Dean E. Steckly, 85, of North English, formerly of Kalona, died Monday, Oct. 23, 2017, at English Valley Care Center in North English.
A Celebration of Life will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26, at Peterseim Funeral Home in Kalona with Father David Brownfield and Deacon Derick Cranston officiating. Cremation will follow the service. Private family burial will be at a later date. Visitation will be Thursday from 3 to 6 p.m. The family requests casual attire.
A memorial fund has been established for Essence of Life Hospice of Amana.
Dean Edward Steckly was born Aug. 19, 1932, in Johnson County, the son of Sam R. and Ida (Brenneman) Steckly. He graduated from Iowa City High School and served in the U.S. Air Force from 1952 to 1954. On Aug. 18, 1956, he was united in marriage to Mary Cahill at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Iowa City. Dean was a farmer, truck driver and bus driver. He enjoyed all sports, NASCAR, watching old westerns, going to the farm and helping with harvest.
Survivors include his wife Mary of Kalona; seven children, Denise (Todd) Miller of Kalona, Diane McCormick of Olin, Patty (Brian) Coppess of Urbandale, William Dean (Lisa) Steckly of Wellman, Sara (Mike) Hammen of Keota, Sam Steckly of Wellman and Mike (Jen) Steckly of North English; 13 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
Preceding Dean in death were his parents; two sisters, Lavern Loucks and Arlie Donovan; two brothers, Rollin Steckly and Dale Steckly; and a son-in-law, Bruce McCormick.