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Bill Dible

Bill Dible, 72, Gas, passed away Saturday, July 19, 2014. Bill was born Aug. 20, 1941, in Iola to Wayne and Wilma Dible. He grew up in Neosho Falls and graduated from Neosho Falls High School in 1958.
On Dec. 10, 1971, Bill married Julie in Iola. They made their home in Iola and Neosho Falls, where he worked at Gates Rubber Company for 30 years. Bill served many years on the governing board of directors of the Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas.
Bill enjoyed gardening, traveling and spending time with his family, friends and dogs. He was best known for his ability to fix anything and everything and his willingness to help others. Bill never met a stranger, he loved to visit about farming, gardening and his oil wells to anyone he met. Bill coached softball for many years in Iola and instilled in his daughters and their friends a love of the game. He and his family took annual trips to Florida, where Bill enjoyed spending time on the beach. Bill was also a wonderful grandpa, always in the audience for every school concert, sports game and dance recital.
Bill was loved by many, including his wife of 43 years, Julie; six daughters, Jami and her husband Tim Thyer, Iola, Jill and her partner Kelli King, Emporia, Jana, Osage City, Jaci and her husband Jarred Sterling, Ottawa, Jeri, Washington, D.C., and Jodi and her partner Gillian Wood, Denver, Colo.; son Joey and wife Tracy, Iola; brother Morris and his wife Karen, Gas; 12 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and his dogs Whitey Ann and Annie.
A private memorial service will be held for family members. Memorials can be made to Resilience Rising, www.resilience-rising.org, a non-profit founded by his daughter Jodi and partner Gillian.
To sign the guest book online or to leave a condolence go to www.iolafuneral.com.

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