, Randy, Roland and Sandy Jo.

Bill worked with his father on the family farm. In 1970, he and Joan purchased the farm from his parents. The two of them created a great farm life. As the children grew older and assumed more responsibilities, Bill started working for Midwest Industries. Later in life, he then transitioned to landscaping for GOMACO and driving a truck for CPS. Bill never formally retired as he could never sit and idle.

His greatest joys in his life were watching his children participate in their various activities. He was an active 4-H leader for the Corwin Go-Getters and assisted many a young man through their teenage years! He was always there to answer a question or offer a suggestion. 

As the family matured, the children married: Tom, Jan, Steve, Jason, Andrea, Kristi, and Jeff. This resulted in 14 grandchildren: Ryne (Kristin), Brad (Reese), Teel (Ashley), Brandon, Kalie (Coley), Tyler, Skye, Stephanie, Jacob, Jace, Emma, Sadie, Will and Dain. Having 14 grandchildren, Bill delighted in spending time attending their sporting events and activities. Bill was the proud great grandpa of Jackson, Elyse, Hanna, and Laine with more on the way.

As work life slowed down, it was replaced by the activities of the grandchildren; assisting Ron, Jan, and Brandon with the farm; visiting children in Colorado and Washington state; and his late brother and sister-in-law, Wendell and Darlene, in California. He liked to travel but relished the farm and his home on the land! Bill liked all things lemon whether it was bars, juices, or other variations. Joan and Bill filled the later years with jigsaw puzzles, going to the casino and playing the machines, playing cards, sitting on the driveway watching the cars drive by, kitties playing, and going to coffee.



Private Family Services
Saturday, October 10, 2020
Christensen-Van Houten Funeral Home
Ida Grove, Iowa


Ryne Schmidt
Brad DePold
Teel Schmidt
Brandon Schirrmacher
Tyler Magner
Jacob Magner
Jace Schirrmacher
Will Schirrmacher
Dain Schirrmacher

Honorary Pallbearers
Kalie DePold
Skye Schmidt
Stephanie Magner
Emma Schirrmacher
Sadie Schirrmacher


5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Friday,
October 9, 2020
Christensen-Van Houten Funeral Home
Ida Grove, Iowa


Open to the Public
3:00 p.m., Saturday,
October 10, 2020
Ida Grove Cemetery
Ida Grove, Iowa

*Masks and social distancing are encouraged.


Wednesday, October 7, 2020 at 10:40 AM
“Very sorry for your loss Roland, Prayers to you and your family at this difficult time. ”
- Cheryl Newman
Wednesday, October 7, 2020 at 10:40 AM
“Dear Joan and family, I was so sorry to hear about Bill’s death! You have my deepest sympathy! Your comfort is in knowing that he rests in our Heavenly Father’s arms! God’s Blessings! Joan Petersen”
- Joan K. Petersen
Wednesday, October 7, 2020 at 10:40 AM
“We are so sorry for your loss. ”
- Clint & Holly Miller
Tuesday, October 6, 2020 at 11:43 AM
“I’m so sorry for your loss. I never had the opportunity to meet him, but I know he must have been a very special person, by knowing what wonderful children and grandchildren he had. My thoughts are with all of you. Cherish all those memories you have! ”
- MM
Tuesday, October 6, 2020 at 11:43 AM
“Sorry to hear about Uncle Bill’s passing! Always remember the fun and good times! You are all in my thoughts and Prayers!!!”
- Karen Belstene
Tuesday, October 6, 2020 at 11:43 AM
“So sorry for your loss. Bill will be missed in our neighborhood. We have many fond memories.”
- Clay and Kim Miller
Monday, October 5, 2020 at 11:57 AM
“Aunt Joan and family! I am so sorry to hear about the passi over timeng of Uncle Bill. He was such a caring person. I will be praying for you all. I pray that over time that the pain of losing him will ease. May God be with you! Love!”
- Barb Belstene
Monday, October 5, 2020 at 8:53 AM
“I am sorry for your loss. You have my deepest sympathy. ”
- Keith Belstene
Monday, October 5, 2020 at 8:53 AM
“Aunt Joan and cousins, My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time. Uncle Bill was a great man and have fond memories of spending time with the families "back in the day". Sorry for you loss.”
- Julie R. Belstene
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