Bill "Jonas" Cutler

August 22, 1947November 8, 2013
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Bill "Jonas" Cutler passed peacefully November 8, 2013, after a valiant fight for his life. Bill proudly served in the Navy on the USS Osborn, serving in Vietnam, Japan, the Philippines, Malaysia and Alaska and is named on the VFW Beaverdale Wall. Bill was a larger than life character and as a founding member of the "All Center Bums" and a Roosevelt graduate, he routinely attended Cronies Breakfast and ACB security council meetings with loyal and lifelong friends.

His business career centered on the travel industry beginning as a Las Vegas tour operator before joining TravelPro, the family business, and ultimately launching CTM with his late wife Daria. He travelled extensively in Europe and fell in love with Ireland; he was also captivated by the islands of the Caribbean.

A charter member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Bill was a passionate collector of rock and roll memorabilia and had the largest collection in the Midwest. His prized possessions included everything from a signed Buddy Holly and the Crickets poster from 1958 to a rare Rolling Stones pinball machine. He was an avid concert goer and on a perpetual quest to meet his favorite performers and add their autographs to his collection. Bill could be found hanging out with Mick (Jagger) at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame or hopping on the BB King Tour bus when it passed through Des Moines. From the Dead to John Lee Hooker to Bob Dylan, Bill was "that guy" in the front row who was always having more fun than everyone else.

Visitation is at McLaren's Funeral Chapel (West Des Moines) on Monday, November 11th from 6 to 8 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. and "you won't want to miss this...." the final encore will be at Saint Augustin's at 1 p.m. Tuesday, November 12th, 2013. Burial will be at Resthaven Cemetery in West Des Moines.

Bill is member of the large and lively Cutler clan and is survived by his loving wife Renae, who shares his eclectic taste in music and collecting and who cared for Bill throughout his illness; his children, Jonas (Amy), Daniel, Lily, Jessinda and Sophia, parents E. Gene and Jane Cutler, siblings Steve (Jane), Patrick (Priscilla), Dan (Sharon), Michael, Maureen and Kathleen (Steve). He is blessed with 5 grandchildren, Acacia, Arianna, Adelei, Olivia and Kingston as well as nieces and nephews too many to count. Bill is preceded in death by his first wife, Lauri, and Daria, his wife of 20 years.

"It's only Rock and Roll" ....and it will never be the same without him.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The After School Arts Program in Des Moines ( or Bill's site ( to assist with the cost medical bills.


  • Visitation Monday, November 11, 2013
  • Prayer Service Monday, November 11, 2013
  • Funeral Mass Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Bill "Jonas" Cutler

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Nancy (Clark) Stillians

November 19, 2013

Caught by this portrait, I knew Bill Jonas Cutler only through his parents, Gene and Jane, and his grandmother Hortense, However, I want to be included in those reminded by his passing of the importance of living fully, of honoring friends and family and of bringing as much joy and celebration into this the time of our lives. Bill added to his inheritance of optimism from his parents and his ragtime grandmother Hortense in ways that obviously contributed to those of you fortunate enough to know him. Love and Joy!

John Press

November 14, 2013

R.I.P. old friend.Maybe we'll have some great times again in the next go around. John Press ACB 67.

November 14, 2013

~ life fully lived, Bill. rest peacefully. scot carr

Linda Kreger

November 13, 2013

Our family will miss Bill more than I can say. Gone too soon, but you have your three beautiful children in this world to carry on your love and light. Remembering you will always bring a smile to my face and to my heart.

Linda Kreger

Patty Thyberg

November 12, 2013

Rest in Peace Jonas, you deserve it. You will be missed. My condolences to the Cutler Family

T.J. Grove

November 11, 2013

If Bill hadn't have produced some of the most beautifully candid and loving children I would be a very different person today. I owe him my thoughts, love, and gratitude for that.

pam frey

November 11, 2013

Gene Garton

November 11, 2013

Bill, so glad I got a chance to visit with you at Flanagan's that night. You, my friend, will be missed by all. So many years ago I remember your crazy wild ways. RIP.

Gene & Kathy Flanagan Garton

November 11, 2013

Bill had a great spirit, he will be missed by all. Sending more Irish love and prayers to the Cutler Clan.

Linda Wigod

November 11, 2013

My condolences to the Cutler family, may God be with you during this difficult time.I heard many wonderful stories about Bill from his brother Mike.