William D. Kellenberger

March 29, 1943 — May 25, 2022

Bettendorf

William D. Kellenberger

William D. Kellenberger, 79, resident of Bettendorf, died Wednesday, May 25th, 2022 at Genesis East Medical Center in Davenport. Visitation will be held from 3-5 p.m. on Monday, May 30, at Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home, Davenport, IA.  There will be additional visitation Tuesday, May 31 at St. John Vianney Catholic Church, Bettendorf. from 9 a.m. until the funeral Mass at 10 a.m.  Burial will be in the Rock Island National Cemetery, Arsenal Island.

 

Bill was born on March 29, 1943 in Davenport, the son of Helen (Luckerich) and William G. Kellenberger, Jr. He graduated from Central High School in 1961. Bill then attended Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa, CA, where he was a basketball star setting a proud record of 52 straight free throws. He served his country in Vietnam in the U.S. Army. Following his service in the military, Bill attended and graduated from St. Ambrose University. For a number of years after graduation from SAU, he was head of the English Department at Assumption High School. He will long be remembered by his students at Assumption for his devotion and dedication to teaching and to their lives. He loved seeing and visiting with them as they grew their lives and their families.  Bill also coached basketball, golf, and cross country at AHS and later enjoyed announcing their basketball games for a number of years.  

 

As Bill once wrote to his nephew, Matthew, who had recently become a teacher: "Regarding teaching others, it was the only job I ever had that paid me double. Money to live in the real world and a feeling of reward and satisfaction that was good for my soul. Everyone should have a job with those benefits. Something more than just a paycheck--this is one of the requirements for happiness. Always remember: 'to teach is to learn twice'. I always thought that was a good summation." 
 

After teaching at Assumption, Bill enjoyed a successful real estate career. 



Bill loved many people and they knew who they were--and others, not so much, and they knew who they were. 
 

Bill is survived by his wife of 31 years and love of his life, Mary; daughter Tory Dohrn (Jeff) of Davenport; daughter Erin Pottratz (Sean) of Coralville, IA; stepsons Duke Wolfe of New Mexico and Tucker Wolfe of Arizona; grandchildren Noah and Andrew Dohrn and Anthony, Payton, and Mitchell Pottratz; brother-in-law, Jim Schepker (Mary); sisters-in-law, Kate Rangel and Mickie Wiegand; his former wife, Judith Willits; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister, Joanne Ortiz, brothers-in law, Manuel Ortiz and Joe Rangel, and several nieces and nephews. Bill also mourned the deaths of his two beloved dogs, Jack and Cash. 

 

Billy loved a good bet, as many people know, especially on the golf course.  Peace and love, my sweet Billy.  I can't wait to

hold your hand once again.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Assumption High School, The Vera French Foundation, or an animal shelter of your choice. 

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Past Services

Visitation

Monday, May 30, 2022

3:00 - 5:00pm (Central time)

Halligan-McCabe-Devries Funeral Home

614 Main Street, Davenport, IA 52803

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Additional Visitation

Tuesday, May 31, 2022

9:00 - 10:00am (Central time)

St. John Vianney Catholic Church

4097 18th St, Bettendorf, IA 52722

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Mass

Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Starts at 10:00am (Central time)

St. John Vianney Catholic Church

4097 18th St, Bettendorf, IA 52722

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