January 22, 1954 – October 13, 2013
Shane (Sam) Edward Bills, age 59 of Mystic, Iowa entered into eternal life on Sunday morning, October 13, 2013 at Iowa Methodist Hospital, Des Moines, Iowa.
He was born on January 22, 1954 in Des Moines, Iowa, the son of Edward “Nip” and Shirley (Seals) Bills. Sam was raised in Des Moines. He was united in marriage to Connie Pollock on June 3, 1972 in Des Moines. He spent many years driving for the Yellow Cab Company. Sam later moved to Mystic to help operate the family business, The Mystic Auction House, where he and his brothers auctioneered. When the family business closed, Sam found himself auctioneering at Highway Five Auction, owned and operated by his good friends, Rob and Nedra Mudra.
Sam enjoyed gambling, playing cards, as well as calling for bingo. He often called bingo for the Mystic American Legion. Due to health issues, Sam was unable to auction or call bingo the last few years but he continued to attend auctions in order to buy and resell auction items. Sam enjoyed numerous other hobbies in his free time, including fishing with his kids and grandchildren, as well as camping with both family and friends. Most importantly, he cherished the time he spent with his friends and family, especially the grandchildren.
Sam is survived by his wife, Connie Bills of Mystic, Iowa; sons Jason “Bob” Bills of Des Moines, Iowa and Travis Bills of Centerville, Iowa; a daughter, Jill Jones of Plano, Iowa; grandchildren Payton Bills of Des Moines, Iowa, Noelle Bills of Centerville, Iowa and Nathan Jones of Plano, Iowa; brothers Walter Bills of Mystic, Iowa, Mark (Marcia) Bills of Centerville, Iowa, Dan “Boon” (Becky) Bills of Mystic, Iowa; sister-in-laws Gaylene (Bill) Rick of Des Moines, Iowa and Vickie Salsberry of Centerville, Iowa; a brother-in-law Marty Northway of Des Moines, Iowa; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Edward “Nip” and Shirley Bills; a sister-in-law, Judy Hayes; and a brother-in-law, Gary Bills.
Funeral services will be held at 11 AM, Thursday, October 17, 2013 at Lange Funeral Home and Crematory in Centerville with Pastor Michael McKissick officiating. A visitation will be held on Wednesday, October 16 at Lange Funeral Home and Crematory from 9 AM-8PM, with the family present from 6-8 PM. Burial will follow in the Elgin Cemetery, Mystic, Iowa. Memorials have been established to the family of Sam Bills and may be given to Lange Funeral Home and Crematory, 1900 S. 18th St., Centerville, Iowa, 52544. Condolences may be shared online at www.langefh.com.Information provided by: Lange Funeral Home 1900 South 18th Street Centerville, IA 52544 www.langefh.com