William ‘Willie’ Ibach, 78, of Linton
William was born Aug. 1, 1934, in Strasburg, the son of Joseph and Magdalena (Senger) Ibach. He was raised on a farm 14 miles east of Linton. His family moved back to the family homestead eight miles northeast of Strasburg.
Willie married Helen Jahner on June 23, 1958, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, west of Strasburg.
Following their marriage, they lived and farmed on the family homestead until retiring into Linton in 1995.
Willie was a member of the Beaver Valley Horse Club, the Lions Club, Knights of Columbus, Catholic Order of Foresters and Dakota Sunrise Campers for 18 years. He enjoyed horse and buggy, snowmobiling, playing cards, driving his electric car, camping, his grandchildren and praying the Rosary every day.
As a child, Willie suffered from Rheumatic Fever and as a result of this, his aortic valve was damaged. He had his first valve replacement in 2001. In 2002, Willie was diagnosed with salivary gland cancer. After his surgery and radiation treatments, he fully recovered. On Feb. 4, 2013, Willie received his second valve replacement in which he was still recovering from, and was just starting to feel better.
Grateful to have shared his life are his wife of 54 years, Helen, Linton; two sons and daughters-in-law, Kevin and Deb Ibach, Sioux Falls, S.D., and Tim and Audrey Ibach, Sioux Falls; a daughter and son-in-law, Lori and Glen Gefroh, Linton; seven grandchildren, Ian, Taryn, Brandon, Tyler, Derek, Jadyn and Boston; five sisters and brothers-in-law, Isabelle Keller, West Allis, Wis., Deloris and Jim Sette, Sacramento, Calif., Maggie and Jack Sheehan, Brookfield, Wis., Millie and Pete Nagel, Bismarck and Arlene Ibach of Bismarck.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Gerard (2 days); a daughter, Shirley (2 1/2 years); a brother and sister-in-law, Alouis and Sally Ibach; four sisters and brothers-in-law, Mary and George Kelsch, Jean Sullivan, Luella and Ed Rohrich and Cecelia and Joe Voller.
Funeral Mass was held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 26, 2013, at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, Linton with celebrant Fr. David Richter. Organist was Susan Schumacher. Vocal music was by Jolene Silvernagel. Scripture readers were Taryn Ibach and Deb Ibach. Communion minister was Deb Ibach. Gift bearers were the grandchildren. Mass servers were Kimberly and Cassie Gefroh. Music was “Daddy’s Hands,” “The Old Rugged Cross,” “Amazing Grace,” “How Great Thou Art,” “Supper of the Lord,” “You are Mine,” “Song of Farewell” and “The Beatitudes.” Casketbearers were Ian Ibach, Taryn Ibach, Derek Ibach, Tyler Ibach, Jadyn Gefroh, Boston Gefroh, Brandon Ibach and Stephanie Henderson.
Honorary casketbearers were step-grandchildren, Heather, Brandy, Ethan and Layla Duggan, Willie’s coffee and card buddies, and Dakota Sunrise Campers.
Interment was in St. Anthony’s Catholic Cemetery, Linton.
Please visit www.myersfh.com to sign the online guestbook and share memories of Willie with his family.