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“For all the years I've known Bill he never ever talked about drinks or bartending. We talked about math and science and books and history. I always...Read More »
1 of 19 | Posted by: Jennifer Yokopenic - Niles, IL

“I go to Dubuque ever other month and that isn't often but whenever I walked up to the bar Bill knew I wanted a Bloody Mary. I just spent a week...Read More »
2 of 19 | Posted by: Marilyn Hansen - Charlotte, NC

“I first meet Bill many years ago in the HOG Kill dept @ Dubuque Pack,he was a header (the hardest job in the plant) he never complained just kept...Read More »
3 of 19 | Posted by: Mike Spautz - Dubuque, IA

“We met Bill many years ago at the Casino. It was always a pleasure to see him and talk with him. He greeted us with a smile; we felt like friends,...Read More »
4 of 19 | Posted by: Jim & Pat Thomson - Glendale, WI

“To the Family,I am sorry for your great loss. May the God who "binds up the broken-hearted " and " comforts all who mourn" sustain your family...Read More »
5 of 19 | Posted by: T F

“To Bill's family, so sorry for your loss. Bill was a classmate from St Pat's. He was always kind and would be there to help when he could. I always...Read More »
6 of 19 | Posted by: Kim Harrell - Mulberry, FL

“I am so sorry Bill had to go though this, I had three in my family members with the same so I do know. I always called Bill the man who knows...Read More »
7 of 19 | Posted by: lynda derks - Dubuque, IA

“RIP my friend ”
8 of 19 | Posted by: Suzanne Potter - Lakeland, FL

“Every time I see Bill. He always has a smile on his face. He was a jolly guy. ”
9 of 19 | Posted by: Patty Flynn - Dubuque, IA

“I worked with Bill at the casino, he was always smiling,I know I speak for everyone at the Q casino when I he will be dearly missed ”
10 of 19 | Posted by: Mark Mcdonald - Dubuque, IA

“BILL-we met you at the casino but felt like we knew you forever.you always greeted us with a smile.we will miss our conversations and that smile! we...Read More »
11 of 19 | Posted by: mike-marilyn allendorf - dubuque, IA

“My deepest condolences to Ginny, Paul and all of Billy's family. I don't have a single memory of Billy that doesn't include a smile. I knew Billy my...Read More »
12 of 19 | Posted by: Tim & Traci Welsh - Santa Clara, UT

“So sorry for your loss. Bill was a grateful man. ”
13 of 19 | Posted by: wanda russett - dubuque, IA

“Our hearts go out to the family. He was a nice guy and had the best mother in the world. ”
14 of 19 | Posted by: David and Linda Kohn - DUBUQUE, IA

“Bill is in our hearts with a smile. We will always remember him as one of the nicest people we have known. We are saddened by the loss of Bill....Read More »
15 of 19 | Posted by: Kevin & Michele Dague - GA

“The kindest person I've ever met in my whole life. So unfair, God takes the best. May you rest in peace Bill. ”
16 of 19 | Posted by: Sally Randall - Dubuque, IA

“Growing up on Lowell across the street from Bill and his family was a Memory I will always remember. Kick the Can till late hours of the evening was...Read More »
17 of 19 | Posted by: Theresa Cannavo (Theis) - IA

“Although I am unable to attend the services, I'd like to send my condolences to the Schiel Family on Bill's passing. Words alone cannot express my...Read More »
18 of 19 | Posted by: Gary Ruden - Dubuque, IA

“Bill was a great person and wonderful neighbor. He was always smiling and waving to everyone in the neighbor hood. Bill will be greatly missed. ”
19 of 19 | Posted by: Cindy and John Hanson - Dubuque, IA


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William P. "Billy" Schiel, age 57, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 5:10 a.m., on Tuesday, May 2, 2017, at home, surrounded by his loving family. To honor Billy's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Friday, May 5, 2017, at St. Patrick's Church, 1425 Iowa Street, with Msgr. Thomas E. Toale officiating. To celebrate Billy's life, family and friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., on Thursday, May 4, 2017, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where a parish scripture wake service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Billy was born on June 27, 1959, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of John "Honus" and Margaret "Ginny" (McPoland) Schiel.

Billy was a proud graduate of Wahlert High School, Class of 1977. He was a lifelong resident of Dubuque who eagerly invested his work life with FDL, Chi-Chi's, and finally with the Mystique Casino since its beginning over 21 years ago. He was known as the "friendly bartender" who may not have always known your name, but definitely remembered your favorite drink. Billy was a loyal family man who thoroughly enjoyed every opportunity to bond with his family. Billy faithfully managed the family's vacation fund and looked forward to their regular excursions together where the worries of work could be left behind and the joys of family could be embraced. Billy was also a fun loving man who happily anticipated his well earned trips with friends to both Las Vegas and Mexico. In his free time, Billy was always up for a friendly hand of cards, or generously helping out anyone who needed a hand. Billy was well known, within his inner circles, for his tenacious ability at practicing the art of "patience" on the golf course and also on repair projects around the house. Sadly, our time here on earth with Billy has been far too short, and our hearts ache with the pain of loss which only faith and time can heal. But we thankfully find subtle amounts of peace and comfort in trusting that Billy is once again reunited with his Dad and that they'll both be in good company until we see them again.

Those left to cherish Bill's memory include

his adoring mother,
Margaret "Ginny" Schiel, Dubuque, IA;

his 6 siblings,
Bruce Schiel, Fort Myers, FL,
Robert "Bo" (Ronda) Schiel, Dubuque, IA,
Paul (Ana) Schiel, Winston-Salem, NC,
Diane (Richard "Byrd") Hoffman, Dubuque, IA,
Janet (Ronald "Woody") Stumpf, Dubuque, IA
and Nancy (Dan) Biechler, Marion, Iowa;

14 nieces and nephews;

and 18 great-nieces and great-nephews.

Billy was preceded in death by his father, John Schiel; and a brother-in-law, Stephen Stumpf.

A William P. "Billy" Schiel memorial fund has been established, which will be distributed among his favorite charities.

The family would like to thank Dr. Kenneth Steffen, Dr. Eric Engelman, and Hospice of Dubuque for their kind and compassionate care of Bill and his family.