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John H. Deer, Sr., 96, passed away on July 16, 2019. He was born in rural Runnells on August 4, 1922 the son of William and Emma (Ruth Hayes) Deer. He was the eldest of two sons.

John had many projects throughout his life. He was a farmer, milked cows, and worked at Farmer’s Supply, John Deere Implement in Colfax. In his free time, he loved to tinker…on anything; wood working, lawn mowers and loved having a food stand at the Iowa State Fair. After retiring from his beefburger business at the fair, he used the stand to serve lunch at farm auctions. John was also an information volunteer at the fair and loved to talk to people and play practical jokes.

He had eyes that would captivate you wondering what he was planning next and a smile that would light up a room making it warm and inviting.

Those left to cherish his memory are his daughter, Sharon (Jim) Motis; three granddaughters, Jennifer (Kyle) Morrison, Angie (Jason) Rosenbalm, and Amber (Darren) Battershell; as well as four great-grandsons, Wyatt Rosenbalm, Jake and Luke Battershell, and Nick Morrison.

John was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Betty; and son, John, Jr.

The family will greet friends from 9:30 – 11:00 am on Monday, July 22, 2019 at Hamilton’s Altoona Funeral Home, 105 4th Street SW, Altoona with a funeral service starting at 11:00 am. Reunification with his beautiful bride will follow immediately at Lowman Cemetery.

Memorials may be directed to Kindred Hospice and the Runnells Fire Department.

Condolences may be expressed at:
www.HamiltonsFuneralHome.com

Service Details

Visitation:
Monday, July 22, 2019
9:30 - 11:00 am
Hamilton's Altoona Funeral Home
105 4th Street SW
Altoona, Iowa
Service:
Monday, July 22, 2019
11:00 am
Hamilton's Altoona Funeral Home
105 4th Street SW
Altoona, Iowa
Disposition:
Burial
Lowman Cemetery
Arrangements:
Hamilton's Altoona Funeral Home
105 Fourth Street SW
Altoona, Iowa 50009
(515) 967-4272

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