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William John Hagerty, 70, longtime resident of Bankston, Iowa passed away in the early hours of Sunday November 13th, 2022.
Bill was born on September 28th, 1952 at Mercy Hospital in Dubuque. He was the son of Louis “Bud” and Colette (Donahue) Hagerty from Bankston, Iowa.
There was three things Bill loved the most in his life: his grandkids, cars, and wife Sharon (Gartner) from Dyersville, Iowa. They were together 55 wonderful years and would have celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary this coming February.
In their marriage they had 3 children; Josh (April) Hagerty of Dyersville, Heidi (Todd) Klein of Holy Cross, Margie (Tony) Sheridan of Peosta. Bill’s greatest accomplishment was his 7 grandchildren: Ava, Kaitlyn, Gage, Gertie, Leah, Dottie, & Luke. They were the light in his soul and Papa was the instigator of all the mischief.
Bill was a jack of all trades but he spent his days as a mechanic at his shop University Auto and restoring classic cars. He loved to garden and spend time with his family. He was always up for a tractor ride around the yard or a good burnout in the driveway.
Bill was preceded in death by: Louis and Colette Hagerty, Harold and Marjorie Gartner, a brother, Gerald in infancy, Brother-in-laws Jim and Joe Gartner, Donald Kirkpatrick, Matthew Cottrell, Pedro Martinez and Douglas Staggs.
He was survived by Dave of California, Ronnie (Debbie) of Epworth, Carrie (Don) Schmit from Waterloo, Steve (Diane) of California, Kathy of Kentucky, Jeanne of Dubuque, Mary of California, Sue (Jim) Staggs of Dubuque, John (Heide) of South Carolina, Mike (Angie) of Ankeny
A celebration of life will be held at Leonard Funeral home in Dubuque Iowa on Saturday, November 19th from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. with a service to be held at 12:00 p.m. and military honors by the American Legion Post #6 and the Iowa Army National Guard.
The Hagerty family would like to thank all the staff at Mercy Hospital for the amazing care he received in his final days.