R. William "Bill" Staebell

Jul 12, 2019
Staebell, Bill Crop


Mass of Christian Burial: 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 16, 2019, at St. Edward Catholic Church in Waterloo.
1423 Kimball Avenue
Waterloo, IA  50702


4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Monday, July 15, 2019 at Locke Funeral Home with a 7:00 p.m. Vigil Service; and for an hour before services at the church


Mount Olivet Cemetery, Waterloo


Cedar Valley Catholic Schools or Cedar Valley Hospice


R. William "Bill" Staebell, 84, of Evansdale, died Friday, July 12, 2019 at the Cedar Valley Hospice Home in Waterloo.

He was born April 22, 1935, in Waterloo, the son of William and Clara Schons Staebell. Bill attended Dunkerton, Jesup, OLVA schools, and graduated from St. John’s Catholic High School in Independence. He married Marlene Sheldahl July 30, 1956 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Waterloo. He was the founder, owner, and CEO of Town and Country Home Improvement of Waterloo from 1961 until the present.

He served on the Elk Run City Council and was an original Board member of the Evansdale Bank, which is now First Security State Bank, starting in 1962 until the present. He was a member of St. Edward Catholic Church where he was active in the Resurrection Choir. He was also a member of Knights of Columbus, and Waterloo Elks Club. Bill enjoyed spending time with grandchildren and attending their events. He also enjoyed playing tennis, boating, traveling, and hunting.

Bill is survived by his wife, Marlene Staebell of Evansdale‚ IA; 5 children: Debbie (Terry) Gross of Dubuque‚ IA, Tim (Sharon) Staebell of Chipley, FL, Jeff Staebell (Andy Snyder) of Des Moines‚ IA, Scott (Lisa) Staebell of Hudson, IA, and Lisa (Joel) Dalrymple of Waterloo‚ IA; 11 grandchildren: Kate (Tommy) Lange, Megan (Michael) Berns, Janifer, Joey, and Tyler Staebell, Abby, Alec, and Anna Staebell, Allison, Ben, and Grace Dalrymple; 4 great grandchildren: Addison, Jack, and William Lange, and Maria Berns; 3 sisters, Stephanie Staebell of Eden Prairie‚ MN, Mary Perrin of Kansas City‚ MO, and Rita (Mark) Rosauer of Le Claire‚ IA; a brother, Denny (Rita) Staebell of Waterloo‚ IA; a brother-in-law, Lavern Sand of Independence‚ IA; 3 sisters-in-law, Helen Staebell of Mesa‚ AZ, Rosemarie Staebell of Des Moines‚ IA, and Bonnie Hughes of Manchester, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents; 3 brothers Joe, Vince, and John Staebell; a sister, Jeanne M. Sand; 2 brothers-in-law, Bill Hughes and Roger Leone; and a sister-in-law, Patricia Lee.

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  1. Betty & Lou Kroenecke | Jul 20, 2019

    Dear Marlene and family,    We are sorry for your loss and we will miss our long time

    friend. We will always remember the last all class reunion and last conversation with

    you and Bill. It is very hard to lose a friend of over 50 years . We pray our next reunion

    will be as pleasant as all the others. Our prayers are with you all.

    Betty and Lou

  2. Denice A Nie | Jul 16, 2019
    Bill was a wonderful family man. He always had a smile and made me feel special.  I always loved my conversations with him.  I will always remember the effort he put into trying to teach me how to ski.  He raised a wonderful family and was proud of them.  He is now at peace with Jesus.  He will be missed by many.  We all need to count our blessings that he was a part of our lives.  I will keep your family in my prayers in the coming weeks.
  3. Jerry Soneson | Jul 16, 2019
    My deepest sympathies to Marlene and family.  Bill always brought a winning serve and laugh to our Early Bird Tennis group.  Every winter he'd spend several months down in Florida and work with a tennis pro down there and come back with a few more "tricks" up his sleeve.  I always enjoyed the discussions around coffee and donuts afterwards the best.  Bill's favorite line was always, "we can come here an disagree over politics and other stuff and still leave friends!"  I always admired that wonderful attitude toward discussion.  Bill was a great friend and I will miss him dearly.  May his spirit find that peace that passes all understanding, and may the peace of the Lord be with you all in the days and weeks and months ahead.
  4. Curt and Laurie Ungs | Jul 15, 2019
    Our condolences, it was our pleasure getting to know Bill and being a neighbor in Clear Lake, he is already missed.  
  5. Matthew Russell - Coralville | Jul 14, 2019
    I am sorry for your loss Marlene and family. I have fond memories of Bill from when I was your paperboy many years ago. I always enjoyed stopping by and chatting with him! May you and the family find peace and comfort during this difficult time.
  6. Stephen K Kennedy | Jul 14, 2019
    condolence to Staebell family! Always enjoyed Bill, a real fine man. Pleasure to bring him holy communion at Allen. 
  7. Cheryl Einsweiler | Jul 14, 2019

    Marlene and Family,

    First, let me thank you for allowing me to be a part of your lives and including me on Bill’sCaring Bridge page.   Bill was such fun, so down to earth, and I so very much enjoyed the time we spent together in Resurrection Choir.  He will be greatly missed at church   and in the community.  I   am just heartsick that I will not be back in time to be at his funeral  as  you share your memories of him, but please know that I will be with you in spirit  and sending my love.  

  8. Dr. Kent Miller | Jul 14, 2019
    My condolences to Bill's family. He was a pleasure to have known and trusted as his physician and friend. The Cedar Valley is a poorer place with his passing. My prayers are with you.
  9. Jean Galleger | Jul 14, 2019
     My condolences to you, Marlene and family.  Bill was a former classmate at O.L.V.A. and I always enjoyed talking with him at reunions.  Always a smile and a story to tell about school memories.  What a great guy to have known.
  10. Dorothy Kerns Wilson | Jul 14, 2019
    Our sympathies to your family. Bill was a classmate at OLVA way back when....He  was always gentle man and so pleasant to be around.
  11. Patricia blitz | Jul 14, 2019
    Our thoughts and  prayers are with you at this difficult time. Bill was a real asset to our community and will be sorely missed. 
  12. Clifford Highnam | Jul 13, 2019
    We will greatly miss “Wild Bill” on the courts of Early Bird tennis.  He had a winning smile, an inviting temperment and the heart of a true sportsman. Would that we could all play singles matches in our 80s; just remarkable. We will always remember Bill as a friend and think of him with fondness. 
  13. Harrison Cass | Jul 13, 2019

    We have gotten to know Bill and Marlene over the last several years and they have become good friends.  We already miss Bill. We also know he will be missed greatly among those in our Waterloo tennis group - both on the court and at coffee where we really enjoyed our comraderie with him. 

    Marlene, we treasure your friendship too and hope to see you soon, once things have settled down in your life. We are praying for you and your family. 

    Harrison & Felicia Cass

  14. Sandy and Jeff Plagge | Jul 13, 2019
    Our sympathy to your family. We were so privileged to become friends with both Bill and Marlene as well as many of the family members. We will always cherish those special memories from Clear Lake.  You are all in our prayers. 
  15. Tom | Jul 13, 2019
    Condolences and prayers.
  16. Tom and Marg Tomkins | Jul 13, 2019
    Condolences and prayers 
  17. Bruce, Theresa and Shane Meldahl | Jul 13, 2019
    We are so sorry for your loss. We always enjoyed talking to Bill as we walked by at the Harbourage. He was always very kind. Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time.
  18. Kevan and Shelley Cortright | Jul 13, 2019

    To Marlene and all the family,

    We are sorry you must endure the loss of Bill.He was a great pleasure to know and have some fun times with through the years. We will miss him but never forget his kind manner and love for his family. We send you our heartfelt sympathy and prayersfor support. God bless and give you strength.

    Sincerely, Kevan and Shelley Cortright and family

  19. Laura Kress | Jul 12, 2019
    My sympathies to the family.  Debbie and Timm, my thoughts and prayers go out to you and all the family.

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