Arlyn R. Billerbeck, 84

Arlyn R. Billerbeck, 84, of Reinbeck, Iowa, passed away on Monday, September 10, 2018, at Parkview Manor in Reinbeck, Iowa, while under the care of Cedar Valley Hospice. A funeral service for Arlyn will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, September 14, 2018, at the Union Congregational United Church of Christ in Reinbeck with Rev. Joel Love officiating. Burial will follow the luncheon at Reinbeck Cemetery with graveside military rites conducted by the American Legion Post #242 of Reinbeck. A visitation will be held at the Union Congregational United Church of Christ in Reinbeck on Thursday, September 13, 2018, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. French-Hand Funeral Home in Reinbeck is caring for Arlyn and his family. Online messages of condolence may be made to the Billerbeck family at www.abelsfuneralhomes.com.

Arlyn Ray Billerbeck, son of Alfred and Norma (Meggers) Billerbeck, was born January 24, 1934, on a farm in Tama County, Iowa. He attended Grant #8 Country School and graduated in 1952 from Reinbeck High School. During the Korean War, Arlyn honorably served in the United States Army. Following his discharge, Arlyn was united in marriage to JoAnn Schreck at the U.C.C. Church in Reinbeck. The couple resided on a farm outside of Reinbeck. Arlyn was a lifelong farmer and also sold farm related products. On 2014, he attended an honor flight to the Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. Arlyn was a member of the U.C.C. Church in Reinbeck. His memberships also included the Circle R’s Square Dancing Club in which he was involved for over 32 years, serving twice as State Co-Chairman and attended 30 conventions; 40 & 8 Club, Barn Quilt Committee and was a former Grundy County Fair Superintendent. Arlyn’s hobbies included square dancing, farming, watching football and baseball games. He especially enjoyed attending all of his children and grandchildren’s activities including 4-H.

Survivors include his children, Denise (David) Freeseman, of Parkersburg, Kevin Billerbeck, of Reinbeck, Glenda Billerbeck, also of Reinbeck, Brent (Laura) Billerbeck, of Yukon, OK., Craig (Mary) Billerbeck, of Waterloo; grandchildren: Melissa (Kyle) Henrichs, Jason (Pam) Freeseman & Ashley (Shane) Oltman; Cory Snyder; Ryan, Noah & Ben Billerbeck, Hope (Kevin) Miller; Samuel & Pete Billerbeck; great-grandchildren: Colton, Abby Jo and Jack Henrichs; Matthew Freeseman and Aaron Oltman. Arlyn is also survived by his brother, Gaylord “Gig” Billerbeck, of Reinbeck.

In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his wife JoAnn; daughter, Colleen and sister-in-law, Gladyce Billerbeck.