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Fred Joe Damon

April 9, 2019
Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Fred Joe Damon, 85, of Tama, passed away April 8, 2019 at Mary Greeley Medical Center in Ames. Funeral Services will be held Saturday, April 13, 2019 at 10:30 AM at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Tama with Pastor Warren Riley officiating. A Graveside Service and interment will be held Saturday, April 13, 2019 at 3:00 PM at Woodlawn Cemetery in Oelwein. Visitation will be held Friday, April 12, 2019 from 5-7 PM at Kruse-Phillips Funeral Home in Tama.

Fred was born on April 19, 1933, in Hazleton, Iowa, the son of Ralph and Fern (Woodward) Damon.

In 1951, he graduated from high school in Oelwein. He attended Iowa State Teachers College receiving his BA and then attended Kirksville College in MO and the University of Northern Colorado.

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Fred Joe Damon

Fred served his country in the U.S. Army in Japan and Korea.

On March 28, 1954, he was united in marriage to Joyce Beckner at the Zion Lutheran Church in Oelwein. He taught business classes at Shellsburg for two years and then taught at South Tama Community Schools for thirty-one years. Fred was a member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Tama, and the South Tama Booster Club. He was a past member of Pheasants Forever and Ducks Unlimited. He enjoyed gardening, fishing, woodworking, playing cards, and tinkering in the basement. Fred and Joyce wintered in McAllen, TX for twenty-four years.

Survivors include his wife of sixty-five years, Joyce of Tama; his children, Kathi (Alan) Abkes of Cedar Falls, and Kenneth (Carole) Damon of Eldora; six grandchildren, Jennifer (Jason) Niedert, Gordon (Cassidy) Abkes, Shaunna (Christopher) Johannes, Virginia (Lee) Liesinger, Clint Damon (Brittany Fogt) and Claire Damon; fifteen great-grandchildren; one brother, Aaron (Denise) Damon of Pekin, IL; and many nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death were his parents; sisters, Irene, Midge, Marilynn, and Deloris; brothers, Ralph, George, John, Robert and Paul.

Memorials may be directed to the STC Athletic Booster Club, St. Paul Lutheran Church in Tama, or the Tama Ambulance Service.

 
 

 

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