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Beloved husband, dad, Papa, and grandpa, Donald Rekemeyer, 93, of Anamosa, died Thursday, June 10, 2021, at his home.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 15, 2021, at the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Anamosa. The Rev. Rodger Good will officiate. Burial will be in Antioch Cemetery, where military honors will be accorded by the United States Army and the Anamosa Veterans Honor Guard. Friends may call from 9:30 a.m. to the time of service at the church. By visiting Goettschonline.com you may share your stories, memories, thoughts, and condolences with Donald's family.
Donald Dean Rekemeyer was born in Tipton, Iowa, on March 31, 1928, the son of Louis and Hannah (Stanton) Rekemeyer. He was a member of the Tipton High School Class of 1945. He served his country in the United States Army during the Korean War and was honorably discharged in 1953. In 1960 he met Jean Achenbach at the Highway Gardens in Stanwood, Iowa, and the couple were united in marriage on July 15, 1962, in Anamosa. Together they farmed near Anamosa. Later Dean went to work as a correctional officer at the Anamosa State Penitentiary, retiring in 1994, after 25 years of service.
He was a member of the American Legion in Anamosa, and was a former member of Fawn Creek Golf Club in Anamosa and Little Bear Golf Club in Wyoming. He enjoyed playing cards every Sunday, golfing, dancing, woodworking, raising and riding horses, raising Black Angus cattle, and milking his one dairy cow he lovingly called "Stupid." He was deeply devoted to his family and viewed them as the highlight of his life.
He is survived by his wife of nearly 59 years, Jean; his children, Pam (Al) Coats, Marion, Gina Smith, Anamosa, Becky (Andy) Jamison, Anamosa, and Renee Mente, Fort Myers, Fla.; 18 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild; a sister, Lois Moon, Tipton; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his sons, Rick Meeks, Tim Meeks and Terry Meeks, a granddaughter, Alicia Coats; a son-in-law, Mike Smith; his parents, three brothers and two sisters.
In lieu of gifts and flowers, memorials are preferred.
The family would like to thank the staff of Above and Beyond Hospice for hteir wonderful care.