William ‘Bill’ McCarthy
July 20, 1945 – July 17, 2020
A funeral Mass for William “Bill” McCarthy, 74 of Algona, will be held Friday, July 31, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Cecelia Catholic Church in Algona. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Algona with military honors conducted. Visitation is 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, July 30, at Oakcrest Funeral Services of Algona. The Funeral Mass will be livestreamed on the Five Saints Catholic Community YouTube Channel https://www.youtube.com/user/stceceliaalgona. Social distancing practices will be followed both at the visitation and the funeral. Masks are required for the funeral Mass on Friday and requested at the visitation on Thursday.
William Bill McCarthy was born July 20, 1945, in Algona, Iowa, as the seventh of 16 children born to Donald McCarthy and Marion (Haan) McCarthy. He graduated from Bishop Garrigan High School in 1963 and completed two years of college at Creighton University in Omaha before he was drafted into the U.S. Army and served for two years. He returned to Creighton University and graduated with an Economics/Accounting degree. Following graduation, he chose to reside in Omaha, where he met the “best thing that ever happened to him” and was united in marriage with Janna Siedelmann, on June 7, 1975, at St. Margaret Mary’s Catholic Church in Omaha. The couple had to celebrate their 45th anniversary apart due to the coronavirus as Bill was in a medical facility during the pandemic.
Learning was an important part of Bill’s life. He received his private pilot’s license in 1977. Learning computer programming became a passion when he was not working. He was a stock/commodities and mortgage broker and enjoyed building anything, a skill he learned while growing up in St. Benedict and Algona. Bill was known for his “McCarthyisms.” He enjoyed saying: “You’re all right; you just think you ain’t!” He never met a stranger and shared many stories about life growing up on a farm with a large family. He loved people and life and will be missed dearly.
He was recently diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s Disease/ALS and passed away on July 17, 2020, just days away from his 75th birthday.
Bill is survived by his wife, Janna; son Matthew McCarthy (Cathy) of Denver, Colo., and grandson, Willie; son Michael McCarthy (Katie Courvoisier) of San Francisco, Calif., and their daughter Lucia McCarthy. He is also survived by siblings: Sister Jeanette McCarthy, Dubuque, Iowa; Eileen Hovelsen, Huntington Beach, Calif.; Cathy Heinen, Berwick, Iowa; Luke (Lynn) McCarthy, San Marino, Calif.; David McCarthy (Judy) of Rapid City, S.D.; Denise McCarthy, Denver, Colo.; and Al (Deb) McCarthy, Parker, Colo.; sisters-in-law Joy McCarthy, Dubuque, Iowa; Deb McCarthy, Centennial, Colo.; and Les McCarthy, Langley, Wash.; his mother-in-law Patricia Siedelmann, Omaha, Neb.; and many nieces, nephews, and extended family including Janna’s family.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Donald and Marion McCarthy; siblings Leo McCarthy, Gene McCarthy, Father John McCarthy, Father Patrick McCarthy, Jerome McCarthy, Phillip McCarthy, Tim McCarthy and Paula McCarthy; and father-in-law Lloyd Siedelmann.
Oakcrest Funeral Services of Algona is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.oakcrestfuneralservices.com.