Thursday, September 6, 2018

High School Classmate has died... Bill Nye

High School Classmate has died... Bill Nye

It is always a bit of a shock when a classmate passes away. We lose older friends and family all the time, of course, both older and younger. We had less than 30 students in our class. We have lost about a half dozen. Each one hits very close. The last one was a cousin. 'Willie' Nye, as we knew him then, was not someone I was close to, in school, but got to know him better at a reunion or two. A U. S. Marshall. Wow! That was not expected, for sure. He will be missed by all who knew him.


Private ceremony for Bill Nye, 79

A life well lived is all anyone can ask. Not rich, not poor. Not famous, nor influential.
Never quiet and occasionally rough around the edges. Bill Nye’s life was well lived through his sense of humor, generosity, love of the land, patriotism and loyalty to his friends.
Born January 20, 1939, as the only child of Dr. William Nye and DeEtta Nye, Bill’s sense of duty and responsibility developed at an early age with the death of his father when Bill was 12. His preparatory education consisted of attending school in Dedham, Iowa and working on the farm before and after school.
Studies at ISU, NW Missouri State and Drake preceded his entry into his career in law enforcement.
Bill graduated from the Des Moines Police Academy in 1964 and went on to work with the Iowa State Narcotics Unit and the Des Moines Police Department.
He concluded his law enforcement career as a Deputy U.S. Marshal in 1988.
Never fully retired, Bill worked as a private investigator on a local and nationwide basis for many years and served as president of the Council of International Investigators.
He actively invested in farming and devoted many hours to the annual Variety Club telethon.
Bill is survived by his daughter, Kristy Nye, Milo, Iowa, her mother, Diane Nye Morris of Simi Valley, California and granddaughter, Amanda Nye of San Diego, California.
A gathering of friends will be held at the Mason Funeral Home, 902 N. State Street, Pleasantville, Iowa on Wednesday, September 5 at 6:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Des Moines Police Burial Association, U.S. Marshal’s Foundation or Variety Club.
William P. Nye died August 30, 2018, at the age of 79. A life well lived.
A private burial ceremony will be held at the City of Carroll Cemetery.

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