William "Bill" Garten Obituary

Bill Garten
William "Bill" B. Garten

September 27, 1928 - March 26, 2015
Born in Des Moines, IA
Resided in Des Moines, IA
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Bill Garten, 86, passed away on Thursday, March 26, 2015 at home of cancer. He was born September 27, 1928 to Glenn and Beth Garten. He attended Byron Rice, Callanan, and Roosevelt Schools. Bill attended the University of Colorado at Boulder, Colorado and the University of Iowa, then graduated from the University of Iowa Law School in 1952.

He married Linda Laird in 1952 and joined the Garten Law Firm, which later became Garten and Wanek. He was a member of the Phi Delta Phi legal fraternity, as well as the Polk County and Iowa Bar Associations.

Bill was a member of Sigma Nu, on the board of the Des Moines Credit Bureau, and a member of the Des Moines Embassy Club, the Pioneer Club, the Des Moines Club lunch bunch, and the Ingersoll Gun Club. He was a member of the Cathedral Church of St. Paul, where he served on the Vestry. As a member of the Rotary Club, he mentored students through the Earn to Learn Program at Wallace School. He enjoyed hunting, reading, and boating, but most of all he loved being with his family.

Bill is survived by his wife of 64 years, Linda, son David Burton Garten, (Anita), daughter Carol Casey (Carl Casey), and granddaughter Jasmine Casey. Also, sister Betty Palme (Bob Palme), and cousin James B. West (Kathleen), and several nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be directed to the Clear Lake Library Foundation, 200 N. 4th Street, Clear Lake, Iowa 50428 or The Cathedral Church of St. Paul, 815 High Street, Des Moines, Iowa 50309.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 31 at The Cathedral Church of St. Paul, 815 High Street.

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Cathedral Church of St. Paul
815 High Street
Des Moines, IA US 50309
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
11:00 AM


Clear Lake Library Foundation
200 N. 4th Street
Clear Lake, IA 50428
Cathedral Church of Saint Paul
815 High Street
Des Moines, IA US 50309