William D. "Bill" Joens, son of William L. and Viola H. (Pfannkuch) Joens, was born February 4, 1939, in Manning, Iowa. He grew up in Manilla and graduated from Manilla High School in 1957.
In 1958, Bill enlisted with the U.S. Air Force and served in the Military Police at Okinawa, Iwo Jima and Travis Air Force Base until being honorably discharged in 1962. He then worked in California with Sears and Roebuck, before becoming an over the road truck driver, hauling all kinds of stuff out of Texas. In 1990, he returned to Manilla. He retired in 2001, but remained busy hauling lime and working security at Farmland.
On Wednesday, December 7, 2022, Bill passed away at Crawford County Memorial Hospital in Denison, Iowa, at the age of 83 years, 10 months and 3 days.
Bill was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and the American Legion. He enjoyed reading and golf.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents and two wives; Virginia passed away in Texas in 1988 and Ruth passed away in Manilla in 2001.
He is survived by his wife Carol Ann Joens of Manilla and her family.
In Loving Memory Of William "Bill" Joens
Memorial Service was held on Saturday, December 10, 2022 at 10:30 a.m. at the Trinity Lutheran Church, Manilla, Iowa with Reverend Jonathan Conner officiating.
Congregational Hymns "Be Still My Soul", "I'm But A Stranger Here" and "In The Garden" with Carolyn Kerkhoff, Organist
Military Honors by the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard and American Legion Post 132, Manilla, Iowa
Burial At A Later Date at Nishnabotna Cemetery, Manilla, Iowa
Darlene K. Van Meter wrote on Dec 9, 2022:
"Dear Carol Ann & family,
Bill was always Billy to me, he was my big cousin and I always looked up to him, literally. He always called me Kiddo even when I grew up. I will miss our yearly visits and our telephone calls. I pray God gives you peace in this time of sorrow.
Love and Prayers,
Allen & Carlys wrote on Dec 8, 2022:
"Carol Ann and Family,
Allen and I send you our most heartfelt love and sympathy. My favorite memory is how Bill would look up at the organ and wink at me especially when coming into the sanctuary. He appreciated music and shared his gift of singing generously. His death stings in our hearts while we wait to see him again in Heaven. My thoughts and prayers will be with you on Saturday. "