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“How do you replace a memory with a memory. This man taught me more about construction than anyone knows. May he rest in peace and may his songs...Read More »
1 of 11 | Posted by: David Johnson - Sioux City, IA

“I'll never forget Bill when he played the banjo for us. A dear sweet man. ”
2 of 11 | Posted by: Kathy Ethington - Acquaintance

“We are so sorry for your loss. Bill provided for you and loved you very much. I will always remember playing Pictionary at our Holiday family get...Read More »
3 of 11 | Posted by: Connie Case - Minnetonka, MN

“When I first met Bill(Fox), I mistook his gentle nature for sarcasm. I'm he's been like my older brother, I've loved and admired him but was terrible...Read More »
4 of 11 | Posted by: Don Swanson - Tucson, AZ - Friend

“Why me Lord - what have I ever done to deserve even one of the pleasures I've known? Knowing and traveling with Bill, was one of those pleasures ...Read More »
5 of 11 | Posted by: Randy Robinett - Woodward, IA

“Sorry for our loss Twila. Bill was a good guy and will be remembered. ”
6 of 11 | Posted by: Ed Steck - Tucson, AZ - Friend

“So sorry to hear this Twila, you have my deepest sympathy. May all your memories been some small comfort. Trish ”
7 of 11 | Posted by: Trish Snipes - Dallas, TX

“So sorry to hear this Twila, you have my deepest sympathy. May all your memories been some small comfort. Trish ”
8 of 11 | Posted by: Trish Snipes - Dallas, TX

“God give your whole family peace at this time , Twila. We are saddened about this news but trust you will remain stron and steadfast. ”
9 of 11 | Posted by: Neil Olsen - Denton, TX - Friend

“My mind has travelled back to when Bill, Twila, Louie and I would spend every Friday and Saturday night playing scrabble, yahtzee or just sitting...Read More »
10 of 11 | Posted by: Louann Withers - Scottsdale, AZ

“My thoughts and prayers to the family.So glad I got to meet Bill and hear him play the banjo! ”
11 of 11 | Posted by: Mindy Horowitz - Manchester, NJ


On October 25, 2019, William "Bill" Van Osdel went home to heaven after a six-year journey with cancer. He died on his birthday, ensuring perfect symmetry to his days on earth. A Celebration of Life Service will be at 11:30 a.m., Monday, November 4, 2019 at Trinity Lutheran Church (1122 Jackson St., Sioux City, IA 51105).

Bill was born on October 25, 1948, in Yankton, South Dakota, the son of Merle and Ione (Anderson) Van Osdel. He was raised in Sioux City, graduating from Central High School in 1967. Bill enlisted in the U.S. Navy Reserves and served with the SeaBees until 1972. He then attended trade school and became a piano tuning technician. He spent a year in Harlingen, Texas, before returning to Sioux City in 1974 to work as a carpenter in the family business, Van Osdel Plastering and Drywall. Bill, along with his brother, Frank, became co-owners of the company in 1977 and the company is still in operation today.

Bill married Twila Thompson on November 27, 1971, in Sioux City, Iowa. The couple had two daughters, and made their home in Sioux City and celebrated 47 years of marriage.

He lived big, loved quietly and wondered at anything masterfully done. He worked hard, so he could spend time deep in his hobbies, of which he had many over the years. Each hobby brought him a new set of friends and provided fun experiences taking him across the country. Throughout the years Bill rode bicycles and motorcycles, played guitar and banjo, sang in the Trinity Lutheran Church choir, excelled at woodworking, and shot hunter and varmint bench rest in various competitions. He took special delight in his grandkids, never met a stranger, and could share a story with anyone.

Bill will be lovingly remembered by his wife Twila; daughter Rachel Porter and her husband, Jeremy, and their children, Harrison, Henry and Hazel, all of Urbandale, Iowa; daughter, Jess Griffin and her husband, Jimmy, of Marion, Iowa; brother, Dave Van Osdel, of Sioux City, Iowa; brothers-in-law Marvin Thompson and Donnie Thompson, both of Sioux City, Iowa; brother-in-law Steven Thompson of Ft. Pierre, South Dakota; sister-in-law, Connie (Wally) Case of Minnetonka, Minnesota; sister-in-law, Gloria Thompson of Wall Lake, Iowa; sister-in-law, Nancy Duckett of Rosenberg, Texas; sister-in-law Dianna Van Osdel of Sioux City, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Merle and Ione; his brother, Frank; an infant brother; father-in-law Lloyd Thompson and his wife Nancy; mother-in-law Alice Thompson; sister-in-law Donette Thompson; and brother-in-law Rocky Duckett.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church of Sioux City, Iowa or Mayo Clinic Cancer Research of Rochester, Minnesota.