Drive by and wish Mr. DeWitt a happy 99th birthday


William D. “Bill” Homrighausen, also known as, “Mr. DeWitt,” will complete another trip around the sun Tuesday, March 12, when he turns 99 years old. 

Bill was born on the Duke family farm, south of Grand Mound, in 1925. His family relocated to DeWitt in 1930 so little Billy could be begin school. He graduated as a DeWitt DeHawk with the Class of 1943. 

He had a 42-year business career with Iowa Mutual Insurance Company, retiring in 1986. 

Sparks flew when Bill met Shirley Davis, a journalist with the Quad-City Times. Marriage followed in 1983. Their lives together were as full as the moon. Shirley, who also was a columnist for The North Scott Press and The DeWitt Observer, 2009–2015, passed away in 2018.  

To honor this remarkable milestone. Bill will be the guest of honor at a drive-by reception Sunday, March 10. Friends and relatives are invited to drive past his home at 825 7th St. DeWitt, 1:30-3:30 p.m., to wave hello and receive a treat. This would make Bill’s special day both pleasing to him and greatly appreciated.

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