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William A. "Bill" Derksen, Jr., 93, of West Point, Iowa, passed away at 11:47 p.m., Saturday, August 1, 2015 at Fort Madison Community Hospital from pneumonia.

Born July 29, 1922 in Ingalls, Kansas, the son of William A., Sr. and Ruby Gladys (Kerr) Derksen. He married Rosanna Matilda Boeding on July 4, 1944, in Kansas City, MO. She preceded him in death on November 13, 2010.

He is survived by three daughters, Deanna Krogmeier of Fairfield, California; Virginia "Ginger" (Ron) Westberg of West Point, Iowa; and Sheryl (Dennis) Nicklaus of Batavia, Illinois; one son Gregory (Rita) Derksen of Colfax, California; one sister-in-law; 12 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; one step-grandson; two step-great-grandsons; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Rosanna; one daughter, Mary; three sisters, Margaret Smith, Helen Maxine "Mac" McCoy, and Betty Crosby; and one brother Donald "Doc" Derksen. He was the last surviving member of his family.

Bill was a member of St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church in West Point. He grew up on a farm near Granger, Missouri. Bill and Rose lived and raised five children in West Point. "Clicker Bill" operated a filling machine at the Dupont plant in Fort Madison for 37-1/2 years before retiring in 1983. In his younger years, he enjoyed hunting and fishing. Bill also enjoyed tinkering in his garage, working on bicycles, antiques, and refinishing furniture. Bill was a very quiet man, but devoted to his wife, children, and his grandchildren.

Friends may call after 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 4, 2015, at the Schmitz-Lynk Funeral Home in West Point. There will be a Parish Rosary recited at 3:00 p.m. and a Christian Wake Service will be held at 7:00 p.m. The family will meet with friends from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. that evening at the funeral home.
 
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, August 5, 2015, at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church in West Point with Father Dennis Hoffman as the Celebrant.
 
Burial will be at the Calvary Cemetery in West Point.

A memorial has been established in his memory.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.schmitzlynkfuneralhome.com . The Schmitz-Lynk Funeral Home in West Point is assisting the family with the arrangements.