OBITUARY ~ DR. WILLIAM BURL ROUDYBUSH
November 12, 1918 ~ March 24, 2011
Dr. William Burl ROUDYBUSH, 92, of Muscatine, went to be with our heavenly Father, on Thursday, March 24, 2011, at the
University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Funeral Service will be 1:30 p.m. on Monday, March 28, 2011, at Wesley United
Methodist Church, 400 Iowa Avenue. Dr. Hal GREENE will officiate the service. Casket bearers will be Kevin BURNS, John
STAFFORD, William "Bill" STAFFORD, Andrew KELLETT, Shane Williams, Lucas HALDEMAN, Sam PAUL and Dave COY. Burial will
take place in Memorial Park Cemetery with Military Honors provided by the combined squads of the American Legion Post No.
27, and the V.F. W. Post 1565. Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, March 27, 2011, at the Ralph J.
Wittich-Riley-Freers Funeral Home, and from 10 a.m. until 12 noon on Monday, March 28, 2011, at the church.
Memorials may be made to Wesley Family Life Center or the Salvation Army.
Dr. William Burl ROUDYBUSH and his identical
twin, John Earl, were born on November 12, 1918, in rural Diagonal, Iowa, the sons of John and Madge GOODALE ROUDYBUSH.
As a child of the great depression he helped put food on the family table by working for 25 cents a day. He went on to
work as a farm hand; in a canning factory; a dairy; and as a Methodist Minister. He married Ruth VELDHUIZEN on April 2,
1941, in Granite City [Grant City?], Missouri. She preceded him in death in 1994.
He was a
U.S. Army veteran having
served during the height of World War II, on the European front. He participated in the allied takeover of the Ludendorf
Bridge at Remagen and also fought in the Battle of the Bulge.
He attended Central College in Pella, graduated from
Parsons College in 1947, and from the University of Iowa in 1953 with a Doctor of Medicine Degree. He served as a general
practitioner and surgeon in Muscatine from July 1, 1954 until October 31, 1988, where he delivered over 3000 babies.
William loved to play checkers and continued to defeat those over fifty years his junior. He also enjoyed playing any
card game, and spending time with his family and friends, especially his grandchildren. His retirement years were spent
farming with his son until age 90.
Those left to honor his memory include one son, Leland ROUDYBUSH and wife, Mary, of
Muscatine; five daughters, Joann BALLENGER and husband, Eldon, of Muscatine, Dorothy J. BURNS and husband, Jack, of
Muscatine, Laura WALTON and husband, Rick, of Iowa City, Carol KELLETT and husband, Dwaine, of Aledo, Illinois, and
Shirley PETERSON and husband, Dan, of Muscatine; 12 grandchildren, Beth SPAULDING, John STAFFORD, William "Bill" STAFFORD,
Kevin and Jenna BURNS, Sarah ROUDYBUSH HALDEMAN, Natalie and Shane WILLIAMS, Andrew KELLETT, Jennifer WOLFE, Lisa PAUL,
and Jill COY; 14 great-grandchildren; one great great-granddaughter; several step-grandchildren; and several nieces and
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; his twin brother, John Earl; one sister, Ruth HALEY; one
daughter, Diane; and one grandson, Eric PETERSEN.
Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, April of 2012
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