William John “Bill” Weddingfeld, 89, son of William and Frances (Brandt) Weddingfeld, was born Jan. 18, 1934, in Pender, Nebraska. He passed away Monday, Jan. 15, 2024, at the New Homestead in Guthrie Center, three days short of his 90th birthday.

Bill graduated from Pender High School in 1952. He then received his B.A. degree in education from Wayne State College in 1958 and then his M.S. degree in secondary administration from Northern Colorado University in 1963.  Bill also took advanced classes in education at the University of Nebraska, Omaha.  

Bill was an United States Army veteran, serving from 1954 until 1956. He was a member of the Frank Grubb American Legion Post No. 372, Panora. On Aug. 18, 1957, he married Paula Jean Fowler in Omaha, Nebraska. Paula passed away after complications following surgery on Jan. 13, 1967. On Oct. 28, 1967, Bill married Shirley Sue Sundermann.   

Bill served as a classroom teacher, coach, high school principal and superintendent for a total of 37 years devoted to education, retiring in 1995. He served on the Iowa High School Athletic Association, and the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union Representative Councils. He was a member of Iowa School Administrators and the American School Administrators.

Bill was a member of St. Thomas Lutheran Church in Panora and served as president of the congregation for several years.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Shirley Sue Weddingfeld, of Panora; daughters, Lisa Ann Longwell Prendergast (Terry) of Omaha, Nebraska; Susan Marie Jensen (Brent) of Bellevue, Nebraska; and son, Michael John Weddingfeld (Shelley) of Ankeny; five grandchildren, Jeremy Alan (Nicole) Longwell, Riley Marie and Maci Jae Jensen, and Caden John and Ashton Michael Weddingfeld; two great-granddaughters, Vivienne Marie Longwell and Ella Dee Longwell; along with many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Paula; sisters, Myra, Genene, Betty, Violet and Madeline; and brothers, Merlyn and Wilbur.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 18, 2024, at St. Thomas Lutheran Church, Panora. Burial will be in the West Cemetery, Panora. Visitation will be one hour prior to the services at the church.

Memorials may be left to the discretion of the family.

 Services entrusted to Twigg Funeral Home, Panora.