William R. "Diz" Steies, 63, of Tama, passed away Tuesday, April 1, 2014, at Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids. Memorial Services will be held Saturday, April 5, at 11 a.m. at Kruse-Phillips Funeral Home in Tama with Pastor Brian Gumm officiating. Private Interment will be held at a later date. A Memorial Visitation will be held Saturday, April 5, from 9 a.m. until the time of service at Kruse-Phillips Funeral Home.
William Steies was born on Nov. 1, 1950, in Menomonie, Wisc., the son of Robert Joseph and Doris Eva (Timmerman) Steies.
He graduated from South Tama High School in 1968.
William R. “Diz” Steies
William was previously a Police Officer for the Tama Police Department, a bartender and manager at Rube's Steakhouse in Montour, and operated Hoskins House Bed & Breakfast in Tama. He also worked at Meskwaki Casino and was a rural mail carrier for the Tama Post Office.
Diz enjoyed riding his motorcycle, traveling and auto racing having attended the Indy 500 for 38 consecutive years. He loved playing cards, cooking and baking for others. Diz drove a support vehicle and cooked for a local group during RAGBRAI for several years.Heespecially enjoyed meeting people and telling stories about his experiences.
Survivors include his siblings, Kathy (Roger) Schwake of Waterloo, Tim Steies of Belle Plaine and Becky (Joe) Thiessen of Toledo; several nieces, nephews and many friends
Preceding him in death were his parents.
A memorial fund has been established.