In Memory of

Charles "Bill" Lawson

October 11, 1943 - October 1, 2021
From: Rockwell City, IA

Rockwell City – Charles “Bill” Lawson 77, passed away Friday, October 1, 2021 at  Accura HealthCare of Pomeroy in Pomeroy, from complications with Lewy Body Dementia.  Memorial Services will be 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, October 19, 2021 at St. Francis Catholic Church, Rockwell City, with Father Lynn Bruch officiating at the Mass of Christian Burial.  Burial will be at St. Joseph Cemetery in Lohrville.  Visitation will be 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19, at the Church until service time.  Memorials may be left to the discretion of the family.  Palmer & Swank Funeral Home is serving the family.

     Bill is survived by his wife Fran; their children, Chuck (Carrie) Lawson of Plano, TX, and their children, Brittany Lawson, Bailey Lawson, Taylor Lawson, Alexa Lawson, Michael Duplanty, Cassie Duplanty, and Brian Hicks;    Sue DeMilo of Lytton, and her children, Joey Paul, Stephanie Paul, and Brian Paul; and Matt (Lisa) Lawson of LuVerne, and their children, Jessica (Joey) Carroll, Kobe (Kadi) Lawson, Halle Lawson, and Ella Lawson; great-grandchildren, J.J. Hale, Kenlee Lawson, Kason Lawson, Bella Freeman, Jaylen Taylor, Amari Taylor, and one due in February; brother Denny Lawson of Cottonwood, AZ; sister-in-law Lorna Lawson of Urbandale; and brother-in-law and sister-in-law Frank and Lucille Walter of Cedar Falls; and other relatives and friends.

     He was preceded in death by his son Michael Lawson; his parents, Vernon and Lena (Ferrin) Lawson; brothers, Larry and John Lawson; grandson Chris Fritz; and son-in-law Doug DeMilo.

     Charles William Lawson was born October 11, 1943 at Adaza, Iowa.  He graduated from Lohrville High School, with the Class of 1962.  On April 4, 1964 he was united in marriage to Frances Walter at St. Joseph’s Church in Lohrville.  Bill worked for the Tasler Family.  In 1967, they farmed southwest of Lytton until 1989.  During his farming years, Bill also worked at Nobles in Sac City and New Idea in Fort Dodge.  He later worked as a car salesman for Macke Motors and Fitzpatrick’s in Storm Lake.  In 1989, Bill worked for Opportunity Living in transportation and maintenance.  In 1998, he worked as a correctional officer at Fort Dodge then transferring to Rockwell City until his retirement in 2006.  During Bill’s retirement life he owned and operated a lawn mowing and snow removal service until selling his business due to his health.  You can take the man off the farm, but you can’t take the farm out of the man.  Bill loved playing cards, fishing, casino trips, dancing, and attending grandkids music and sporting events. 

     Bill was a loving and generous to a fault, always ready with a quick $20 for gas, or anything his children and grandchildren needed.  Fran was the love of his life.  They celebrated 57 years of marriage and never dated anyone else after Junior – Senior High School.     

Memorial Mass
11:00 a.m. - Tuesday
October 19, 2021
St. Francis Catholic Church
Rockwell City, Iowa
Father Lynn Bruch
Honorary Casket Bearers
Darold Matter
Mike Villhauer
Leonard Moran
Bob Rossmanith
Ron Hammen
Darius Miller
Kim Courter
Dennis Mason
Bill Schumacher

9:30 a.m. - Tuesday
October 19, 2021
St. Francis Catholic Church
Rockwell City, Iowa
St. Joseph Cemetery
Lohrville, Iowa


Monday, November 22, 2021 at 11:08 AM
“Hello, I am Daniel Harrison a CNA at Shadey Oaks Care Facility, and I am deeply saddened to find out Bill has died. He always gave me a smile, and even gave me a nickname of doc. He found out I wanted to be one so he called me doc all the time. He was the a great person and I am sorry for your loss.”
- Daniel Harrison

Wednesday, October 20, 2021 at 7:33 AM
“Thinking of you and your family.”
- Marlene Glasnapp

Tuesday, October 19, 2021 at 9:10 AM
“I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers”
- Maureen Hobart

Sunday, October 17, 2021 at 12:41 PM
“Sorry to hear about Bill but it was God's time to call him. I know you will miss him. My sympathy and prayers are with you. Sorry I can't be at the funeral. ”
- Alice Mae Stotts

Tuesday, October 12, 2021 at 9:24 AM
“Our sympathy & prayers to all the family. May your precious memories help ease your pain at this sad time.”
- Jan & Bill Engler

Thursday, October 7, 2021 at 6:43 PM
“Another Family member passed. Bill will be missed like crazy.
We knew Bill as a Gentle Soul as many in his company also did.
Remembering our trips to Iowa having great Fun with Bill & Fran.
We know in our hearts that Bill is resting in peace. Our thoughts are with Fran and Family.
- James & Jeannie King

Tuesday, October 5, 2021 at 1:40 PM
“Frances Ann, so sorry to read about Bill's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. ”
- Johen Luhmann McCullough

Monday, October 4, 2021 at 2:14 PM
“You have my sympathy and prayers.”
- Colleen Siemann Post

Sunday, October 3, 2021 at 9:43 PM
“Sympathy to you Fran and your entire family! Bill and Paul will be celebrating their Oct 11th birthdays together in heaven this year! Will certainly hold you close in thought and prayer in the weeks and months ahead! Hugs! ”
- Lyla (Sonnenfeld) Johnson

Sunday, October 3, 2021 at 6:58 PM
“I was sad to read the news of Bills passing, to you Fran, Matt, Lisa & all the rest of the family I will keep you in my prayers, hold on to those memories, Janice Wetter”
- Janice Wetter

Sunday, October 3, 2021 at 5:15 PM
“We are so sorry to learn of Bill’s death. We pray for God’s peace and comfort. Enjoy all the memories your family shares. ”
- Arlyn and Virginia Hillmer

Sunday, October 3, 2021 at 2:48 PM
“Fran and family-. Sending you prayers and comfort for now and days in the future. "Uncle" Bill , as I liked to call him, was the most generous and genuine person we have had the pleasure of knowing! Hang tight to the memories!”
- Dennis & Karminason

Saturday, October 2, 2021 at 10:35 PM
“Fran, Matt, Lisa and family,
We are so saddened to hear of Bill's passing. He was a kind man and know how much he loved his family.
You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
Sending love and our deepest sympathy,
Cathy, Katie and Leona
- Cathy McIntire

Saturday, October 2, 2021 at 10:33 PM
“Fran, family and friends -- Such sadness, loss and memories this brings. But it also includes the good times with Bill at our occasional reunions over the years, showing me more of the love of life he had, and the fun he brought to so many around him. He will be greatly missed by many, and my hope is that the joy he showed will soon dominate our memories and bring nothing but smiles the vast majority of the time. Ok fullback Bill, one more run, simple handoff, right up the middle! Game well played! ”
- Kelt Kinnick

Saturday, October 2, 2021 at 10:33 PM
“Am so sorry for your loss ”
- Rayne

Saturday, October 2, 2021 at 9:39 PM
“Sending Love and prayers for this amazing man and his family. Being close to Matt growing up I witnessed first hand the example of a family man he set. I know his legacy will continue to live on in his children and grandchildren. May God bless you all. ”
- Eric Busch

Saturday, October 2, 2021 at 9:23 PM
“Fran & family, I always loved talking to Bill! Always was so kind & fun to tease! Such a sweetheart! Take care. ”
- Mary Richardson

Saturday, October 2, 2021 at 9:09 PM
“I loved my grandpa so much, he was strict at times yes but I knew it was because he loved me, fly high grandpa. I love you and miss you so much already ”
- Stephanie

Saturday, October 2, 2021 at 8:44 PM
“Fran and family, I am so sorry in the loss of Bill. He was such a good neighbor and friend. We grew up on farms near Adaza, Iowa. I’m sending love and sympathy. Many memories. ♥️ 🙏🏻”
- Mary Ann

Saturday, October 2, 2021 at 8:02 PM
“Our sincere sympathy. Bill was a decent guy. When I was a freshman, he was a senior. He was often across from me in football practice and just as often I got whacked. But he was never a bully. Just tough. RIP”
- Jim Wagner

Saturday, October 2, 2021 at 7:35 PM
“Our deepest sympathy for the loss of Bill. Sending prayers to his family. ”
- Diane (Hood) and Dick DeVries

Saturday, October 2, 2021 at 6:58 PM
“Rest in Peace, dear Bill”
- Kim and Amy Courter

Saturday, October 2, 2021 at 6:37 PM
“Sorry to hear Bills passing may he rest in peace prayers for the family sincerely Karen and bob”
- Karen and Bob gingery

Saturday, October 2, 2021 at 5:55 PM
“My prayers and sympathies to all the family. ”
- Jill Luhmann Brozek

Saturday, October 2, 2021 at 5:31 PM
“Fran & Family - Wishing you the strength to face the days ahead and wonderful memories to cherish forever.”
- Jerry Bean

Saturday, October 2, 2021 at 5:20 PM
“Fran, we are so sorry to hear of Bill's death. He was such a good man and will be missed by many. ”
- June Anderson McGowan

Saturday, October 2, 2021 at 3:25 PM
“Thoughts and prayers for you and your family. Sorry to hear of our classmates passing.”
- Janice Wolf

Saturday, October 2, 2021 at 2:38 PM
“So very sorry to hear of a classmate passing. We rode the same school bus. Prayers and condolences to Fran and family”
- Mary Cunningham Tannehill

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