In memory of

William "Bill" Determan

April 22, 1947 - October 4, 2021
From: Sioux City, IA | Originally: Early, IA
William "Bill" Determan

William "Bill" Determan

Born: April 22, 1947
Died: October 4, 2021
Age: 74
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   William U. Determan (Bill), born April 22, 1947, was the oldest child of Urban and Kathleen (Landgraf) Determan.  He grew up on a farm near Early, IA, graduated from Sacred Heart High School, and attended Iowa State University, earning his agricultural economics degree in 1969.
   On October 2, 1971, he married his life-long partner in love and life, Susan (Jeckell).  Making a home south of Early for nearly 30 years, they built a beautiful life based on faith, family, and farming.   Throughout various livestock and agricultural businesses, Bill and Susan tirelessly worked to build a legacy of hardwork, integrity and respect.   In 2006, their livestock business took them to Nebraska for two years, before they settled in Sioux City, IA.  Throughout his life Bill was a constant thinker and trusted voice, with an idea always at work and a unique talent to help ‘make it happen’.
   He enjoyed any road trip, crop checking on a Sunday afternoon, visiting with family and going to see his two grandchildren.   Often attending local sporting events, going for walks with Susan, or enjoying live music and theater, Bill was not one to remain idle.  Regardless of where he was, Bill was easy to spot in his jeans (never shorts) and a cap.   
   Faith was fundamental in Bill’s life.  He was involved at Trinity Heights (in Sioux City, IA) with various projects and often led the afternoon rosary, embracing the spirit of Trinity as ‘Catholic in our theology and ecumenical in intent and appeal’.
   Bill battled various health issues over the past 10-15 years.  His journey reinforced the importance of faith and family.  He finally found peace, as he passed away from complications of a bleeding ulcer on October 4, 2021, with Susan by his side as always. 
   He is lovingly remembered by his wife Susan, daughter Billie Determan (Morristown, NJ), son Barry & Traci Determan, and their children Ashlie & Tyler (Adel, IA); sister Rosemary & Roger Groteluschen (Marshalltown, IA), brother Steve & Barb Determan (Early, IA), sister Jan & Kirby Burhop (Schaller, IA), sister-in-law Janet & LeRoy Houdeshell (Sioux Falls, SD) and 12 nieces and nephews.  Bill was blessed to have many extended family members and friends, including Uncle George & Margaret Landgraf (Ida Grove, IA), Aunt Jean Jackson (Bettendorf, IA), Aunt Helen Eckerman (Conrad, IA) and Aunt Lois & Roger Kipf (Lady Lake, FL).

Memorials may be made to: Trinity Heights of Sioux City, Iowa, St. Thomas Aquinas Student Center of Ames, Iowa, or a charity of your choice.

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Mass of Christian Burial
10:30 a.m., Friday
October 8, 2021
Sacred Heart Catholic Church
Early, Iowa

Father David Hemann
4:00 - 7:00 p.m., Thursday
4:00 p.m. - Rosary held by Trinity Heights
6:30 p.m. - Prayer Service
October 7, 2021
Farber & Otteman Funeral Home
Sac City, Iowa
Sacred Heart Cemetery
Early, Iowa


Tuesday, October 19, 2021 at 8:59 AM
“Dear Susan and family, I was so sorry to see Bill's death notice in the parish bulletin today. My deepest sympathy to you and your family . May you find peace in the happy memories you two shared. ”
- Mary Margaret Wachter
Thursday, October 7, 2021 at 8:02 AM
“Dear Susan, We are so sorry to hear of Bill's passing. We pray that God will give you strength during these days, weeks and months ahead. Lynn and Joy Smith”
- Lynn Smith
Thursday, October 7, 2021 at 8:02 AM
“Dear Susan-I have thought of you many times over the years since our shared path at St. Mary's in Storm Lake. Your faith life was evident and I always felt comforted and welcomed by you. Please accept my sympathy at this sad time.”
- Laura Hahn Hanna
Wednesday, October 6, 2021 at 7:54 PM
“Dear Susan-I have thought of you many times over the years since our paths connected at St. Mary's in Storm Lake. Your faith life was engaging and as a young person starting out in the "real world," I always felt comfortable and welcomed in your presence. I am sorry for your loss. I will keep you and your family in my prayers at this sad time and in the days ahead. Eternal rest grant until Bill O Lord, and let the Perpetual Light shine upon him.”
- Laura Hahn Hanna
Wednesday, October 6, 2021 at 7:54 PM
“Susan and family: You have my deepest sympathies. Bill was always a friendly and highly respected man. Prayers for all of you.”
- Marlys Schmadeke
Wednesday, October 6, 2021 at 1:39 PM
“I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Bill. He was a great friend and partner to me and my family! We were all truly blessed to be able to have him in our lives. My heartfelt condolences go out to you.”
- Graydon Bell
Wednesday, October 6, 2021 at 9:58 AM
“Susan, Rosemary, Steve, and Jan, Please accept my sympathies for your loss. Bill was a good guy, and I really enjoyed chatting with him at our family reunions. You all are in my thoughts. John ”
- John Landgraf
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