William D. McEwen, 68, of Gilbert, Ariz., passed away at his home on May 24, 2012.
He was born Sept. 15, 1943, in Milan, Mo., to Willie and Velma McEwen. The family moved to Newton when Bill was in fourth grade. Bill graduated from Newton Senior High School in 1961. In September of that year he enlisted in the United States Navy and served three years, returning to Newton in 1964.
In November of 1966 he was united in marriage to his wife, Barbara. They had two daughters, Melissa and Megan. Bill owned and operated McEwen Welding for 35 years and enjoyed using his skillful and creative talents to build street rods. He was a member of the Iowa Streetrod Association and enjoyed playing golf with friends.
In 2010, Bill and Barb moved to Gilbert, Ariz., to enjoy their retirement. He was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife, Barb, of 46 years; his daughter, Melissa (Matt) Butler and Megan (Blaine) Parketon; two grandsons, Caden and Kellan Parketon; his two sisters, Janet (Carroll) Kingery and Kim Illingworth; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.
A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 28, at the Wallace Family Funeral Home in Newton. The family will greet friends from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, at the funeral home.
Interment will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Bill’s name or to the Hospice of the Valley may be left at the funeral home.