William Breitbach

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William J. "Bill" Breitbach, Sr., 69, of Glendale, Calif., formerly of Independence, died following a sudden illness Aug. 26, 2010. He was born Feb. 18, 1941, in Dubuque, the son of Darrell Francis and Mary Elizabeth (Ryan) Breitbach. He graduated from St. John's High School in Independence in 1959 and then continued his education by earning an Associates Degree. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. On July 27, 1964, he and the former Verna Rae McDowell were married at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Independence. They left the community in 1966. Mr. Breitbach was the owner of Industrial Plastics Products, Inc. in Duarte, Calif. He retired in 2010. Breitbach is survived by his wife of 46 years, Verna; one daughter, Brenda (Gary) Muller of Marshalltown; three sons: William J. (Christina) Breitbach, Jr., of Buena Park, Calif., and James P. Breitbach and Anthony C. Breitbach, both of Glendale, Calif.; four grandchildren; two greatgrandchildren and one sister, Rosann (Leonard) Cardillo of Tarrytown, NY. He was preceded in death by his parents and 1 brother, Michael Breitbach. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, September 1, 2010, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Independence. Friends may call for visitation from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 31, at the White Funeral Home in Independence. Online condolences may be left at www.White-MtHope.com.
Published in Independence Bulletin-Journal from Aug. 31 to Sept. 2, 2010
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