March 7, 1924 – September 22, 2013
William “Bill” Gilligan, 89, died Sunday, September 22, 2013 at Spurgeon Manor in Dallas Center. His funeral will be 10 a.m., Friday, at Merle Hay Funeral Home. His family will greet friends from 6-8 p.m., Thursday, at the funeral home.
Bill was born March 7, 1924 to Roger and Mary Gilligan in Jefferson, Iowa. He attended country schools in Greene county. Bill attended high school in Churdan, Iowa.
Bill started working for Pioneer Hi-Bred Corn Company in September 1945. He worked for the farm department and later became Farm Manager. He retired in September 1986. He had 41 years at Pioneer. Bill was a life member of the American Quarter Horse Association. He was a member of the Iowa Quarter Horse Association, Percheron Association and the Belgian Association. Bill was a director of district 5 Iowa Quarter Horse Association at different times. For several years, he was the Ring Steward at the State Fair for the Quarter Horse Classes and the Western Classes. Bill was inducted into the Iowa Quarter Horse Hall of Fame in 2007. His greatest pleasure was spending time with his grandchildren.
Bill is survived by his wife of 70 years, Wanda; daughters, Suzanne Evans of Mingo and Marilyn Noe (Donald) of Prescott, Arizona; granddaughter, Jolene Frakes of Jones, Oklahoma; grandsons, Bart Edmundson of Granger, Martin May, Randall May, Ronald May, Phillip May, Will May and Dan May of Florida. He is also survived by three sisters: Ann Thor of California, Gertrude Naber of Des Moines, and Pauline Schuessler of Washington, Iowa; three brothers: James Gilligan of Missouri, Dan Peters of West Branch, and Michael Gilligan of Arkansas; as well as 20 great-grandchildren and seven great-great grandchildren.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents; grandparents; sister, Catherine Thomas and brother, Roger “Bud” Gilligan; and granddaughter, Elizabeth Snyder.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Grimes Rescue in Grimes, Iowa.Information provided by: Merle Hay Funeral Home 4400 Merle Hay Road Des Moines, IA 50310 www.meaningfulfunerals.net