Obit: Carl August


Carl W. “Bill” August, 81, of Stanwood, formerly of New Liberty, died on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at Crestridge Care Center in Maquoketa.

Private family visitation and services will be held at the Chapel of Love in New Liberty, that he and his family built in honor of his wife and parents.

Inurnment will be at a later date at St. Ann’s Cemetery in Effingham, Kansas.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Camp Courageous in his memory.

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Bill was born in Lincoln, Nebraska on Oct. 13, 1937 to Lloyd and Genevieve (Stone) August.

He graduated from Atchison County Community High School in Effingham, Kansas. He served in the Kansas National Guard for four years.

Bill married Catherine “Gelene” Eckert on Nov. 12, 1955 in Effingham.

Bill started his career as a pattern maker at LFM in Atchison. He and Catherine moved to Davenport in 1965, where he worked for various union pattern shops in the Quad Cities. In 1970 he moved his family to a farm near New Liberty. In 1981 he founded Liberty Pattern Company in New Liberty. In 2002 he founded LibertyUS in New Liberty and Litian in Ningbo, China.

He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Tipton. He was a collector of railroad memorabilia, antique tools and cars.

He was a world traveler and enjoyed talking politics.

Bill is survived by his wife Gelene; children: Leo (Joan) August of Davenport, Mike (Kay) August of New Liberty, Linda August of New Liberty, Rhonda (James) Kuehl of Stockton, Gary (Robyn) August of Walcott and Craig (Shirly) August of Ningbo, China; 23 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; half-sister Judy Cranfill of Athens, Texas; half-brother David August of Atchison; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Eugene and James August and a great-grandson.