William Paul “Bill” Rahm

William Paul “Bill” Rahm

January 4, 1945 – October 19, 2022

William Paul “Bill” Rahm, 77, passed away on October 19, 2022, at his home in Omaha, Nebraska.

Bill Rahm was born on January 4, 1945, in Algona, Iowa. He is the son of Magnus and Rosalia Rahm. Bill grew up in St. Benedict, Iowa where he starred in baseball at Algona Garrigan High School. After high school Bill earned a baseball scholarship from Iowa State University.  He graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in secondary education (Biology, PE) and was a member of Phi Delta Kappa Fraternity. During his time at Iowa State, he married his high school sweetheart, Joyce (Erpelding) Rahm in 1966.

After graduating from Iowa State, Bill pursued his lifelong dream of playing professional baseball. Bill spent one year in single A Auburn, New York (Minnesota Twins organization). After baseball, Bill pursued his Master’s Degree in Administration from Northern Colorado University. Bill taught and coached for 43 years and spent most of this time as Athletic Director. During his career he taught and coached thousands of students and athletes. During Bill’s spare time he enjoyed fishing and going to Iowa State football games.

Bill is survived by his wife, Joyce; his 4 children: Carolyn (Mark) Jansen, Kim (Chuck) Vana, Kelli (Chad) Mack, and Chad (Sarah) Rahm; 8 grandchildren: Holly (Matt), Lindsey, Noah, Allison, Emma, Annie, Chase & Amelia.

FAMILY RECEIVES FRIENDS: Monday, October 24, 2022, 9:30-10:30AM followed by MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: 10:30AM, all at St. Stephen the Martyr Catholic Church, 16701 “S” Street, Omaha, NE; Interment: Resurrection Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or Hillcrest Hospice.


  • gene j ulses Posted October 20, 2022 8:13 am

    Joyce and family, My sympathy at Bill’s passing. I enjoyed my time with him at Garrigan. He was a great example for the students and the teachers who taught with him. Prayers for him and all your family.
    Gene Ulses, Papillion, Nebraska

  • Ruth lindgren Posted October 20, 2022 8:43 am

    I am so sorry to hear this. I loved being neighbors to them. I will keep all the family in my thoughts and prayers. Your memories now become a treasure.

  • Vic Garman Posted October 20, 2022 8:47 am

    Our family is sorry to hear that Bill has passed away and pray for your entire family. Bill was a great teacher, coach and person.


  • Mary Margaret McDonnell (Ford) Posted October 20, 2022 8:53 am

    I am so sorry for your loss of Bill. You and your family are in my prayers. God bless you.

  • Mark and Helen Van Koevering Posted October 20, 2022 8:56 am

    With much love and sympathy to all Bill’s family, especially Carolyn and Mark Hansen and their children. May you all know God’s loving arms surrounding you at this time. Xx

  • Howie and Karen Posted October 20, 2022 9:06 am

    We are so sorry… was such a great person who had a kind soul. The world was a better place with him in it. Howie and Karen

  • Carol Braley (Arndorfer) Posted October 20, 2022 9:43 am

    Joyce and family;
    My sympathy and prayers to u and your family. What a great man gone too soon! 🙏🙏

  • Lyell and Diane Holmes Posted October 20, 2022 9:51 am

    Our deepest sympathy to you, Joyce, and all of the family. Bill was such a wonderful brother and brother-in-law – kind and thoughtful. We will all miss him so much. We’ll remember him and all of you in our prayers. We have many fond memories of being with him and all of you – especially after Iowa State home football games.

  • Kylie Van Koevering Posted October 20, 2022 10:01 am

    Thinking of you all and wishing you moments of peace and comfort as you remember your husband, father, grandfather and friend.

  • Jean Gengler Posted October 20, 2022 10:23 am

    I have very good memories of Bill—and Joyce—during my time at Garrigan. Please accept my deepest sympathy for your loss.

  • Kyle Black Posted October 20, 2022 11:01 am

    Gonna miss you, Mr. Rahm RIP

  • David Peterson Posted October 20, 2022 11:12 am

    Sorry to hear about Mr. Rahm. He was an excellent teacher and always enjoyed his class. Such a wonderful teacher to have had.

  • Sally Peterson Posted October 20, 2022 11:13 am

    I am so sorry to hear of this. I knew Mr. Rahm when I substituted at Prairie Valley High School. He was always so kind . My thoughts and prayers are with all of his family at this time.

  • Mike Becker Posted October 20, 2022 11:22 am

    Sorry for your loss! Bill was a very nice man and he will be missed. Prayers to you and your family at this difficult time.

  • DougLinda Holmes Posted October 20, 2022 11:28 am


  • Mary Lou Crawford Posted October 20, 2022 11:32 am

    My deepest sympathy to Joyce and all of the family. May your memories be a source of comfort to you during this difficult time and always. Growing up and attending St. Benedict Catholic Church and school, I have many memories of Bill. He was always a gentleman and so very kind to everyone.

  • Mike and Deb Rahm Posted October 20, 2022 11:44 am

    RIP big brother, and condolences and all our love to your beautiful family

  • MARIAM A FLANN Posted October 20, 2022 12:18 pm

    Carolyn, Mark and children: We were saddened to hear of your Dad’s illness and death. His sounded like a life VERY WELL LIVED as he positively influenced so many for the good.

  • Jeff Garman Posted October 20, 2022 12:28 pm

    Hi Rahm Family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Bill was a great man and I loved having him as a teacher and football coach.

  • Kim Vana Posted October 20, 2022 2:02 pm

    Love you dad!! 💛

  • Ashley Posted October 20, 2022 2:20 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear of Mr. Rahm’s passing. He was one heck of a teacher and such a fun guy. I’ll never forget his “Honest to God, you people”. My prayers are with you.

  • Bud Legg Posted October 20, 2022 2:34 pm

    I got to know Bill when we were students at Iowa State and we stayed connected when he was at Garrigan. A gentle soul in all ways he always showed me the upmost kindness. My sympathies to his family. May your memories of great times with him nurture you in the healing process.

  • Jake Dede Jacobusse Posted October 20, 2022 2:49 pm

    Sending Prayers Love Hugs to Family and Friends. Bill was a wonderful man and coach. We are so ..SORRY

  • Mike and Judy Little Posted October 20, 2022 4:00 pm

    We’ll miss you, Bill. Rest in Peace.

  • Mark Rahm Posted October 20, 2022 5:07 pm

    I was very fortunate to have the opportunity to visit with Uncle Bill last month. I so admired his courage and positive attitude, but mostly his faith. Thank you Aunt Joyce and Kim for your kind hospitality. My sincere condolences to you and to all of your family on your loss of a great man. Peace and Love!

  • Mark VonBank Posted October 20, 2022 5:26 pm

    My heartfelt prayers and love to the friends and families and former BGHS students on the loss of Bill Rahm. He will be remembered fondly as a great person with a happy smile and wonderful personality. Keep Bill always in your hearts with your memories,cherish them forever. With Peace, Love and Prayers, Mark J.VonBank- Park Rapids, Mn (formerly of Algona, Iowa.).

  • Tyler Rasmussen Posted October 20, 2022 5:58 pm

    Much love to the family. Coach Rahm was such a great guy.

  • Deb Thill Schindler Posted October 20, 2022 6:00 pm

    My sympathy to my teacher and coach in the late 70’s…may you Rest In Peace with the Lord.

  • Jean Birkland Posted October 20, 2022 7:07 pm

    Our deepest sympathies . Bill was in our school system he tought our boys in High School. He was a very caring man.sending prayers.🙏💔

  • Jennifer Taylor Posted October 20, 2022 7:24 pm

    I worked with Bill at Prairie Valley. His love for his family, his faith, and everyone around him was evident! He was a kind and gentle person who found a positive spin in anything! I am so lucky to have worked with him and know him! I am sure he is being welcomed through the pearly gates with a smile and hug! Thoughts and prayers for the family. Hold close the wonderful memories!

  • Chris Farrell Posted October 20, 2022 8:01 pm

    Coach I enjoyed my 4 years of you coaching me RIP!

  • Clinton and Debbie Shick Posted October 20, 2022 11:22 pm

    Dear Carolyn, Mark and Family,
    Clinton and I send our love and prayers to you. It sounds like your dad was a great man.
    Treasure your memories…they get sweeter as the years go by. XOXO Clint and Debbie ❤️

  • Mark VonBank Posted October 21, 2022 6:00 am

    My heartfelt prayers to the families and friends of Bill Rahm on their loss. May his legacy live on in the many lives he touched. Rest In Peace Bill Rahm, gone but never forgotten. Sincerely, Mark VonBank-Park Rapids, Mn.

  • Dave Collison Posted October 21, 2022 8:31 am

    So sorry to hear about Bill’s passing. I was very fortunate to coach with Bill at St.Edmond. Very sorry for your family’s loss

  • Kathy and Bill Hood. Ft Dodge. St Edmond Posted October 21, 2022 10:38 am

    Joyce and Family. We were so sorry to read about Bill’s death. He was always such a great role model, and shared his positive attitude wherever he went. His family was always forefront and he talked about them with love and pride. I can recall his motivational talks always included, “ people, “If you think you can you will, and if you think you won’t.”. God Bless all of you at this difficult time.

  • Katie Posted October 21, 2022 12:06 pm

    I hope the family can see all the shares on Facebook from his former prairie valley students & all their memories! He was such a fun teacher!

  • Deb Benton Gevock Posted October 21, 2022 1:45 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. I taught with him at Prairie Valley. He had a generous and kind soul.

  • Corey Murray Posted October 21, 2022 2:10 pm

    Sorry to hear the loss of Coach Rahm. We at St. Edmond were lucky, we didn’t know it at the time, to receive his baseball knowledge and guidance. Sending prayers to the family and sorry for your loss.

  • Samantha Broesder Posted October 21, 2022 2:32 pm

    Prayers to the family. I had the privilege of having this great man be my teacher at prairie valley high school. He was an amazing teacher and mentor. So easy to talk to and always had a smile on his face. U will be truely missed.

  • Steve Hoesel Posted October 21, 2022 8:17 pm

    Bill was a great gentlemam and teacher to our kids.

  • keith a. goedken Posted October 22, 2022 8:00 am

    Deare Rahm family: Please accept my deepest sympathy at this difficult time. Your family was a very important and cherished part of my life in Ft. Dodge. Bill was quite a man, father, husband, parent, and friend. He surely will be missed. Know that you all are in my thoughts and prayers..

  • Richard Arndorfer Posted October 22, 2022 8:51 am

    Sorry to hear he was a very good man

  • Marshall Lewis Posted October 22, 2022 5:13 pm

    So sorry for you loss. I had the honor to work with Mr. Rahm several years ago and had the highest regard for the educator, the mentor, and the person. Few men like Bill have walked this planet and done the good as he has. If truly making the world a better place is the goal of life, then put one in the Win column. May your hearts be filled with memories of an exceptional man.

  • David Carlon Posted October 23, 2022 11:50 am

    So sorry to hear about Bill’s passing. He was a great teacher, Coach, and role model for his students at Prairie Valley. His memory will live on in the students that he influenced through his positive, encouraging ways. May he rest in peace.

  • Don Campbell Posted October 23, 2022 11:53 am

    Bill was a very loving, kind and generous person. He was a true role model for all the students that he taught and coached. He will be missed.

  • Molly MacDonald Posted October 23, 2022 2:29 pm

    Joyce, I will always remember the fun Bing and I had with you and Bill and the rest of our little gang. We watched our children grow up together, and shared so many good times. You and your family are in my prayers. Love, Molly

  • Paul Goetz Posted October 23, 2022 5:12 pm

    Joyce,sorry for your loss.Bill and I played baseball together from 7 grade thru his senior year.Never could his fastball.A good man.Bod bless.

  • Sister Janet Goetz Posted October 23, 2022 6:49 pm

    My prayerful support. I have many memories of Bill at Garrigan .. friend, teacher, coach, pleasant smile. A gentle man for sure! My sympathy to each of you. Sister Janet Goetz

  • Paul Goetz Posted October 23, 2022 6:59 pm

    Sorry for loss Joyce. Never could hit his fastball

  • Faye & Dave Klein Posted October 27, 2022 3:15 pm

    Joyce, & family You have our sympathy. I remember Bill as our teacher @ Spalding Catholic. I remember babysitting your kids when we lived across the alley from you in Granville. May he rest in peace. Faye (Delperdang) Klein

  • Nancy Ann Youngwirth Posted October 30, 2022 6:54 pm

    Joyce and family have my condalences

  • Dennis Ethington Posted March 4, 2023 7:54 am

    I met Bill our freshman year at Iowa State. He was a very caring, sensitive and hard working individual. My sympathies to his family.

  • Roland “R.J.” Musselman Posted July 23, 2023 3:11 pm

    Having just learned of Bill’s passing, I am compelled to add to the many who have spoken so highly of him. In the years that I knew him at Saint Edmond, Bill was always the kindest of men. And one could also see his kindness reflected in his own children whom I also got to know at SE. Yes, the legacy of Bill’s kindness is living still, in his offspring and in the rest of us who were touched by his life.

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