William C. Axline

Apr 16, 2020
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Private family services will be conducted. A video of the service is posted below.

A family-directed memorial service will be held at a later date. Cards sent to the funeral home will be forwarded to the family.




Garden of Memories Cemetery, Waterloo


May be directed to the family


William C. Axline, 87, of Evansdale, died April 16, 2020 at Cedar Valley Hospice Home in Waterloo. 

He was born on June 25, 1932 in Independence, Iowa; the son of Cecil William and Nada Mabel Cornwell Axline.

He married Shirley O. Stoner on November 9,1951 in Davenport, she preceded him in death on August 9, 1992. He married June Hickman on June 2, 2000 in Waterloo, she preceded him in death in 2008. 

William worked for John Deere & Co. until his retirement in 1989.

He was a member of Sons of AMVETS Squadron 31 in Evansdale. William enjoyed bowling, playing horseshoes, and camping.

He is survived by his five children: a daughter, Vicki (Bill Hanken) Brustkern of  Waterloo; a son, Jim (Angie Reeves) Axline of Cedar Falls; a daughter, Venessa (Robert) Gilson of Evansdale; a son, Jeffery Axline of Waterloo; a daughter, Val (Todd) Meyerhoff of Waterloo; a sister-in-law, Doris Axline of Washburn; his special friend, Pat Schlindwein of Waterloo; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

William was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Shirley; wife, June; a sister, Janine; and two brothers, Walter Axline and Buzz Axline.


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  1. Rose Luna | Apr 29, 2020

    To the Axline family. I am sorry for your loss. I pray God's comfort will ease your sorrow.

    God bless you all,

    Rose Brustkern Luna

  2. Randy Stone | Apr 21, 2020

    Bill always made me feel welcome. He truly was one of a kind. His sense of humor was unmatched. So many memories of he and Shirley and the rest of the Axline clan when I stayed with them when I was a youngster. My wife Jackie loved Bill!!!

    Rest in Peace

  3. Shayla | Apr 21, 2020
    planting flowers for you today grandpa. Give grandma an extra smooch for me. Love you forever<3
  4. Roberta Cahoe | Apr 21, 2020
    Our loving thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this sad time. But we know your dad is with your mom and all of his dad, Kenny Hinds, Earl Medsted, and Jake Jacobs..they are all having a great time and laughing loud when they hear your dad's laugh! God bless you all. From Bert & Paul 
  5. Theresa Braby | Apr 21, 2020

    When i think of Bill the first thing that come to my mind is his smile, then that wonderful laugh. He truly was a special  man. My heart goes out to you all!! RIP Bill 💕💕Love to you all! Theresa and Marty 

  6. Doreen Sturgeon | Apr 21, 2020

    Prayers for family and friends. An angel has left our earth and now lives in heaven.  Bill will be greatly missed. He was always so kind. We will miss his smile, his stories, his laugh.  We will miss him.❤️

    deepest sympathy to all.

    Doreen and Dan Sturgeon


  7. Cathy Axline | Apr 20, 2020

    I've known Bill and his family almost 40 years.  So many memories.  The door was always open to his family and friends.  Bill was the type of person who would give you the shirt off his back.  I loved his smile and laugh..I also loved to listen to his stories.  You will be missed by many.  I know you are at peace now.

    My thoughts and prayers are with your family as you get through this difficult time.

  8. Tom and Cindy Grafe | Apr 20, 2020

    Bill will be missed by many! So glad we got the pleasure to have met him. He made yiu feel like a lifetime friend from the first time meeting. We will miss his laughter, big smile and his trademark slogans of "You Betcha and By Golly" Rest in Peace Bill!

    May all your memories bring you comfort and peace.

    Our sympathy to you all,

    Tom and Cindy Grafe




  9. DeLonn Schlindwein McCall | Apr 20, 2020

    Sending our prayers to Bill’s family.  We will miss his laugh and willingness to be a part of our family. Awfully glad we got to know him.  You betcha!   ~ David, DeLonn, Adrian, & Diana

  10. Wes stoner | Apr 20, 2020
    You could never ask for a better brother-in-law R.I.P. Bill.  Wes stoner
  11. Donna Ferguson | Apr 20, 2020

    What an amazing man your dad was!   Our family was blessed to have known Bill. He was always happy, kind, and we are especially thankful for the way he treated our mom.  Thank you for sharing your dad with our family!   We will miss him!


    Donna Schlindwein Ferguson and family

  12. Steve and Kathy Auringer | Apr 20, 2020
    I always loved talking to your dad he was so friendly and funny. Lots of good memories from the Amvets, bowling alley and just running into him around town. You have a great support team to help get you through this. Our sympathy, 
  13. Bill &amp; Tammie | Apr 19, 2020

    Thinking of your family during this difficult time.


  14. Ron and Mary Frost | Apr 19, 2020

    Thinking of you all at this time. Your Dad was 1 in a million!!! His huge heart, his laugh you could here from far away you always new Bill was in the building. Prayers for you all!!! He is a Amazing man.

    Love you all. Ron and Mary Frost


  15. Brian, Sherri &amp; Aly Becker | Apr 19, 2020

    We are so sad we can't be there with all of you during this difficult time. Please know you are on our minds... and in our hearts and prayers. We will never forget Bill's signature robust laugh. It was contagious! Rest in peace, Bill. 

    With love and heartfelt sympathy,

    Brian, Sherri and Aly

  16. Ellen Oman | Apr 19, 2020
    Sending prayers to the whole family , your dad always made me feel so welcome , like i was one of the kids . Hugs to all of you ❤️
  17. Chuck &amp; Ann Champine | Apr 19, 2020

    Our condolences to the family. 

  18. Vicky Matthias | Apr 19, 2020

    We're thinking of you all in this sad time! Remember the great times you had with your dad. Hugs to all!  Keep smiling! 

    Dave & Vicky Matthias

  19. McNamee | Apr 19, 2020
    Very sorry for your loss. Fond memories of Bill back in our bowling days at Starr Lanes. Jerry and Jeanie McNamee
  20. Dawn Even | Apr 19, 2020
    i have so many fond memories of growing up with the Axline family.   Im so thankful for the time spent camping, hanging out around the campfire, playing while  the parents played cards.  I will treasure those times forever. I love you guys. Dawn
  21. Chuck and Diann Droste | Apr 19, 2020

    We are so saddened by Bill's passing.  He was a big part of our lives for the last twelve years and that was not long enough!  Bill never met a stranger.  He accepted people for who they were and never judged them.  He loved his family and friends and lived his life fully every day.  We could all learn a lot from Bill Axline.  We will miss his big laugh and his big smile.  Most of all, we will miss his big heart.  Our world grew a little darker when Bill left us but Heaven must be so much brighter!

    Sending our sympathy to all of you.

    Chuck and Diann Droste

  22. Renee Provence, Kyra, K'lee, and Kazy | Apr 19, 2020
    Hugs and prayers to you all! 
  23. Ron and Cindi kern | Apr 19, 2020
    what a wonderful man! Always a big smile and a laugh! So sorry for your liss, gonna miss him!
  24. Sheryl cobb | Apr 19, 2020

    so sorry for your loss Jeff..Hugs!


  25. Andy Schaffer | Apr 19, 2020
    Bill and Shirley were the last ones on my paper route almost 60 years ago. We'll miss his big laugh, big smile and big heart.
  26. Bill Hanken | Apr 19, 2020
     I had the honor and pleasure to know Bill. I had some great times with him, his family, and friends (he had a lot of them). I only knew him for a little over 6 years, but he always made me feel like I was family. You could always tell if he was in the room, by his booming voice, infectious laughter, and his personality filled the room. Rest in peace
  27. Jimmy Oliver | Apr 18, 2020

    You are in our thoughts and prayers. Your Father was one hell of a good man! He will be missed. 

    Jimmy Oliver Family

  28. Kim and Scott Raudabaugh | Apr 18, 2020

    Will love and miss you  Bill. Thanks for letting me back in the house when Velma locked me out, and thanks for keeping the peppermint schnapps under the sink, and thanks for your laughter and making me feel like your 4th daughter. You will be missed but I know Shirley will be glad to have you home.  Kim and Scott


  29. Wendy Sutton | Apr 18, 2020

    Thinking of you during this difficult time , Randy and I have fond memories of Bill . We will miss hearing " How the hell are ya !" Hold tight to all your memories . Wish we could be there to give you all a hug! 

    Love to all ,

    Randy and Wendy Sutton

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