March 1, 1924 – September 17, 2013
Dr. William “Bill” Edward Erps, age 89, of Carroll, Iowa passed away on Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at Regency Park Nursing Home in Carroll.
Funeral service will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at St. John Lutheran Church in Carroll with Rev. Cindy Johnson officiating. Friends may call at the Dahn and Woodhouse Funeral Home in Carroll after 5:00 P.M. on Friday where there will be a prayer service held at 7:00 P.M. The casket will be moved to the church at 8:30 A.M. on Saturday where visitation will resume until the time of service. Organist for the service will be Jan Potthoff. Vocalist for the service will be Jeff Hughes singing “Going Home” and congregational hymns will be “Eagles Wings” and “Precious Lord Take My Hand”. Casket bearers will be Jennifer Harding, Michael Erps, Heather Wagner, Kayla Erps, Amanda Erps, Connor Erps, and Brody Erps. Burial will be in the Arcadia Cemetery with military honors conducted by the Arcadia American Legion. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials be made to St. Anthony Hospice or St. Anthony Regional Hospital and may be left at the funeral home or the church.
Born at home ½ mile East of Arcadia on March 1, 1924, he was the son of Edward O. and Ellen (Axford) Erps. William attended Arcadia High School and graduated in 1941. He did farm work, drove trucks, and worked road construction until going into the Army Air Corps from 1943 to 1946 as a B-24 bomber mechanic. William graduated from Buena Vista College in 1950 and married Leona Meyer the same year. William taught school at Grimes and Aurelia, Iowa prior to attending the University of Iowa College of Medicine, graduating with an M.D. degree in 1958. Following his internship in Des Moines, except for five years in Colorado and two in Remsen, William was a family physician in the Storm Lake area. He was a member of county medical societies, the Academy of Family Practice, the American Medical Association and the American Legion post 694 in Arcadia. His wife, Leona, died in 1988. He married Kathryn Hawks on July 25, 1990. After retiring in 1999, he and Kathryn moved to Carroll. William loved his wife, children and family, the medical profession, and ballroom dancing. He appreciated and enjoyed gatherings with his friends. He was grateful for the chance to go to medical school, having a great immediate and extended family, and for living and working in the great state of Iowa.
William is survived by his wife Kathryn, two daughters Diane Erps of Wheat Ridge, Colorado and Doreen Wyatt of Englewood, Colorado; three sons: Donald Erps and his wife Julie of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Douglas Erps and his wife Brenda of Grimes, Iowa, and David Erps and his wife Jalyn of Lyons, Colorado; seven grandchildren; two great grandchildren; his step children; Ed Hawks and his wife Jane of Underwood, Iowa, Kay Flemmer and her husband Dwight of Polk City, Iowa, and Gayle Coon and her husband Scott of Manning, Iowa; six step grandchildren; three step great grandchildren; two sisters: Elaine Berge and her husband Cal of Carson City, Nevada and Ruth Buddenhagen and her husband James of Humboldt; a brother Robert Erps and his wife Wanda of Arcadia; and several nieces and nephews. William was preceded in death by his parents Ellen and Edward, a sister Lois Hill and two infant grandsons.Information provided by: Dahn & Woodhouse Funeral Home
705 N. Carroll St.
Carroll, Iowa 51401