William Henry Valline age, 93 of Ames, Iowa passed away October 20, 2019 at Windsor Manor in Nevada, Iowa; A gathering of friends and family will be 4-6:00 P.M. On Thursday, Oct. 24, at Grandon Funeral and Cremation Care, 414 Lincoln Way, Ames; with a 1:30 p.m. graveside service on Friday, Oct. 25, at Story Memorial Gardens, Ames, Iowa.
William Henry Valline was born in Ames, Iowa on August 2, 1926 the son of Galen (Swede) and Elizabeth (Taylor) Valline. He attended Ames High School, he married Mildred Warner on April 12, 1947 in Boone, Iowa. The couple raised three sons, John, Gary and Darrell. Bill worked at Alliant Energy for 26 years as a Gas Mechanic Welder
Bill made many fishing trips to Canada and enjoyed gardening. After retirement, he and Millie were snowbirds and retreated to Alamo, TX for winters. He was a life member of the Moose Lodge # 520 of Ames, Iowa. A few years ago, he and Millie were proud to donate a new group home for Friendship Ark. Inc. and it was named the Valline house.
Bill will be remembered by his wife of 72 years, Mildred Valline and his, son John (Di) Valline of Nevada, and a sister, Amy Herman of Nevada, IA
Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Galen and Elizabeth Valline, and his sons, Gary Valline of Fort Dodge, and his son, Darrell Valline, 2 sisters, Betty Linder of Ames, and Barb Thomas of Nevada.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be directed to Mosaic in Nevada or Friendship Ark Inc. in Ames, IA
Online condolences may be directed to www.grandonfuneralandcremationcare.com
I only knew Bill in the last 5 years of his life, when we moved into a home catty-corner to Bill and Millie. I saw him often, as our dog needed walking and Bill took several walks a day (in robust health in his late 80's), leading to some pleasant walks together to Emma McCarthy Lee Park. Bill loved telling me stories about his younger, rowdier days, how he and Millie met and married, how our street and Ames had changed during his lifetime, and his time at Alliant Energy. While he had trouble remembering our names, he loved seeing my dog and I, and always remembered her as "the dirt-eating dog"!
When you two came to our house & met my husband, he was astounded by the sharpness of your memories. I was tickled to note that you could also complete each others' sentences. Truly you were two peas in a pod! I'm so sad to think of you alone now, Millie. My love to you, & condolences to the family. His rich humor (& tall tales of Petey the Great) will be missed.
I use to hide when I was at my grandparents as a little girl when Uncle Bill and Aunt Millie would visit.
He would pinch my cheeks so hard.
Then he'd give me a hug
Bill and Millie were very special friends of our family. We spent quite a bit of time with them growing up. I loved listening to all the funny fishing stories he would tell. Bill will be dearly missed. Prayers for Millie and all the family.
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Ames, Iowa 50010
Ames, Iowa 50010