Waiting for Billy

In 1941, fifteen-year-old Billy Liedloff, a quiet, friendly, fun-loving young man, runs away from home. Thus begins his first travels to strange new places and meeting people of different ways of life.

Also begins his caring family’s anxiety and concern as they await Billy’s safe return home. 

After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Billy feels compelled to fight for his country. He joins the Navy. While this adventure takes him to many fascinating ports of call, the daily routines and duties of his role in the service leave him disappointed and homesick. After leaving the Navy, he eventually joins the Army Airborne Division as a career soldier. Again, the opportunities for travel take him to new and exciting locations. In Germany, he finds the love of his life. Just as he is about to bring his happy new family to America, he is found dead under mysterious circumstances.

This true story of Billy Liedloff’s life completes the fulfillment of a family’s long-ago memory of Billy’s humorous, playful antics, his kind, thoughtful nature, and his unfinished life. His touching story is told by his cousin Debra Bowenkamp as she reveals how the family always seemed to be WAITING FOR BILLY to come home.

Title: Waiting for Billy

Author: Debra Bowenkamp

Length: 246 pages

Published: July 9, 2013

Formats: Print and E-book

Publisher: New Friends Publishing

Author bio

DEBRA BOWENKAMP resides in Minnesota with her husband John. They have two sons, John III and Andrew, and four granddaughters. A graduate of the University of Nebraska/Omaha, her passions in life are her Christian faith, family, friends, and playing tennis. This is her first book.