EAGLE GROVE – Willis “Bill” John Kuecker, the son of Edward and Ida (Siems) Kuecker, was born January 19, 1931, on the family farm near Whittemore, Iowa. He was raised and educated in the area of his birth, graduating from Algona High School in 1949. Bill then graduated from Iowa State University where he pledged Alpha Gamma Rho.

Bill served in the United States Air Force in Korea, honorably discharged on April 25, 1955.

In March of 1954, Bill was united in marriage with Hope Moellering and to this union six children were born. They were a very hard-working, committed farm family they raised livestock and numerous specialty crops, including pumpkins, gourds, strawberries, asparagus and of course the “famous” Kuecker Sweet Corn! He was a gregarious early proponent of conservation tillage and locally produced foods.

Bill was an active member of Mount Calvary Lutheran Church Missouri Synod Lutheran. He was also very involved in local, state and national agricultural and political organizations.

Bill passed away on Monday, June 9, 2014, after a brief illness, at the age of 83 years. He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Delbert Kuecker and two sisters, Gertrude Balgeman and Lois Kuecker.

Bill is survived by his wife of 60 years, Hope Kuecker; six children: Susan Kuecker (Jim Graham), Sara Kohl (Steve), Sharon Klassen (Kirk), Barbara Fleischman (Jim), William Kuecker (Connie) and Benjamin Kuecker (Shavonta); seven grandchildren; one great-grandchild; four brothers: Kenneth Kuecker, Kermit Kuecker, Gerald Kuecker (Genelle) and Richard Kuecker (Beverly) and two sisters, Lucille Farr and Jean Gerdis (Don).

Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Thursday, June 12, 2014, at Foust Funeral Home in Goldfield with Pastor Mark Peterson of Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church in Eagle Grove officiating.

Memorials may be left to the discretion of the family.