William “Bill” Tjernagel, 84, of Story City died Feb. 7, 2018, at Israel Family Hospice House in Ames. A Celebration of Life service will be Monday, Feb. 12, at 2 p.m. at Bethel Lutheran Church in Story City. The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. at the church on Monday.
Bill was born in Randall, Iowa, on Nov. 3, 1933, to Ole and Gladys (Johnson) Tjernagel. He was an Army veteran of the Korean Conflict. He married Helen Ritland on March 23, 1957. Bill worked for the Story City Creamery, owned the Phillips 66 gas station and retired from Iowa State.
Bill was a lifetime resident of Story City and was a member of Bethel Lutheran Church, Story City Masonic Lodge and Story County Shrine. He enjoyed gardening, watching westerns, doing puzzles and watching the Iowa Hawkeyes. Bill was very community minded and his family was very important to him, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Bill is survived by his wife, Helen of Story City; his children, Cindy Tjernagel (Keith Leslie) of Auburn, Neb., Sandy (Roger) Handsaker of Radcliffe, Karen Broderick of Johnston, Kirk (Debbie) Tjernagel of Plainfield, Ill., and Laura (John Baluka) Fine of Ballwin, Mo.; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Richard.
Soderstrum Funeral Home is entrusted with arrangements.