Owner / Funeral Director
Bill was raised in Mechanicsville, Iowa, graduating from Lincoln High School in Stanwood in 1981. He graduated from North Iowa Area Community College in Mason City in 1983 and Dallas Institute of Mortuary science in 1984. Bill married Sandy Carson of Diagonal in 1986, and after living a short time in Norwalk, they moved to Mount Ayr in 1988 when he accepted a position as a funeral director. After LBanks’ retirement, Bill became a partner in 2001 and the name was changed to Wilson-Watson & Armstrong Funeral Home. On January 1 2009, Bill and Sandy purchased the funeral home from Jay and Donna Watson and the name was changed to Watson-Armstrong Funeral Homes. Bill and Sandy are the parents of three children; Jacque (Bob) Sobotka, Jared (Chelsea) Armstrong, and Josh Armstrong. They also have eight grandchildren Elizabeth, Andrew, Jacob, Ronny, and Leo Sobotka and Jase, Bryer, and Aubree Armstrong.
Bill is an active member of the Iowa Funeral Directors Association; serving on several committees and was the President of I.F.D.A. for the 2018-2019 term. He is a member of the National Funeral Directors Association; Clearfield Lions Club; and Ringgold County Farm Bureau.