William P. Maurer

April 5, 1939May 11, 2011

William P. Maurer West Des Moines/Ankeny

Bill Maurer’s goal was to live to be 113. He didn’t make it. William Page Maurer, 72, died Wednesday, May 11, 2011, at home of colon cancer. Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 14, 2011, at Ashworth Road Baptist Church, West Des Moines, at 11 a.m. with burial following at Resthaven Cemetery in West Des Moines. Visitation will be held Friday, May 13, 2011, from 5 to 7 p.m. at McLaren’s Chapel in West Des Moines.

Bill was born April 5, 1939, in Odebolt, to Neil and Grace Maurer. He grew up in Laurens, graduating from Laurens High School in 1957. He graduated with a political science degree from The University of Iowa, where he was a member of Phi Delta Theta and worked for The Daily Iowan, Iowa City Press-Citizen, The Des Moines Register, Des Moines Tribune, Associated Press and the University of Iowa Sports Information Office.

After serving three years as the base information officer at K.I. Sawyer AFB, Marquette, Mich., Bill returned to serve as managing editor of The Laurens Sun, the local newspaper owned by his parents, where he earned state and national awards for writing and editing.

Bill joined The Des Moines Register as a copy editor in 1972, and held numerous editing positions, including city editor of both the Tribune and The Register, managing editor of the Tribune and co-managing editor of The Register. He also served as director of public relations at Mercy Medical Center and director of marketing and public relations at the Iowa Heart Center. For more than 20 years he has owned and operated his marketing communications firm, Maurer and Others, which services hospitals and medical groups, not-for-profits and other clients. He also edited dsm magazine, and was the editorial mentor for the Iowa Independent.

Bill proudly eschewed social media. Had no friends on Facebook, refused offers to be LinkedIn, didn’t even tweet. But he certainly did love people and valued his social life—especially with a good blend of scotch in hand. Bill loved sports, often watching the Hawks at Kinnick Stadium and the Iowa Cubs at Principal Park. Bill is grateful to God for his family, the many friends and adventures he’s experienced, and a life well lived.

He is survived by his wife, Patrice; three daughters: Christine (Ted) Irvine, Kelley (Jay) Pennington and Paige (Jeff) Bower, all of Des Moines; step-son Tim (Sophie Hinkley) Schoepf of Chicago; step-daughter Amy Schoepf of Des Moines; grandchildren Mac and Maggie Irvine, Cal and Addie Pennington and Sophia Bower; sister Margaret Semke of Shakopee, Minn.; and niece Lori Semke of St. Louis Park, Minn. He was preceded in death by his parents.

His wish is that memorial contributions be made to Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity, 2341 Second Ave., Des Moines, IA 50313, to help build a home for a deserving family.


  • Visitation

    Friday, May 13, 2011

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, May 14, 2011


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May 17, 2011

Patrice and Family:
I was very saddened to hear of Bill's death. He and I were life long friends.
His dry humor and wit will be sorely missed by all who knew him.
I want to express my sincere sympathy to all of you.
God Bless!

Bill Rubel
Davenport, IA 52807

May 16, 2011

Dearest Patrice, We are so surprised and saddened to hear of Bill's death. Asking God to put His loving arms around you and draw you so close.
With love, prayers, and hugs,
Earl and Carol Robbins

Ann Hale

May 16, 2011

Dear Patrice. You and your family are very much in my thoughts. I truly wish that I had gotten to know Bill. From everyone's comments and from what I know about you and the type of person you would choose to fall in love and share your life with - I know that he was a very special and unique person. It is so wonderful that the two of you found each other - and I hope that your precious memories and your family and friends will help you get through this difficult time. Please count me in as one of those faithful friends - and know that you are being sent lots of love and support from Arizona.

Julie Pedigo

May 14, 2011

Patrice and family, you are in my thoughts and prayers. I never knew Bill Maurer speaking......and I share April 5th. Made me smile.

May 14, 2011

Dear Patrice,
I was saddened to hear of Bill's death. He and my husband, Don Dallenbach, were buddies from elementary school through college. We always looked forward to seeing Bill in Laurens when we visited, and thoroughly enjoyed the Laurens High School reunions. Don died three years ago from colon cancer. I can see in my mind's eye those two with scotch in hand celebrating their lives.
Lee Dallenbach

Rob Davis

May 14, 2011

Although I never worked for Bill, I knew him through the journalism community in Des Moines. I remember a meeting we had with the county attorney at the time. He didn't like some story that was being reported by print and broadcast. Bill was there, tough but professional and told it like it was. I have never forgotten that. It epitomized what journalism and a journalist is all about. Bill, may you rest in peace, and condolences to his family.

May 14, 2011

Bill was such a true family friend to the Fitzgerald Clan of Laurens. He was quick-witted and full of fun. He will be missed!
Janet (Fitzgerald) Utesch

Daryl Long

May 14, 2011

Bill added alot to his parents award winning newpaper business in Laurens. I was one of their customers for 43 years in a hardware store here. God Bless.

May 14, 2011

Dear Maurer family; I grew up in Pocahontas and played ball against Bill in HS. Several of my teammates and I were invited to the Maurer home one evening after we competed against Laurens. Is that class??? Later we moved to Laurens where I taught and coached. Bill wrote our game stories. We remained friends. You have our smypathy. May God grant you peace.
Jerry & Edna Yocum Algona, Iowa

Denis Crotty

May 14, 2011

My sincere sympathy to Patrice & the family upon the news of Bill's death. May God continue to bless each of you.

As you take your final bow, Bill, know that you've done a great job. Your parents would be as proud of your life's accomplishments as you were of theirs. Godspeed to you and Hello to Neil & Grace up there in heaven.