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Official Obituary of

William Schilling

October 30, 1931 ~ February 12, 2024 (age 92) 92 Years Old

William Schilling Obituary

William James Schilling, 92, of Bettendorf, Iowa, passed away peacefully at home February 12, 2024.

William “Bill” James was born to Samuel Peter and Anna Marie (Cox) Schilling on October 30th, 1931, in Cordova Illinois.  He married Marie “Selma” Cornilsen on June 10th, 1956. 

A Funeral will take place at 10:00 a.m. Monday, February 19, at Zion Lutheran Church in Clinton, with visitation starting at 9:00 a.m.  Schultz Funeral Home in DeWitt is in charge of arrangements.  Pallbearers will be nephews, Wally Schilling, Jim Lee, Dennis Malmstrom, Gordon Cornilsen, Tony Matthys, and friend, Russell Krogmann.

Bill proudly served the U.S. Marines from 1951-1953, and fought in the Korean War for 13 months. His nickname in the Marines was “Smiley”. He was so proud of his service and wore his Korean Veteran hat most everywhere he went. Bill was a member of the American Legion, post 0729. He worked for Collis Inc. in Clinton for 34 years. Bill and Selma loved to travel and took many trips through the years all over the US and Canada. He took several fishing trips up to Lake Kabetogama with the guys. Bill was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Clinton and made many friends there.

Bill was a devoted Grandpa to Adam, his helper, and Emily, his princess, and loved them dearly. The bond between them will be treasured always.

Bill is survived by his wife Selma; daughter Barb Reed and her husband Brian of DeWitt; grandson Adam Reed and his wife Cassie of Welton, and granddaughter, Emily Regenwether and her husband Brady of DeWitt.  Also surviving are his brother, Wally S. and his wife Fern; special “niesters”, Judy Dorhmann and Jackie Matthys; sisters-in-law Dolores Diercks and Bernadine Cornilsen; and many nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death was his special “niester”, Jane Dohrman, sisters, Helen Dohrmann, Shirley Boedecker, and Betty Lee. 

We called him our Energizer Bunny, rebounding from cancers, open heart surgery, and heart attacks.  Dementia was the last battle he fought.

Thank you to the Fountains staff and St. Croix Hospice staff for their amazing care and support for Bill and his family.

Arrangements are in the care of Schultz Funeral Home, DeWitt. Condolences may be expressed at

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February 19, 2024

9:00 AM to 9:45 AM
Zion Lutheran Church (Clinton)

Funeral Service
February 19, 2024

10:00 AM
Zion Lutheran Church (Clinton)


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