William L. "Bill" Steward

  • Died: September 4, 2012
  • Location: Long Grove, Iowa

Halligan McCabe DeVries Funeral Home

614 Main Street
Davenport, IA 52803

Tel. (563) 322-4438

Tribute & Message From The Family

A Celebration of Life Gathering for William L. "Bill" Steward, 74, a resident of Long Grove, Iowa, will be held Saturday, September 8, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. at Don's Pub, 101 S. Main Street, Donahue, Iowa 52746. Visitation will be Friday, September 7, 2012 from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home, 614 Main Street, downtown Davenport. Bill died Tuesday, September 4, 2012 at his home after a brief illness.
William Leslie Steward was born on November 2, 1937 in Davenport, a son of Rudolph and Ella (Gronewald) Steward. He married Judy Galitz on May 11, 1960 at St. Ann's Catholic Church, Long Grove. Bill was employed for many years at Sivyer Steel, retiring in 2000, and as a North Scott Elementary School Bus Driver and RiverBend Transit Driver. He also worked on the family farm throughout his life.
Bill was a 44-year member of the Silver Spurs Saddle Club and enjoyed trail rides. Bill was a man of men who loved and lived for his wife, children and grandchildren. He was also a grandfather and father figure to many over the years.
Memorials may be made to the family.
Surviving Bill are his wife, Judy, Long Grove, children, Peggy S. Clasen, Long Grove, Paul W. (Laura) Steward, Long Grove, Patrick A. (Amy) Steward, Wheatland, IA; grandchildren, Destiny (Tony) Gerhardt, Ashley "Wild Child" Danielsen, Amber Dufloth, Autumn (Kyle) Danielsen, Bailey Garrity, Mark Steward, Shalyn Steward, Kolton Steward, McKalyn Steward; 6 great-grandchildren; sister, Millie Wallace, Davenport, brother-in-law, Dennis (Ruth) Galitz, Columbus Junction, IA, sister-in-law, Patricia Kroeger, Donahue; and his faithful companions, Mattie, Zoie, and his horse, Foxy. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Ralph and Robert "Butch" Steward and a daughter, Patricia. May they rest in peace.
Online remembrances and condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting Bill's obituary at www.hmdfuneralhome.com.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Dear Judy and family. We are so sad to hear of Bills passing. So many memories and fun at horse shows. Tell the kids hello from us.
Bettie and Bill Roggenkamp

Posted by Bettie and Bill Roggenkamp - Davenport, IA - Friends   October 11, 2012

Judy and family- I am sorry to hear of Bill's passing. It seems like so many of the familiar faces from the salebarn are no longer with us! You are all in my thoughts.

Posted by Jason Green - Iowa City, IA   September 25, 2012

I've been thinking about you so much today Grandpa, and I honestly don't know why. I am taking a break from all my homework because I am so stressed out, and I figured writing to you may lessen some of the stress. It has been so hard with you gone, and often on my walk home I find myself dialing grandma to ask how you are doing, then I realize that I can't ask anymore and it makes me so sad. Everything happened so fast but the good part of that it you didn't have to suffer, well everyone didn't have to watch you suffer. I may not have gotten to spend as much time with you as I would have liked, but every second I did spend with you was one to remember. I am going to miss walking into the room and hearing "whos your boyfriend these days shay," or "crash, what did you hit this?" Well I finally got that boyfriend" okay enough of the short break, you always told me how proud of me you were, so I better contiune to make you proud. By the way one last story, on the ride back to school the moment as I got tears in my eyes and thought about having to back after the terrible last week I had, I remembered the speech that was given and how you always said "roll the window down, turn the radio up, and just go" well these song lyrics came up on the radio, my tears changed to a smile and suddnely I realized I wasn't having to go back to school alone anymore, I had a perfect guardian angel by my side..my grandpa. I love you so much, and will never forget how blessed I was to have such a great man to call my grandpa.
Love you always forever and ever,
Crash :)

Posted by Shalyn - wheatland, IA - grand daughter   September 20, 2012

I worked with Bill at Sivyer Steel for many years, and knew him as a hard worker, always could be counted on for that "extra mile". I don't know his family, but you have our sincere condolences in your time of grief. It is obvious from what has been said of him that his life was well lived.

Posted by Hal Davis - Davenport, IA - co-worker   September 11, 2012

Dear Judy and family,
Janelle and I received a call over the weekend of Bill's passing.
We were saddened to hear this and send our deepest sympathy to all.
We lost touch over the years but remember Bill as a great guy, with a winning smile and great sense of humor.
We know he will be deeply missed by his family, friends and relatives.
May he rest in peace and peace to you all at this time of sorrow.
With love, Bill's cousins:
Janelle (Steward) Soenksen
Bev (Steward) La Bombard or "Stew" as Bill called me!!!!

Posted by Bev La Bombard - St Charles, MO - cousin   September 10, 2012

Bill has always been as much of a grandpa to me as my own just like it's always been hard to really distinguish the line separating the Clay family from the Steward family all these years. You all mean so much to me and all of my family. I'm so sorry I couldn't be there with you all this past weekend but please know that didn't mean you weren't weighing heavily on my mind. I'm sure that goes for any of it's that couldn't make the trip back. I'm so fortunate to have known Bill and grown up seeing what a real man is like. Love you all and paying for peace inside each of you knowing Bill is no longer in pain and sure to be showing them how to party up there ;)

Posted by Brooke Clay-VanOort - Purcell, OK - family friend   September 09, 2012

We want to extend our deepest sympathy. Jeff and I have many memories as a cousin and as co worker to your children. I am truly sorry that family has gotten lost over the years. But as children we had great fun on the farm at Uncle Rudy and Aunt Ella's the ducks the chickens and the cows. Also the card games on birthdays. We will truly miss him and send our love to his family. Thank you for being part of our lives.

Posted by Jeff and Janell Corbin - Homosassa, FL - Cousin and Co worker   September 08, 2012

Sorry for your loss. Love and prayers to you all.

Posted by Bob and Colleen Golden    September 07, 2012


Dear Dad,
You are the lifeline to my heart. Always standing beside and behind me. Dad, I always knew you were there, no matter the issue. Did not always like what you had to say, but you tried to point me in the right direction and accepted how I handled your advice. You are the kindest,most gentle person that life ever shared with all. TWO WORDS THAT DESCRIBE YOU, STRONG AND HUMBLE. So many many memories, but one that will always stay with me....Our last trailride and camp out together at Bellevue Horseman Club...End of June 2012.....Going down hiighway 61, 60mph, you have your window rolled down like always and Im sure music turned up......tire on camper blows out, you totally unaware....blaring down the highway...window down and arm out...pieces of tire flying everywhere.. Im honking and you are paying no attention....We are now to the rim, sparks a flying ....called you and we pull over.. get out the wonderful 2 ton jack and as usual, we pull out the pliers to jimmy rig this darn jack so it will work...I said.. damn it dad , do you ever have anything that works like it is suppose to. and you looked up at me, with your shit grin, and said works just fine...every little notch you moved up or down, you had to take take that darn pliers and twist it .....soso annoying......Dad you are just smiling away, sweat rolloin down your head and face...never complaining a word.....dad you said we would have a cold one when we got there.......and we did.....SATURDAY YOU RODE ON THE TRAILRIDE WITH ALL OF US....The pain you must have been in, yet not a complaint made, except not enough beer stops!!!....THANK YOU DAD FOR THAT LAST RIDE TOGETHER AND SHARING OF YOURSELF WITH US......Laura,Ashley,Destiny,Teri, myself and you dad......What a memory always.....The moral of this memory starts with the your famous words" roll the window down and turn the radio up"....That darn jack.......not broken, make it work with what you have.......And dont sweat the small things, no matter what... take time and enjoy what life has given you....


Posted by Peg Clasen - Long Grove, IA - Daughter   September 07, 2012

Bill was like grandpa to me when I was younger all the weekends spent at Silver Spurs he was a great man sorry I can't be there to say good bye

Posted by Amy Wilson Hogg - Longview, TX - Friend   September 07, 2012

I will always remember Bill from my years working with him at Sivyer. Always helpful and fun to be around which made our work more pleasurable. My sincere condolences to Judy, his family and friends. May he rest in peace.

Posted by Dan Fowlkes - Davenport, IA - Former co-worker   September 06, 2012

Bill and I were fast friends when we were kids. We were 2 years apart in age and
I spent many days on the farm when we were growing up.
Although we didn't spend much time together as adults, I always remember the curly headed Bill as a very true friend and a wonderful guy. Sometimes when we get older we lose track of our good friends.
I have though of Bill many times through the years and the fun we had as kids.
To his family I want to say that Bill was as good as they come. I know you will all miss him very much
I'll miss him too.
Larry Steward

Posted by Larry Steward - DeWitt, IA - Cousin   September 06, 2012