Billie Weddle of Dawson


Billie Weddle, 89, of Dawson passed away Sunday, June 19, 2016, at the Panora Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Panora, Iowa.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, June 23 at 10 a.m. at the Dawson United Methodist Church in Dawson. Visitation will be Wednesday, June 22 from 1-7 p.m., with family present from 5-7 p.m. at the Carris Family Funeral Home in Perry. Burial will be in the Dallas Township Cemetery near Dawson.

Memorials will be given to family and may be left at the Carris Family Funeral Home. Online condolences may be sent at

Billie Everett Weddle was born Sept. 7, 1926, in Dawson to Cecil Everett and Letha Julia Combs Weddle.

He attended school at Dawson.

He was united in marriage to Mary J. Cofer at the First Christian Church in Perry June 11, 1949.

He began working at the Weddle Garage in Dawson before joining the Navy in 1944.

After being discharged, he returned home and began working for Kelleher Motors in Perry and also B. D. Laughery in Bayard. He moved to Cheyenne, Wyo., and worked for Terrill Motors for a short time before moving back to Iowa to work for the Dallas County Road Department.

He was a member of the United Methodist Church of Dawson, the Rippey American Legion Post #583 and the Dawson Volunteer Fire Department.

He enjoyed fishing, mushroom hunting, small motor repair, feeding the birds and watching wildlife.

He lived in Dawson most of his life and knew a lot of town history and enjoyed telling stories. He also liked to have fun and was a jokester.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary J. Cofer; son, Jesse Weddle; daughter-in-law, Suzy Weddle; son-in-law, Ben Tunink; grandson, Christopher Ross Weddle; granddaughter, Heather Jo Lewis; great-granddaughter, Kiersten LaValle; and siblings, Jack Weddle, Melvin Weddle, Paul Weddle, Doreen Cofer and Linda McAfee.

He is survived by his children, Ross Weddle of Perry, Susan (Dale) Higgins of Grand Junction, Joni McAllister of Ames, Carol (Terry Kenan) Tunink of Grand Junction, Kevin Weddle of Nevada, Iowa, and Marsha (Dennis Moranville) Thompson of Grand Junction; 13 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; brothers, Elliot (Carol Ann) Weddle, Pat (Helen) Weddle and Bob (Carolyn) Weddle; and sisters, Mary Lou Jackson, Carolyn (Jack) Myers and Donna Sue McCleary.


  1. Billie was a great man who always had a fresh story to tell. If you were ever in a bind on a mower project, he’d always have the part that was needed located somewhere in his garage. Usually it was easily located about the third story in which he was telling from the depths of his amassed collection. You knew the story got a little tall when he’d throw in a “Shooot.” Thank you for passing on the knowledge of how to catch the giant catfish (never revealing where to find them) and how to clean them out as it were so they’d be good for eating. I know you’re going to be greatly missed by the entire Heinz family.


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