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William "Bill" Clayton Birchard

June 11, 1933 — November 18, 2021


     William Clayton Birchard, the son of Carl and Virta Isabell (Prentice) Birchard, was born June 11, 1933, in Lake Center, Iowa.  His childhood years were spent in Spencer, where he received his education, graduating from Spencer High School in 1952.  He was a member of the 1st Spencer basketball team to earn a trip to the State Tournament.

     Bill married Gretchen Parks on July 6, 1957, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Spencer.  Following their marriage, they continued to live in Spencr, where he worked in the warehouse at M & JR Hakes in Laurens, IA.  He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Spencer.  He enjoyed golfing and spending time with his family.

     He passed away at St. Luke Lutheran Home in Spencer on Thursday, November 18, 2021, at the age of 88.  Bill was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Gretchen in 1997; his son, Carl; a grandson, Tyler Paul Tewes; and his siblings: Ralph, Ronald, Cecile Noteboom, Carol Williams, Ruby Hemmingson, Rose McGuire, Ruth Rupert and Carrie Tuttle.

     Left to cherish his memory are his children: Laurie (John) Tewes of Sioux Rapids, IA; Heidi (Sam) Chapman of Spencer, Gregory and his wife, LaDonna and Cari (Jeff) Crooks all of Spencer; 15 grandchildren: Matt (Shelby) Chapman, Emily (Chris) Axdahl, Adam (Sarah) Chapman, Jacob (Rochelle) Chapman, Brady (Kayla) Tewes, Jordan (Brooke) Tewes, Josh (Monica) Birchard, Jason Birchard, Nick (Michelle) Birchard, Nate Wise, Chris Wise, Ben Wise, Mike (Heidi) Crooks, Brandon (Brittney) Crooks and Phil (Alex) Crooks; 25  great-grandchildren; 2 sisters-in-law: Madelon DeVries and Lorraine “Sis” Birchard; other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held 10:30 A.M., Tuesday, November 23, 2021 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Spencer.
Father Tim Hogan
Bill's Grandchildren

Matt Chapman
Brady Tewes
Jordan Tewes
Josh Birchard
Jason Birchard
Nick Birchard
Nate Wise
Chris Wise
Ben Wise
Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services at Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
Riverside Cemetery
Spencer, Iowa

Military Services will be conducted by the Spencer American Legion and VFW following the funeral services at the church.

A lunch and time of fellowship will be held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Spencer immediately following the graveside services.
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