Bill Badding
Bill Badding

May 6, 2019


Bill Badding, 72, of Carroll, died early Friday morning, May 3, 2019, at the University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City, Iowa, surrounded by his family.

Mass of the Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 7, at St. John Paul II Parish-Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Carroll. The celebrant will be Father Kevin Richter. Con-celebrant and homilist will be Father Timothy Johnson. Mass servers will be Jack Badding and Brock Badding. Music will be by Dr. Franklyn Busby, pastoral musician and the Holy Spirit Resurrection Choir. Lectors will be Deb Koster and Jim Berning. Gift bearers will be Bill’s grandchildren Will Badding, Claire Albers, Zach Badding, Lauren Albers, Tanner Badding, Aurora Badding, Macy Badding, Brynn Badding, Dawson Badding and Jillian Benton. Eucharistic Ministers will be Mary Jo Berning and Joni Badding. Casket bearers will be Jerry Reiman, Steve “Hawk” Venghaus, Jim “Rock” Irlmeier, Bill “Kahuna” Beck, Ed Kugler, Tom Louis, Walt Sides and Dave “Zip” Sehmel. Burial will be at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Carroll with military honors conducted by the Carroll American Legion.

Friends may call after 4 p.m. Monday at Holy Spirit Church in Carroll where there will be a rosary at 7 p.m. by the Carroll Knights of Columbus.Additional visitation will be from 9-10:15 a.m. Tuesday at Holy Spirit Church. In lieu of flowers memorials may be left at the church for the Carroll American Legion. Following the luncheon at the Holy Spirit Bishop Greteman Center, please join Bill’s family at Kerp’s in Carroll.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Sharp Funeral Home in Carroll, and online condolence may be left for Bill’s family

A son of William and Rose (Schroeder) Badding, William R. Badding was born on Oct. 8, 1946, in Carroll, Iowa. Bill spent his younger years in Arcadia where he attended St. John School and later graduated from Kuemper Catholic High School in Carroll. Bill served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1966 until 1968 and was a Marine Corps sniper. While serving in combat during the Vietnam War he was wounded and received the Purple Heart. In addition to the Purple Heart, Bill received the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal and Vietnam Campaign Medal. Following his honorable discharge he returned to Iowa where he attended Iowa State University and then moved back to Carroll where he was employed at Badding Construction.

On June 7, 1969, Bill married Mary Ann “Mardy” Shields at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Wall Lake, Iowa. Bill and Mardy made their home in Carroll where Bill managed the Carroll Municipal Golf Course and also held various other jobs. For 42 years, Bill owned and operated Kerp’s Tavern in Carroll which today is operated by his sons.

He loved fishing, especially his family fishing trips to Akaska, South Dakota, to the family cabin. Bill also enjoyed golfing, riding his motorcycle, fast-pitch softball in his younger years and of course socializing with his family and many friends at Kerp’s.

Bill was a member of the Carroll American Legion, Legion Color Guard, past president of the Carroll Chamber of Commerce, member of the Carroll Knights of Columbus, and a member of St. John Paul II Parish-Holy Spirit Church in Carroll.

Bill is survived by his wife of 50 years, Mardy Badding, of Carroll; children: Dr. Jen (Ross) Badding-Benton of Abingdon, Maryland, Bill (Heather) Badding of Dedham, Mike (Jessica) Badding of Carroll, Ann (Chad) Albers of Plattsmouth, Nebraska, Ben (Chas) Badding of Carroll and Jake (Liz) Schlater of Warner Robins, Georgia; grandchildren: Jillian Benton, Will Badding, Zach Badding, Tanner Badding, Aurora Badding, Dawson Badding, Claire Albers, Lauren Albers, Macy Badding and Brynn Badding; sisters: Mary Jo (Pete) Berning of Arcadia, Rosie (Lon) Diers of Carroll and Janet Badding of Elkhart, Indiana; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law: Joni Badding of Carroll, Elmer Bedford of Fort Dodge, Surge Badding of Carroll, Pat (Maurine) Shields of Omaha and Jean Shields of Darwin, Minnesota; as well as many nieces, nephews, other extended relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister Kathryn Bedford; brothers: Don (Carolyn) Badding, Joe Badding, Bob Badding and Jack Badding in infancy; niece Samantha Badding; and nephews John Berning and Jack Badding.