John Frederick Deets, 76, of Mason City, IA, passed away January 19, 2023, in Mason City.
A Funeral Service will be held 10:30 AM, Tuesday January 24, 2023, at First United Methodist Church, 119 S Georgia Ave, Mason City, IA 50401 with Reverend Carol Kress officiating. Military Honors presented by the Mason City Veterans Honor Guard will take place following the service. Burial will take place at Evergreen Cemetery in Rudd, IA.
Visitation will be held from 5:00 PM to 7:00PM, Monday, January 23, 2023 at Hogan Bremer Moore Colonial Chapel, 126 3rd St. NE, Mason City, IA 50401 as well as one hour prior to the funeral service on Tuesday.
John was born January 28, 1946, in Mason City, son of Walter Frederick and Elaine Augusta (Ingersoll) Deets. He graduated from North Central High School with the class of 1964. He went on to Mason City Junior College and earned his associates degree in business. John was inducted into the United States Army February 15, 1967 where he spent a year in Vietnam. He was honorably discharged September 21, 1968 and earned the National Defense Service Medal. John worked for Sugar Beet for a short time before working for Associated Milk Producers Incorporated. He retired as a foreman in 2003. He met and married Sharon Ames, October 12, 1968 at Holy Family Catholic Church in Mason City. Their union was blessed with two sons, Christopher and Bradly. John later met and married Kathryn (Dodge) Kahler August 1, 1992 at First United Methodist Church in Mason City. He gained four children from this union, Amy, Renae, Chad, and Tonya.
John was a family man first and foremost. He never missed a game or event his grandchildren had. He would take every opportunity to spend time with them. He especially loved watching his granddaughter Anna play basketball with Western Illinois. John also enjoyed “junking”; finding value in the little things and gardening. He worked often with his hands, be it woodworking, canning or making Christmas ornaments for his kids and grandkids. He was very involved with the First United Methodist Church. John was a proud member of their board of trustees. He would spend hours cracking walnuts for the other members of the church and raised a significant amount of money for them with his “junking”. His favorite sports teams included the Iowa Hawkeyes, Minnesota Twins, and Minnesota Vikings.
John is survived by his wife, Kathryn; children, Christopher (Julia) Deets and their children, Andrew, Anna, and Alex; Bradly (Amber) Deets and their children, Maxwell, Hannah, and Sawyer; Amy Weitzel and her children, Zachary, Brandon, and Blake, (Special Friend Bill Wood), Renae (Dean) Stadtlander and their children, Tyler and Alex; Chad Kahler and his children, Mac, Samuel, and Kylie, Tonya (Tony) Spencer and their children, Tiffany and Taylor; great- grandchildren, Huxton, Emerson, Peyton, and River; sisters, Gwen Shackleton and Judith Schotanus, and Leanna (Steve) Anderson; as well as many other beloved nieces, nephews, friends and extended family.
John was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Elaine; brothers, Larry and Bernard; parents-in-law, Grace and Maurice Dodge; Brothers-in-law Jerry Lee Dodge, Dick Dodge, Eugene Shackleton and David Schotanus; son-in-law, Daniel Weitzel; special aunt, Naomi Ingersoll; as well as numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.