Funeral Services for William W. Leduc, 80 of Graettinger, Iowa will be Wednesday, March 23, 2016 at 10:30 at the Immaculate Conception Church in Graettinger, Iowa. Visitation will be Tuesday, March 22, 2016 from 4:00 pm to 7:00 p.m. also at the church. Burial with full military honors provided by the Graettinger American Legion and the United States Marine Corp will be held at St. Jacob Catholic Cemetery in Graettinger. Tim Kulow director at Historic Bruce Funeral Home of Fort Dodge was entrusted with the arrangements. Online condolences may be directed to www.brucesfuneralhome.com
William Willard Leduc, son of William and Gladys (Rhoades) Leduc was born December 6, 1935 at his grandparents farm east of Graettinger, Iowa. He attended one-room country schools and Graettinger High School. He served in the United States Marine Corp. After his service, he returned to Iowa and then settled in Fairmont, Minnesota where he drove truck for Blachowske Trucking. Willie married Louise Thomas and to this union four children were born; Deb, Mike, Mark, and Deanna. After Louises death he was united in marriage to Vivian Urban and to this union one daughter Lisa was born. William continued his career, driving semi across the country for almost 50 years and received his 5 million mile accident free award. He was proud to have driven in every state except Alaska, Rhode Island and Hawaii. In 2013, William had a slight stroke and had to retire from driving. After his retirement, you would see him cruising around Graettinger in his golf cart painted to match the semi he used to drive.
William Willard Leduc passed away at the Ruthven Community Care Center on March 17, 2016, at the age of 80 years, 3 months, and 11 days.
William was a member of Immaculate Conception Parish in Graettinger where he received baptism, first communion, and confirmation. He was also a member of the Graettinger American Legion. William will always be remembered for his “long goodbyes”, often times lasting two or three hours before he would finally go home.
William is survived by his children; Mike (Shirley) Leduc of Glenwood City, Wisconsin, Mark (Gail) Lindsey of East Bethel, Minnesota, Deanna (Marty) Carpenter of Osceola, Wisconsin and Lisa (Scott) Wolle of Odin, Minnesota, 25 grandchildren, 46 great grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and other relatives and a very special friend and boss Dwane Blachowske
William is preceded in death by his parents; wife Louise, wife Vivian; daughter Deb, sister, Marie Anderson, sister Genevieve Kulow, twin brother Willis Leduc and grandson Jesse