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MESSAGE: (#625384) Dr. William Myerly
DATE: 1/6/2017 at 18:53:10
A Celebration of Life gathering for Dr. William Myerly, age 97 of Spirit Lake,
will be held Friday, January 6, 2017 from 4:00-7:00pm at Turner Jenness
Funeral Home in Spirit Lake. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to
Lakes Regional Hospice at 2301 Hwy 71, Spirit Lake, IA 51360.
Dr. Myerly passed away January 1, 2017 at his home in Spirit Lake.
Bill Myerly was born to Mildred and Fred Myerly on a farm near Rodman, Iowa.
He was the oldest of three boys, followed by John and Jim. His father passed
away from cancer when Bill was a teenager, but it was during his fathers
treatment at the Mayo Clinic when he visited a medical museum and decided to
become a surgeon. After undergraduate school at Waldorf College in Forest
City, Iowa, he attended the University of Iowa and graduated from medical
school in 1943. In 1941 he married Autumn Jean Swanton and began a family.
John, Karen, Jerrene, and William (Bill) were born during the next 8 years.
After internship in Detroit he served in the Air Force and spent time
stationed in Okinawa. Following the war, he completed a surgical residency at
the Methodist Hospital in Des Moines, and then stayed to join Dr. Throckmorton
in a general surgery private practice. After six years of general surgery, he
began specialized training in cardiac surgery on his weekends at the
University of Minnesota and became the third surgeon in the United States to
perform open heart surgery. He spent countless hours after his practice not
only traveling and training, but also building his own heart lung bypass
machine in the basement of his home and working with his team to perfect the
procedures on dogs. In 1956 he successfully repaired a heart defect in a 6
year-old boy. Over the next 14 years he completed hundreds of cardiac
surgeries as well as general surgery cases - no doubt influencing the lives of
Bill and Autumn Jean were divorced, and in 1954 he married Lois Wollenhaupt
who had worked with him over the years as his surgical nurse. From this
marriage two more girls joined the family, Tara and Mira. After Lois died, he
married Georgia Clarity, who was also a widow, and brought 6 more children for
a total of 12. The Myerly-Clarity home was a constant hubbub of activity, but
there was nothing that pleased Bill more than to sit in the midst of it all.
As of January 2017, he was the father of 12 children, grandfather of 20, and
great grandfather of 6.
In 1970, Bill moved his family to Okoboji where they had enjoyed a summer
home, and became the first trained surgeon in the area. He practiced mainly in
Spencer and Spirit Lake Hospitals, but also in Pocahontas. Before his
retirement in 1985, his practice grew to 3 surgeons. If Bill was accomplished
as a surgeon and father, he was just as accomplished in his hobbies. He was an
avid photographer, recording his remarkable life in photos and movies. He was
a pilot and loved to fly, using his plane for pleasure as well as work. He had
a complete wood-working shop and produced many custom pieces. He enjoyed
sailboat racing on Okoboji and traveled to regattas around the Midwest during
summers. He progressed to boat building, producing a racing sailboat, and then
a 28-foot sailboat which slept 4. Many had doubts when he built a fiberglass
plane in his garage that he intended to fly. But fly he did. Not only did he
fly across the country, but he eventually sold it to an ex-Navy pilot who flew
the plane in air races in California and China. Bills creative and mechanical
genius was ultimately displayed in the back yard where he built the Okoboji, a
56-foot steel-hulled boat that slept 8. After his retirement in 1985, he and
his first mate Georgia spent many years traveling on the Okoboji, hosting
friends, family, and enjoying new adventures. He sold his boat less than ten
years ago, and it is now in Alaska. He and Georgia continued to travel around
the country during the winter months over the next few years. He never tired
of the drive to Alaska, but he finally relinquished the keys to his car at the
age of 97. He died peacefully at home, just days shy of his 98th birthday.
>From Turner Funeral Home
Dickinson County, Iowa Genealogy Group
Welcome! This is the former Rootsweb list, IADICKIN. We'll be discussing the history and genealogy of Dickinson County, Iowa including the surrounding region of northwestern Iowa and south central Minnesota.