Bill passed away at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, S.D. on Nov. 28, 2008.
Bill Eugene O'Hearn, the son of Eugene and Bernice Bierman O'Hearn, was born Oct. 29, 1947 in Spencer. He was the only child of "Shorty" and Bernice and spent his first 18 years in Spencer. While attending high school he played the drums in the Spencer High School Band. He graduated from SHS in May 1966. he continued his love of music playing the drums with the band "Prince & The Paupers" while attending the University of Iowa. He graduated from the U of I in 1970 with a degree in political science and psychology.
On Aug. 23, 1970, Bill was united in marriage to Sandra McBreen from Spirit Lake. They made their home in Tucson, Ariz. where Bill earned his law degree from the University of Arizona Law School in 1972. Bill practiced law in Arizona and California for over 30 years. While in California, he was a very active Rotary Club member, and at one time served as president of his club.
Bill moved back to northwest Iowa in December 2004. He was a very active Spencer Rotary Club member. He served on the Spencer Community Theatre board for two years and most recently was on the Building Committee for the expansion and renovation. The past two years Bill spent numerous hours volunteering for the Democratic Party. He was an official member of the Democratic National Committee and poured his heart into the 2008 election campaign.
He was preceded in death by his parents; grandparents, Omer and Marguerite O'Hearn; grandparents, Louis and Agnes Bierman; aunt, Frances Stowell; and uncle, Vernon Bierman.
Bill is survived by his aunts: Pat (Magnus) Johnson, Jackie Sorensen, and Janet Koenig -- all of Spencer, Joan Koenig from Gillett Grove; and Janice Schultz from California.
Memorials may be sent to: Spencer Community Theatre, P.O. Box 1225; Spencer Rotary Club, P.O. Box 7933; Iowa Rock n' Roll Music Assoc., P.O. Box 557, Arnolds Park, IA 51331
Warner Funeral Home of Spencer in charge of arrangements.