Bill Silva


William Joseph Silvia, 62, of Ottumwa, died at 9:43 a.m. February 1, 2022 at home.

He was born July 20, 1959 in Newport, RI to Richard Gabriel and Audrey Pearl Hull Silvia. Bill married Carol J. Lennie on April 19, 2011 in Las Vegas, NV.

Growing up in Rhode Island, Bill served with the US Marine Corps. He traveled with the Ringling Bros. Circus and on August 28, 1979 he moved to Ottumwa. Bill had been a karaoke DJ host for 12 years and was known as “D.J. Gummie Bear.”

Surviving is his wife, Carol; his daughters, Kristi Mantor and Amber Bosteder both of Des Moines; adopted daughter, Nicole Clarke of Cedar Rapids; step-sons, Tim Polson and Aric Heckart; several grandchildren including, Melanie Courtney of Ottumwa, Wesley Polson of Fairfield, Donald Mantor of Des Moines, Drake Heckart and Stevie Heckart; siblings, Cathy Silvia Geary of Chester, VA, Patricia Silvia of Newport, RI and Frank Silvia of Newport, RI.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

His body has been cremated.

Memorial services will be 3 p.m. Saturday, February 5th at Hickory Grove Community Church with Chaplain Doug McAntire officiating. For those unable to attend the service, it may be viewed live on the Reece Funeral Home Facebook page. Military honors will be conducted by Walter B. Schafer Post #775 Veterans of Foreign Wars and O.B. Nelson Post #3 American Legion.

Memorials may be made to the family or Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Association for research.

Reece Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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