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-William P. Gilpin-

William P. “Bill” Gilpin, 81, longtime Iowa City businessman, died Wednesday March 3, 2010 died at Mercy Hospice of complication related to dementia.

Visitation was held from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Lensing Funeral Service, Iowa City, at 6:30 p.m. friends and family shared many memories of Bill. Funeral Mass Celebration was held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 6, 2010 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Iowa City. Burial with military honors was conducted at St Joseph Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Mercy Hospital Foundation for the Mercy Hospice Care or Friends of the Animal Foundation Center. On-line condolences may be directed to www.lensingfuneral.com.

Bill was born December 14, 1928 in Highland Park, MI, the son of Earl and Novella Bradley Gilpin. The family moved to Iowa City in 1929 where Bill graduated from City High School in 1946 and later received his associate degree from Iowa City Commercial College. He served in the U.S. Army in Korea from 1946 to 1947. On February 5, 1951 Bill married Joan Hotle in Iowa City.

Bill owned and operated the family business, Gilpin Paint and Glass, which was located at the corner of Market and Gilbert, until his retirement in 1988. His father, Earl, founded the business in 1940.

Bill was civic-minded. He was past chair of the Iowa City Riverfront Commission and past president of the Iowa City Jaycees. His memberships included St. Mary’s Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus, lifetime member of the American Legion, past member of St. Thomas More Church (where he served as chair of the parish council), past chair of the Mautz Paint Dealer Advisory Board, and founding member of the Bored Meeting.

Bill was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, and uncle. His humor, friendship and leadership will be greatly missed.

Bill is survived by his wife, Joan, and their seven children: Patrick (Sandra) Gilpin and Victoria Gilpin, both of Iowa City; Rebecca (Bruce) Milne of Edmonton, Alberta CAN; Bradley (Deborah) Gilpin of Iowa City; Jay (Staci) Gilpin of Duluth, MN; Jean Gilpin  (Todd Gillihan) of Iowa City; and Elizabeth (Don) Bernard of Whitehall MT; nine grandchildren: Alysha, Meghan, Katie, Abbey, Andrew (Sarah), Nathan, Kenna, Tessa and Koby; his sister Dorothy Connell of Iowa City; brother-in-law Thomas (Millie) G. Hotle; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents Earl and Novella Gilpin; and sisters and bothers-in-law, William Connell and Dr. Richard and Jean Hotle Liebendorfer

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