Daryl August Tesch, 81 of Mason City, died Saturday, January 29, 2022, at MercyOne North Iowa Medical Center in Mason City.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 6:00 p.m. Thursday, February 3, 2022, at Hogan-Bremer-Moore Colonial Chapel, 126 3rd St. NE, Mason City.
Visitation will be held from 4:00-6:00 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home in Mason City.
Daryl was born October 3, 1940, the son of Alfred and Ethel (Stehn) Tesch in Osage. He married Iola Chapin on April 9, 1966, in Plymouth.
A graduate of Grafton High School, Daryl began driving a semi-truck for Land O’Lakes and retired after 42 years and over two million miles of accident-free driving. He also farmed throughout his life and during retirement for Nicholas Farms. He enlisted in the United States National Guard shortly after high school and served for six years.
Daryl enjoyed spending time outdoors while camping, fishing, hunting and farming. Earlier in his life he liked drag racing, which is also how he met his wife, Iola. More than anything, he loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Daryl is survived by his wife, Iola of Mason City; children, Dawn (Darrel) Horgeshimer of Fenton, IA and Teresa (Doug) Roth of Mason City; seven grandchildren, Kendra (Travis) Ridenour, Jordan Person, Joshua (Brittany) Person, (grandson-in-law) Matt Linderman, Kaleb (Paige) Roth, Nicole (Dan) Kraft, Rachel (Matt) Klaffke, and Jesse Horgeshimer; 13 great-grandchildren, Autumn, Nadine, Rachel, Zac, Alex, Addisyn, Savannah, Briley, Brayden, Emberlyn, Joshy, Brianna and Kreedyn; sister, Marilyn (George) Katcavage of South St. Paul, MN; brother-in-law, Bill Sower; and many more friends and family.
He was preceded in death by his parents; granddaughter, Alicia Linderman; and sister, Marlene Sower.