March 07, 2021

Bill Fastenow


Bill Fastenow, 87, of Creston died Sunday, Feb. 14, 2021, at Creston Specialty Care in Creston. Celebration of Life services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021, at Uptown Brick and Bell, formerly known as the United Church of Christ Congregational in Creston. Face masks and social distancing are required. The service will also be livestreamed on Powers Funeral Home Facebook page. Pastor Mary O’Riley will officiate the service.

Flag presentation and military honors by Theodore J. Martens Creston V.F.W., Post No. 1797. After service, a luncheon will be at Elk’s Lodge. Burial will be in Graceland Cemetery at a later date.

Open visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. with family receiving friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Powers Funeral Home, 601 New York Ave. in Creston. Memorials to the Elks National Foundation or Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America. Online condolences may be given at the tribute wall as

William Charles Fastenow Jr., son of William Charles Fastenow Sr. and Emma H. (Haase) Fastenow, was born March 6, 1933, in Webster City. He graduated from Webster City High School in 1951, then furthered his education with two years of junior college. After college, Bill enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1953. He served his country and was honorably discharged in 1955.

On May 22, 1955, Bill was united in marriage to Virginia Lee Baker in Webster City. Together they moved to Marshalltown, where Bill worked with a retail credit card company, then later moved to Hannibal, Missouri, where he worked as an adjustor with Western Adjustment Company.

In 1957, they made their final move to Creston. Bill worked with the General Adjustment Bureau until his retirement. Even in his retirement, Bill was active and wanted to work. It was then that he started with Nationwide (Allied) Insurance in Creston for 10 years.

Bill was a member of the former United Church of Christ Congregational in Creston and was active with the bell choir, the singing choir, as well as Open Table. He was also an active member of Elks Lodge in Creston, serving in all of the Elks’ offices as well as with the Elks Clowns. Bill helped to encourage the start and continuation of the annual Southwest Iowa Hot Air Balloon Festival held in Creston. Bill had also been part of the Creston Chorus.

Surviving Bill is his son, Tom (Monica) Fastenow; daughter Diane (Tom) Palmer, all of Creston; six grandchildren: Steven (Jessica) Fastenow of Carlisle, Jodi (Neil) Lang of West Des Moines, Andrew (Brittany) Palmer of Creston, Curtis Palmer of Ames, Kyle Wilson of Creston and Korey Wilson of Des Moines; eight great-grandchildren: Adalynn, Harper, McKinlee, Bronx, Hayden, Jaxsten, Bree and Carson; brother-in-law Larry Brownfield of Des Moines; three nieces, four nephews and other extended family members.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Virginia in 2013, two sisters Kathleen (Don) Casey, Bill’s twin sister Betty (Bill) Bergen and sister-in-law Bonnie Brownfield.