Bill Hart


William C. “Redeye” Hart, 86, of Ottumwa, died June 14, 2024 at his home.

He was born May 9, 1938 in Story County, IA to Russell and Virginia Marker Hart. He married Shirla Sue Stewart August 5, 1990.

Growing up in Ohio for a few years, he and his family moved back to Marshalltown, IA before moving to Arizona. They moved back to Nevada, IA before Bill joined the U.S. Navy. He served 20 years in the U.S. Navy, having served in Vietnam. Having completed the 12-step recovery program while in the Navy, he trained as a counselor. He retired as Chief Electrician. After his service, he earned his bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University in Electrical Engineering. He worked at the Chillicothe Power Plant for a short time, for Scott Electric as a Master Electrician and for O’Brien Electric before owning and operating HARCO Electrical.

He later worked for Ottumwa Regional Health Center in the treatment center as the Substance Abuse Counselor. He counseled others at Harold Hughes Hall and was personally sober for over 50 years. He was a founding member of Sober and Clean, 5th Chapter, Tenth Souls Motorcycle Club. He also volunteered transporting veterans to their appointments.

He was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus Council #888 and a Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus General McMullen Assembly.

Surviving is his wife, Shirla; two daughters, Kim Hart of Florida and Chris Hart of Maryland; three step-children, Becki (Bob) Dible , Brenda (Steve) Brereton and Robert (Dawn) Tomlin,; ten grandchildren, Bobby (Sam) Dible, Austin (Tayle) Bakalar, Jasmine (Gabe) Boney, Landen Boney, Anna (Richie) Brereton, Nichole (Brandon) Stegall, Alicen (Randy) Daniels, Colt (Savannah) Dible, Robert Tomlin and Mason Tomlin; six great-grandchildren, Jayden, Hayden, Gizelle, Ariella, Chanel and Bowen; a brother, Pilgram Hart of Espinola, NM; sisters-in-law, Jo Stewart and Flo (Tony) Shedenhelm; and many nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by his parents.

His body has been cremated. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 29th at St. Patrick Catholic Church. Inurnment will follow at Memorial Lawn Cemetery with military honors conducted by Walter B. Schafer Post #775 Veterans of Foreign Wars and O.B. Nelson Post #3 American Legion.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Heartland Humane Society.

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