William "Bill" Lonergan-Highley

Born in Anamosa, IA
Born on Aug 24, 1933
Departed on Nov 13, 2021

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William “Bill” Bruce Lonergan-Highley, 88, of Cedar Rapids passed away due to Covid complications on November 13, 2021, at the Oldorf Hospice House in Hiawatha. 

In accordance with his wishes, there will be no services at this time. A celebration of Life will be scheduled at a later date when Covid is no longer a health threat. 

Bill was born on August 24, 1933, to Ernest and Daisy (Clark) Highley in Anamosa, Iowa, the youngest of 9 children. He graduated from Roosevelt High School. After serving in the military, he returned to Cedar Rapids, attended Coe College, and began a long career at Rockwell Collins. He married his wife, Jane, on November 23, 1979. 

He is survived and lovingly remembered by his wife, Jane; his sister, Dona Anthony; five children, Matt (Jeannie), Pam Kopp (Tom), Cheryl Kloepping (Hans), Robert (Lisa), Ken (Stephanie); sister-in-law, Jeanne Harrinton; brother-in-law, Dale Harrington; sister-in-love, Ginny Dougherty; thirteen grandchildren, sixteen great grandchildren, and many loving nieces and nephews. 

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, his infant son, William Bruce Jr. "Billy", and seven of his siblings. 

A special thank you to the 4th floor staff at Mercy Medical Center and the many friends and family members who helped during these challenging times. 

Memorials in Bill’s name may be directed to the Dennis and Donna Oldorf Hospice House, the Linn Community Food Bank, or the Prairewoods Franciscan Spirituality Center.