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William T. “Bill” Brownrigg Creston

Published: Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013 8:59 a.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013 10:55 a.m. CDT

William T. “Bill” Brownrigg, 80, of rural Creston died Sept. 23, 2013, at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at Holy Spirit Catholic Church. The Rev. Kenneth Halbur Jr. will officiate. Interment will be in Maple Hill Cemetery in Cromwell. Open visitation will be 1 to 8 p.m. Friday at Pearson Family Funeral Service, 809 W. Montgomery St. Memorials may be directed to the family, American Heart Association and/or American Lung Association. Online condolences may be left at www.pearsonfuneralhomes.com.

William “Bill” Thomas Brownrigg, son of Dorothy Irene (Looney) and William Edward Brownrigg, was born July 30, 1933, at the home of his parents near Cromwell in Union County.

Bill graduated from Cromwell High School in 1950.

In October 1952, Bill married Barbara Ford at the Zion Church. They later divorced.

Bill began farming with his father for a few years, then moved to Michigan and began working as a traveling salesman for Stauffer Chemical Company.

He returned to Union County in 1971, lived in Creston, and worked on his parents’ farm because of his father’s ill health. Bill moved to the farm in 1982. Bill began working for Mel McKie as a federal crop adjuster, retiring after 20 years.

In January 1987, Bill married Virginia Moore in Mexico.

Bill was a member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church.

Bill is survived by his wife Virginia Brownrigg of Creston; stepchildren, Dan Richards of Winterset, Tammy (Michael) Walter of Redfield and Dean Richards (special friend Sherry) of Creston; daughters, Denise (George) Kuhns and Karla Wilmot, all of Belton, Mo.; 10 step-grandchildren; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; mother-in-law Marjorie Underwood of Winterset; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents; son Billy Brownrigg in 1973; father-in-law Leo Moore; and brothers, LeRoy and Joseph Brownrigg.

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