Dr. William C. Drier

Apr 18, 2017
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11:00 a.m. Friday, April 21, 2017 at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 608 West Fourth St., Waterloo     


9:30 a.m. until service time Friday, April 21, 2017 at the church     


Waterloo Cemetery     


Cedar Valley Hospice     


Dr. William C. "Bill” Drier, 98, of Waterloo, died Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at the Cedar Valley Hospice Home.

William Clarence was born October 16, 1918 in Three Oaks, Michigan the son of Clarence and Helen Dietrick Drier.  He graduated from Three Oaks High School in 1936; he received his BS Degree in 1940 from Kalamazoo College and his MD from Wayne State University in Detroit in 1943.  Bill married Dorothy "Tod" Bartholomew May 25, 1945 in Detroit, MI. She passed away.  He married Helen Palmer Petersen, November 24, 1984 in Waterloo and she passed away.

Dr. Drier interned and served his Residency at Detroit Receiving Hospital. He joined the practice of Dr. Rohlf and Dr. Thompson in 1947; he served the last 5 years of his career as the Staff Physician with the Family Practice Center retiring in 1990.

Dr. Drier served in the United States Navy during World War II aboard the hospital ship USS Bountiful and witnessed two atomic tests in the Bikini Islands following WW II.  He was discharged September 23, 1947 as a Lieutenant.

He was a member of First Congregational United Church of Christ where he was a member of the Board of Trustees for many years.  He was a member of the American Medical Association, Black Hawk County and Iowa Medical Societies, and Tokyo Bay Medical Society.  He enjoyed golfing hitting four holes in one.  He also enjoyed tennis, growing roses, and traveling.

Survivors include a daughter Holly (David) Heiser of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin; two sons: Bill Drier, PhD of Waterloo, and Jim (Margaret) Drier of Wilmette, Illinois; 8 grandchildren and 10 great‑grandchildren.  He is also survived by a sister Marian Drier of Mesa, Arizona. 

He is preceded in death by a sister Anna Lou Hausman.

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  1. Mary Schnell | May 11, 2017
    Rest in peace, Dr. Drier.  Thank you for your kindness.  You were one of the most benevolent men I ever knew.  Bless you and your family.
  2. Sandi drees | Apr 21, 2017
    I am very lucky to have known dr. For the short time i did...  always had a smile and a pleasant word to say. The world needs to have more selfless people like dr drier... 
  3. CHAD VAN DYKE | Apr 21, 2017
  4. K. Chien | Apr 21, 2017
    Such a wonderful man and doctor. He was truly exceptional and I'm glad to see he was blessed with a long life. Truly irreplaceable. 
  5. Dixie Billings | Apr 20, 2017
    This was one of the nicest men I ever knew.He was my customer at Greenwood Drug.I loved it when he came in.He was a ray of sunshine RIP Bill   Prayers are with you all Dixie Billings Sierra Vista Az.
  6. Teri Graham | Apr 20, 2017
    Dr. Drier was one of the kindest, most wonderful men I have ever known.  I just knew him through our church for the past 7 years but no finer man could you ever find.  He will be missed.
  7. Kim Cordes | Apr 19, 2017
    What a fine man that i was so lucky to know, he will truly be missed ... God bless

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