William J. (Bill) Condran, 77, of Cedar Rapids, IA, died peacefully on October 8, 2017 at Living Center West, after a long and hard fought battle with numerous health issues over the past several years. A visitation will be held from 1:00-3:00 pm at Cedar Memorial Funeral Home on Thursday, October 12, 2017. A private family burial will be in Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery.
Bill was born on November 2, 1939 to William and Esther (Wittenhagen) Condran in Davenport, IA. He graduated from Washington High School in 1958 and, following that, he continued on with his love for baseball (M&J League, town teams) while continuing to chase his dream of someday playing in the ‘bigs’. He faithfully cheered on the Dallas Cowboys, but that love didn’t compare to his devotion to the NY Yankees over the years (he finally made it to the Big Apple to see them play in ’12). Those who knew him well knew he was all about sports in general, and that he traditionally ran a small-time Fantasy football league for several years. And, although the ‘big’ trophy never ended up in his hands, he continued to chase it while playing in the City Am for several years. He was a story teller, and his ever-changing ‘adventures’ from his earlier days provided numerous, laughable moments for family and friends who had the ‘pleasure’ of listening.
He was a 27 year employee of Rockwell Collins, and valued the friendships he was fortunate to have made along the way. He enjoyed catching up on fellow friends’ lives by attending several get-togethers for lunch at the Starlite when his health allowed.
His favorite highlights over the years consisted of attending his kids’ and grandkids’ many sports and musical activities. He was proud of them all, and never passed up the chance to let everyone know of their achievements. Secondly, he was proud to be a part of coaching boys and girls in the Cedar Hills baseball and softball leagues, boys Metro football league, Babe Ruth and Legion Red baseball and girls freshman and sophomore basketball teams at Jefferson HS (especially when they handed him a 16-0 season in ’88-’89), and traveling across the country with a talented group of 18U girls as they proudly represented Iowa in AAU basketball. Those were ‘his’ days, and he thoroughly enjoyed every one of them!
Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Dorothy; children Lisa Lyons, Kyle Condran, Brett Condran and son-in-law Dave Lyons. Also surviving are his special grandkids, Ty (and Kendra), Carter, Skye, Bryce, Izah, Kayla and Hannah, whom he cherished. He was preceded in death by his parents and son, Guy Condran (2012), who he has now joined in Heaven.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to a charity of your choice.
Rest in Heavenly peace, Coach.