William P Weiershauser
July 7, 1947 - July 18, 2019

William  P Weiershauser

William P Weiershauser
Jul 7, 1947 - Jul 18, 2019

William  P Weiershauser

MOUNT PLEASANT, Iowa - William 'Bill' P. Weiershauser, 72, formerly of Muscatine, passed away on Thursday, July 18, 2019 at Savannah Heights in Mount Pleasant.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, July 24, 2019 in Greenwood Cemetery in Muscatine. Reverend Bruce Martin will officiate. The Ralph J. Wittich-Riley-Freers Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Online Condolences: www.wittichfuneralhome.com.

Bill was born on July 7, 1947, the son of Robert P. and Helen J. West Weiershauser.

Bill grew up in the Calvary Baptist Church in Muscatine. In Mount Pleasant, he attended Pleasant View Mennonite Church where he served as pianist and led "Faith and Film" forums.

Bill is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force in which he served from 1969-1975. His military service in Vietnam drew on his formidable linguistic skills. He served in a specialized unit in Saigon, teaching English to the South Vietnamese, including members of the military.

Bill attended Muscatine Community College and earned bachelor's and master's degrees in English from the University of Iowa. He continued with Ph.D. level work at the University of Iowa which he completed with the exception of writing a dissertation. He had a great love for older forms of English, French, and Welsh, and translated many poems from these languages.

In 1982, Bill began teaching English at Iowa Wesleyan University where he was promoted to Associate Professor of English. He was a kind man, a devoted teacher, and an engaged, intellectually curious colleague. He is remembered fondly by many students. He taught the freshman course Foundations of English, as well as film studies, and older English literature such as Beowulf and Chaucer. He served as the faculty advisor for the English honor society, Sigma Tau Delta, and contributed numerous photographs and poems he had translated that were published in the university's literary magazine, Design. When he retired in 2013, the university granted him Emeritus status for his thirty-one years of distinguished service.

Bill had a robust interest in film and film history. He amassed a large collection of films in reel-to-reel format, as well as VHS tapes, and more recently DVDs. He also collected vintage film projectors and slide projectors. From time to time, he presented programs in the community about film.

He is preceded in death by his parents.


Carolyn Frahm on Jul 24, 2019

Having just met Bill in November at Pleasant View Mennonite Church he was such a king, smiling man and loved to tease. You will be so missed Bill.

Lori Muntz on Jul 24, 2019

Prof. W taking a photograph.

RUSTY TOWNSEND on Jul 23, 2019


Marcia McClenning Winter on Jul 23, 2019

Bill was a kind and gentle man with such an abundance of talent. A life well lived.

Sabra Swanson on Jul 22, 2019

Bill was always so kind and polite. A true gentleman

Ann Klingensmith on Jul 22, 2019

I taught with Bill from 1987 until his retirement in 2013. This was a spread from Iowa Wesleyan's literary magazine, Design. He was instrumental in this publication. This was from the 60th anniversary edition and it honored Bill and others who worked "Behind the Scenes."

Neomia Jackson Malcolm on Jul 22, 2019

It has been many years since I last saw Bill. He was always a gentleman. My deepest sympathy.



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1814 Lucas Street
Muscatine, Iowa 52761
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