William "Bill" Mortland
William “Bill” Mortland, 68, Mt. Pleasant, died Wednesday, March 5, 2014, at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City.
Visitation will be held from 12 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, March 9, at the Olson-Powell Memorial Chapel where the family will receive friends from 2 to 5 p.m. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, March 10, at the Memorial Chapel with Chaplin Jim Luder officiating. Burial will be at Forest Home Cemetery with military rites by members of the 224th Engineer Battalion of the Iowa National Guard. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Wounded Warriors Project. On-line condolences may be directed to www.olsonpowell.com.
Born May 2, 1945, in Oskaloosa, he was the son of Charles William and Enid Evelyn (Boughton) Mortland. He graduated from Mt. Pleasant High School in 1964. He attended classes at Southeastern Community College where he acquired several welding certifications. On May 23, 1970, he married Linda J. Richards.
He joined the National Guard 224th Engineer Battalion in 1965. He was the First Sergeant of Delta Company in Mt. Pleasant. During Desert Storm he was stationed in Germany. After serving his country for 31 years, he retired from the National Guard in 1996.
He was first employed at Bill Sater’s Welding Shop. He later partnered in a business known as M & H Services with Dave Hassenfritz. He also helped his friend, Russell Kozak, with commercial fishing on the Mississippi River.
His work was his hobby. He built race cars, sprint cars and dragsters, and attended races at Eddyville and Burlington. He was fond of refurbishing tractors and attending tractor pulls. He especially loved spending time with his beloved horse, Cheyenne.
Survivors include his wife, Linda; his mother, Enid Mortland of Mt. Pleasant; a step-son, Charles (Barb) Denham of Ottumwa; four step-grandchildren; one step-great grandchild; two sisters, Carma (George) Reiss of Van Horne and Shirley (Ben) Flam of New London.
He was preceded in death by his his father.