William "Willy" Konicek, 69, of Traer, was killed on Wednesday, November 28, 2012, in rural Clutier in an airplane accident. There will be a guest book signing at the Overton Funeral Home in Traer on Monday, December 3 from 4 to 7 p.m. The family will not be present.
Private family graveside and military rites will occur at the Oneida Cemetery in Clutier.
William "Willy" Arthur Konicek was born August 28, 1943 at Clutier, Iowa, son of William James and Ruth (Hess) Konicek. He received his education in Clutier and later graduated from Traer High School in 1962. He then worked for Wiecks Feed and Livestock in Clutier and in 1964 entered the United States Air Force. He then served in the Vietnam War from 1967-1968. Following his discharge he returned to Clutier where he farmed, did construction work, and worked at Fisher Controls in Marshalltown. In 1965 he married Naomi Jean Shipman. He then went to work for Lester Sevick in Traer in the implement business. In 2005 he moved to Traer to make his home. His death came on Wednesday, November 28, 2012 near Clutier. Willy's love was flying and he enjoyed building his own airplanes. He was a member of the Clutier American Legion, Clutier Fire Department and Clutier Lions Club.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister Lorraine Byrne. He is survived by his three children Kelly (Kirk) Fink and James Konicek and his fianc Mary Schesselman all of Clutier and Lori Tyler of Des Moines, IA, five grandchildren Ashley, Aaron, Amber, Joshua and Macy, one sister Diane (William) Vesey of Marion, IA and his ex-wife and best friend Jean Konicek of Clutier.