Dr. William B. Showers, Jr. passed away January 13, 2023 in Saddle Brooke, AZ and internment will be on a date to be determined at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, 2600 Lovers Lane, St. Joseph, Missouri. He was born on November 9, 1931 in St. Joseph. His parents, William Broze Showers, Sr. and Alice Mullery Showers and an older brother, Thomas D. Brown, preceded him in death. He is survived by his loving wife, Margot of SaddleBrooke, AZ; Daughter, Margo Showers, of Los Angeles, CA; Daughter, Jayne Jackson (Pat) and grandson, Quintin, of Ames, IA; Son, William Broze Showers, III (Vashti), grandson, Skyler and granddaughter, Leah Broze of San Francisco, CA; Son. John R. Showers and grandson, Kolton of Ames, IA; and former wife, Margi Showers of Ames, IA. Bill went to Christian Brothers High School, in St. Joseph, and played on the undefeated football team of 1949. He graduated in the spring of 1950 and served in the United States Marine Corp during the Korean War. He received the B.S. degree with a major in Entomology from the University of Arizona, Tucson, in 1957. He worked for the USDA on controlling pest insects of citrus and cotton, 1958-1961, entered graduate college and received the M.S. degree in Entomology from LSU, Baton Rouge, in 1966, continued in graduate college and received the Ph.D. with a major in Entomology and a minor in Plant Physiology from Iowa State University, Ames, in 1970. During this period, he researched the ecology of insects on rice and corn, and accepted a research entomologist position with the USDA, Agricultural Research Service (ARS). In 1974 he accepted a collaborator faculty position with the Department of Entomology at Iowa State University, Ames, and achieved full professor in 1982. Over the years he was major professor or co-major professor for 19 graduate students resulting in 12 M.S. and 9 Ph.D. degrees. He was internationally recognized for his research on mating behaviors and habitats, dispersal and long-range movement of insect pests of corn. He was one of the pioneers that researched transgenic corn varieties that express toxic proteins to common insect pests. He received many scientific awards and honors, including being elected a Fellow of the Entomological Society of America. Also, he was elected to the board of the Hawkeye Council of Campfire Girls of America, elected to the board and elected chairman of the Iowa State University Credit Union, served on the City of Ames, IA Cable TV Commission and was Crew Chief (Referee) of a football crew of the Iowa High School Athletic Association. Dr. Showers retired from the USDA-ARS in 1992 but continued as professor of entomology at Iowa State University carrying a full research program and teaching general biology to approximately 200 undergraduates per semester. He retired from Iowa State University in 1995 as a professor emeritus. Dr. Showers was a descendent of a family of unreconstructed Missouri rebels, therefore, had a life long interest in the American Civil War.\n\nThere are no gallery images.