William “Wild Bill” Joseph McDermott, 91, of Cedar Rapids passed away on Sunday, August 18, 2019 at Willow Gardens in Marion. A visitation will be on Thursday, August 22, 2019 at Cedar Memorial Park Funeral Home from 4-7pm. Funeral Services will be held on Friday, August 23, 2019 at 10:30 at the Cedar Memorial Park Chapel of Memories burial to follow service.
William Joseph McDermott was born on April 25, 1928; the son of Henry D. and Mary Rosetta (White) McDermott. Bill proudly served his country in the United States Army 1947-1952. He married Ilene Marie Kane in 1948 she later passed away in 1972, then he married Fern M. Hoffman on December 10, 1973 she later passed away in 1997. Bill worked for 20 years at Hilldale Dairy in Dubuque after the Army. He moved to Cedar Rapids and took a job at ADM and worked there from 1975-1995 and he retired in 1995. Bill loved his dog Jack, and later obtained a 3 wheel scooter and drove all over to visit people, go shopping, and to eat, but most of all he loved spending time with family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; both wife’s; son Thomas McDermott; and ten siblings.
Left to cherish Bill’s memories are his six children, William McDermott Jr. of Wyoming, IA, Robert (Sue) Northrup of Marion, IA, Kim (David) Roberts of Kentucky, Jimmy (Lisa) Northrup of Indiana, Jerry (Marcey) Northrup of Cedar Rapids, IA, Brian Northrup of Indiana; many grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the Alzheimer’s Association in William’s name.