Bill was born on December 24, 1934 in Lohrville, Iowa. He graduated from Lohrville High School in 1953 and from Iowa State Teacher’s College in 1958 with a BA in Social Studies. In 1972 he completed his MA in Library Science from the University of Northern Iowa . He served his country in the U.S. Army from May 1958 to April 1960.
Bill married Rita Kirlin in 1963 and together they had three children. He taught school in Iowa before joining DoDDS in 1964 where he taught Social Studies in Bremerhaven, Germany. He then became the media specialist at W.T. Sampson HS in Cuba, Fulda HS in Germany and Matthew Perry HS in Iwakuni, Japan. He was a member of the educator organization of PDK.
Bill retired from DoDDS in 1996 and moved back to Iowa where he passed away on December 27, 2013 from complications of leukemia.