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Billy Maynard McCall was born on April 28,1936 in Belle Plaine, Iowa the son of Thomas Maynard and Elsie Fern (Young) McCall. He graduated from Boone High School in 1954. He served in the Korean Conflict in the US Navy. Bill married Carolyn Longhenry in Boone, Iowa on July 1, 1956. He received a degree from Iowa State University in Electrical Engineering in 1962. Following graduation, he worked for Honeywell Microswitch in Freeport, IL for 6 years. Bill then took a position with the Iowa Department of Transportation and enjoyed a 24 year career. After he retired from the Department of Transportation, he worked for Lockheed IMS for 1 year. Bill ended his career working for Center for Transportation Research and Education at Iowa State University for 7 years until 2001. During retirement, Bill and Carolyn worked as standardized clients with 3rd year students at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Iowa State University.
Bill and Carolyn were active at Memorial Lutheran Church in Ames where he volunteered as a Sunday School teacher, Sunday School superintendent, International Bible Class teacher, and Vacation Bible School volunteer. He enjoyed numerous outdoor activities including hunting, fishing, camping, backpacking, hiking, and trail riding. He also enjoyed computer technology and shortwave radio, earning his Communication Unit Leader (Com-L) certification from FEMA. Bill was active in the Story County Amateur Radio Club. Bill was also a Life Long Learner coordinator for Semester at Sea with university students from around the world.
Bill is survived by his wife Carolyn McCall; sons, Billy Maynard Jr. (Diane) McCall and their children, Amanda (Eric Barrett), Thomas Maynard (Faith and their boys Benjamin Maynard and Oliver), and Ian (Jessica Palmer); David Michael (Laura) McCall and their children, Michael, and Meghan; and Steven Matthew (ex-wife and good friend Rachel Reynolds) and their daughter Cora. Bill was preceded in death by infant daughter Susan Diane.
Memorial contributions may be sent to Memorial Lutheran Church, Ames IA or Story County Amateur Radio Club.
A memorial service will be held on Tuesday July 20, 2021 at 10:00 at Memorial Lutheran Church, 2228 Lincoln Way, Ames, IA 50014 with a time of fellow ship to follow. Billy will be laid to rest at the Iowa Veteran's Cemetery in Van Meter, Iowa.
Online condolences may be directed to: www.grandonfuneralandcremation.com
To all of Bill's family...I knew Bill at DOT for many years, beginning in late 60's. He was always a great guy to stop by and have a visit with. My heartfelt condolences for your loss. May all your wonderful memories sustain you through this difficult time. God bless. Maggie Westvold (&husband Steve)
We extend are deepest condolences to Carolyn and family.
Ben and Sarah Buck
Such a good human. It was a joy to know Bill. Peace to you, Carolyn and family.
I was also a classmate of Bill's and enjoyed hearing of his (and Carolyn's) adventures after retiring. Speaking as a rep of our class, our condolences to Carolyn and the family. We are always sad to lose one of our own .
Bill and I were BHS classmates . We worked together for a time at the Northside Thriftway Grocery Store while in high school. I remember him as a friendly guy with a great sense of humor. We were able to see each other at class reunions several times. It was always good to renew the acquaintance. I'm sure that he will be missed but long remembered by all his family and friends.
I got to know Bill after he stopped working at the DOT. He always had a smile and always asked what I had going and how I was doing. I enjoyed talking with him - whether it be about life, learning, or operating a radio. Bill was a class act!
Sympathies to Carolyn and the family, may God give comfort to one and all.
David and Carol Putz
I worked with Bill during my time at the D.O.T. He always had a smile for me and usually a funny comment. He was very dedicated to his work. I am sorry for your family loss and pray God with comfort you in your time of need. Blessings Glendora Clark
Our deepest sympathy to Carolyn and family.
Ben and Sarah Buck
I worked for Bill at the DOT from the early 80s until he left the Office of Transportation Research. John Whited and I both learned a lot from Bill over the years. He will be missed.
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