William James (Bill) Immel was born in Charles City, Iowa on October 1, 1935, a son of Wilbur J. and Hazel (Meyer) Immel. He graduated from Charles City High School in 1953. He was a co-op student at the Charles City Press his Senior year and continued working there after his graduation. In 1954, after his brother Jack graduated, they and two of their buddies joined the United States Air Force. He and Jack were stationed together all four years, sometimes even flying together as Boom Operators. Bill and Jack entered the University of Iowa in 1958 and after one semester, when they found that the university didn’t give good grades for perfect attendance at Joe’s Place and the Airliner, they transferred to Mason City Junior College, graduating with honors in 1960. It was while in Mason City that Bill met his future wife, Loretta Dorothy Jebe at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa. Loretta was teaching at Rockwell High School and they were married in Waterloo, Iowa on June 10, 1960. They then headed back to the University of Iowa where Bill graduated with a B.A. Degree in 1962. Just prior to his graduation the Central Intelligence Agency recruited him to work at the National Photographic Interpretation Center in Washington, D.C. as a photo interpreter. Six months later he received his first commendation for his work during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Bill and Loretta raised three children, Lorna Desiree, Lisa Dawn, and William Jebe (Jay) in Virginia and after 29 years they returned to Iowa where they built their retirement home in Painted Rocks overlooking Lake Red Rock in Marion County. During his retirement Bill taught briefly at the Newton campus of DMACC and then spent 12 enjoyable summers working at the Pleasantville Golf Course. He was a member of the Central Intelligence Retirees Association, the Air Force Association, the Inflight Refueling Association, and helped form the Painted Rocks Lot Owners Association, serving as its first president. He was a longtime member of the Knoxville Morning Kiwanis Club. Bill enjoyed golf, reading, and photography of the wildlife in the woods and water around their home and he and Loretta enjoyed traveling. On November 30, 2013, his wife of 53 years, Loretta, passed away at their home in Painted Rocks.
On Saturday, March 9, 2019, Bill passed away at Accura Healthcare in Knoxville at the age of 83 years.
He is survived by his children: Lorna Immel, Lisa Immel, and William (Jay) Immel all of Knoxville. He also leaves his sister, Laurel Jean and her husband, Dennis Gifford of Keota, Iowa, and brothers: John W. Immel and his wife, Muriel, of Bettendorf, Iowa and Richard L. Immel and his wife, Vivian, of Charles City, Iowa. Bill was preceded in death by his wife, Loretta; his parents, Wilbur and Hazel Immel; his grandparents: William and Laurel (Stevens) Immel, William and Maggie (Timmons) Meyer; his brother, Raymond A. Immel; and his parents-in-law, Wesley F.Jebe, Sr. and Mabel (Jurgens) Jebe.
Celebration of Life was held on Sunday, March, 17, 2019 at the Williams Funeral Home in Knoxville, Iowa.