Wm. R. "Bill" Derr

Sep 9, 2020
Derr, William police


Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 AM on Monday, September 14, 2020 at St. Edward Catholic Church, Waterloo


1:00 PM to 3:00 PM Sunday, September 13, 2020 with a 2:30 PM vigil service at Locke Funeral Home, Waterloo


Calvary Cemetery, Waterloo, Iowa



Wm. R. "Bill" Derr, 92, of Waterloo, died Wednesday, September 9, 2020, at Rosewood Estate. He was born February 4, 1928, in Waterloo, son of Homer and Anne Crowley Derr.


Bill graduated from Waterloo East High School in 1948. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II in the Pacific Theater. Bill also served in the Korean Conflict.


He married Rose Elliot June 6, 1953, in Great Lakes, IL; she died October 9, 1994. Bill later married Roberta "Bobbi" Otstott October 25, 2012 at St. Edward Catholic Church in Waterloo. He was a police officer for Waterloo Police Department for 25 years, retiring in 1983 as patrol sergeant. After his retirement, he worked for Kies Electric Supply Company, retiring in 1987.


Bill was a member of St. Edward Catholic Church, former member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Waterloo American Legion Post #138, Evansdale AMVETS Post #31, Waterloo Police Protective Association, Iowa State Police Association, Chiefs of Police Association, and Waterloo Elks Club BPOE #290. He volunteered at Covenant Medical Center, American Red Cross Hawkeye Chapter, and Kimball Ridge.


He is survived by his children, Rosemary Woodruff‚ Lexington‚ KY, Daniel Derr and Rick Derr; his wife, Roberta Otstott‚ Waterloo; a grandson; a great granddaughter; and dear friends, Larry and Colleen Kress.


Bill is preceded in death by his parents; his first wife; and an infant daughter, Rebecca Anne.


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