Funeral services for Mr. Bill Hargrave, 82, of Dickens, were conducted Monday, Dec. 31, 2012, at United Methodist Church in Dickens. Rev. Donna Gray officiated the service.
Burial took place at Dickens Cemetery in Dickens.
Mr. Hargrave passed away Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012, at home near Dickens.
William T. (Bill) Hargrave, the son of Tom and Laura (Sorenson) Hargrave, was born Jan. 24, 1930, in Spencer. Bill grew up on the Hargrave farm south of Dickens, Iowa. His early education was received at Sunnyside School District #6 in Sioux Township and Dickens School. He attended Jr. High and High School at Gillett Grove, graduating in 1948 from Gillett Grove High School. Bill was baptized on June 28, 1931, and confirmed July 4, 1947, at the Dickens Methodist Church.
Bill married Arlene Flack at the Dickens Methodist Church on Sept. 17, 1950. Following their marriage, Bill and Arlene lived and farmed south of Dickens on the family farm where they raised their four children. Bill enjoyed farming, tending to his vegetable and flower gardens, reading, hunting, fishing and raising horses. Bill was a rural mail carrier until his retirement in 1996, after 33 years of service. He was a member of the Dickens Methodist Church, Iowa Great Lakes Saddle Club, Iowa and Minnesota Chuck Wagon Association, and Rural Mail Carrier's Association.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Fred "Bud"; one sister, Karleen Ferguson; and one grandson, Andrew Hargrave.
He is survived by his wife, of 62 years, Arlene of Dickens; two sons: David Hargrave and his wife, Diane of Dickens, and Tom and his wife, Lisa Hargrave of Spencer; two daughters: Nita and her husband, Martin Richards of Omaha, Neb., and Liz and her husband, Curt Worsfold of Blair, Neb.; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews and friends.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established by the family.
Warner Funeral Home of Spencer is in charge of arrangements.