December 16, 2016


William “Bill” Schon, 95, of Glidden, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016, at St. Anthony Regional Hospital in Carroll surrounded by his family.

Mass of the Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 20, at St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church in Glidden with Father Andrew Hoffman and Father Randy Schon concelebrating assisted by Deacon Gary Schon. Mass server will be Talia Schon. Lectors for the Mass will be Carla Knutsen and Jen Schon. Music for the Mass will be by the St. Elizabeth Seton Choir with Marcy Anderson as organist. Gift bearers will be Brittany Becker, Hallie Golay, Avery Knutsen, Caleb Knutsen, Austen Eich and Lyla Eich. Casket bearers will be Chad Eich, Nick Schon, Matt Schon, Steve Schon and Traer Schon. Burial will be at Merle Hay Memorial Cemetery near Glidden.

Friends may call after 4 p.m. Monday at St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church in Glidden where there will be a rosary at 5 p.m. and a Christian Wake Service at 6:30 p.m. Visitation will resume at the church at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to the Carroll Relay for Life or the Glidden Fire Department and may be left at the church.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Dahn and Woodhouse Funeral Home in Glidden, and online condolences may be left for Bill’s family at

Born June 9, 1921, on his family’s farm near Willey, he was a son of William Sr. and Anna (Mersman) Schon. He grew up on the farm and attended St. Mary School in Willey. Following his schooling, he worked for his dad on the farm. He was drafted into the U.S. Army and began basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, just as World War II ended, and Bill was discharged and did not have to serve.

He married Dorothy Klocke on Jan. 9, 1945, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Dedham. The couple farmed 2 miles south of Glidden where they raised their family. Farming was Bill’s life, and he served for many years on the board of the Farmers Co-op in Glidden.

He was a member of St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church in Glidden and was instrumental in establishing the parish and served on the original building committee of the church. Bill enjoyed gardening, raising flowers, polka dancing, and spending time with his family. He was an avid baseball fan and an excellent player in his youth earning the nickname “Wink” for his quickness.

Bill is survived by his wife, Dorothy M. Schon, of Glidden; daughter Darlene Eich (Jim) of Carroll; three sons: Don Schon (Paula), Jim Schon (Chris) and Kevin Schon (Renee), all of Glidden; 10 grandchildren: Chad Eich (April), Carla Knutsen (Mike), Nick Schon, Matt Schon, Jen Schon, Steve Schon (Bridget), Brittany Becker (David), Hallie Golay (Andy), Traer Schon and Talia Schon; seven great-grandchildren: Avery, Caleb, Austen, Lyla, Jett, Madi and Bryce; a brother, Leo Schon, of Carroll; sisters-in-law: Harriet Schon of Carroll, Barb Schon of Des Moines, Dorothy S. Schon of Glidden, Louise Klocke of Carroll, Annabelle Fox of Carroll and Lavina Keiser of Illinois; brother-in-law Ronald Klocke (Linda) of Mankato, Minnesota; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents; six brothers: Andrew, Norbert, Joe, Louis, Robert and Sil; and son Ronald in infancy.