Mr. William Richard Failor

  • Born: June 10, 1926
  • Died: December 28, 2017
  • Location: Ankeny, Iowa

Memorial Services of Iowa

4208 North Ankeny Blvd.
Ankeny, IA 50023
Tel. (515) 964-0592

Tribute & Message From The Family

William Richard Failor, 91, a resident of Ankeny for 45 years and formerly of Marion, died December 28 at Mercy Hospice, after a 3-month illness. A visitation will be held on Wednesday, January 3 from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at Memorial Services of Iowa at Ankeny Memorial, 4208 N. Ankeny Ankeny. There will be a private burial with military honors.
Bill was born to Harriet and Ernest Failor in Cedar Rapids on June 10, 1926. He enlisted in the Air Force on December 7, 1944 and served as an aerial gunner in World War II, prior to graduating from Marion High School with the Class of 1947. He was recalled for the Korean War. He was proud to be a veteran and attended the recent Veterans' Day ceremony in Ankeny, and was honored to be the oldest member attending.
He married Barbara Beatty, his wife of 61 years, in Marion on September 1, 1956. He started working for the Milwaukee Railroad as a section worker at the age of 14. He worked there as a conductor and yard master for 48 years until he retired in 1988.
Bill was always doing something and was even busier after he retired. He was a licensed real estate broker and built homes in Ankeny. He was a Master Gardener and managed various garden centers in the area for many years. As a lifelong gardener who always had a beautiful blooming backyard, he was a source of information for many people. He loved sharing his expertise and his garden bounty with family and friends. He also drove cars for Bob Brown Chevrolet/GMC for many years. He enjoyed going to auctions and garage sales, antiquing, and delivering the magazine his daughter published.
Bill was a 50-year member of the Masons, the Consistory and the Shrine and was a life member of the VFW Post 9662 and the American Legion.
Most of all, he loved his family and was proud of his children and grandchildren. He never met a stranger and touched the lives of many people. His family was always surprised at the number of people he knew. Bill worked hard, possessed abundant energy, and had a positive attitude and a generous spirit.
Bill is survived by his wife Barbara, a sister and two brothers, his daughter Sherry of Ankeny and a son William of Hudson, and grandson Jared of Hudson and granddaughter Erin of Altoona. He was preceded in death by his parents and son Joseph. From a previous marriage, he also has a son, Richard, and an infant daughter who died at birth.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the VFW Post 9662 Scholarship Fund or the Animal Rescue League of Iowa.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Bryan and I missed this. We live at corner of 5th and Hayes Drive. Bill would stop if he saw us outside! Some of his backyard plants are here among our side yard 1 story arbor which faces 5 th Street. Bill also sign Bryan up for the VFW as we are an Army family. I was just thinking it was his and my birthday and usually see him. I will miss him. Carol Davis

Posted by Carol Davis - Ankeny, IA - Neighbor   June 18, 2018

May the God of all comfort strengthen the family during this time of deep sorrow. Those who pass on, God keep in his memory because they are precious in his eyes. Please except my sincerest condolence.

Posted by joyceA - DE   March 24, 2018

I am beyond sad that I am just hearing of Bill's passing. He was very dear to me. I will so miss him blazing in with a stack of Sherry's magazines, asking for a hug and a kiss and spending time sharing stories of his life, his adventures, his kids and grandkids, his health, and bringing me peaches from his trees in his backyard. He was one in a million and was loved by so many. I am so happy he was here before Christmas and that we had one last hug and kiss and one last conversation. I am sending many prayers to his beloved Barb, Sherry and the rest of his family. He was very special and will be greatly missed.


Posted by Jami Martin - Ankeny, IA - Friend   January 19, 2018

Bill and Barb were 2 of the very first people that I met when I moved to Ankeny 45 years ago. While our paths have not crossed frequently in the past years, it was always with fond memories when doing so. Bill was always quite friendly and easy to know. My condolences to his family.

Posted by Michael McMurry - Ankeny, IA - Friend   January 02, 2018

Bill was a great guy. Always had good stories to tell. He will be missed.

Posted by Cody Bilyeu - Ankeny, IA - Friend   December 31, 2017

The clerks at Schultz Auction Service will miss Bill and the magazines he faithfully delivered to us at every sale. He was a kind man....RIP Bill.

Posted by A friend   December 31, 2017

All of us at Bob Brown will miss Bill very much, we all enjoyed his smiling face and all the interesting story's.

Posted by Jim Brincks - IA - Family   December 30, 2017