Death – Obituary: David Lee Deedrick (1/12/22)

Death – Obituary

David Lee Deedrick, 90, of Waukee, Iowa and formerly of Cherokee, Iowa passed away on January 8, 2022 at Mercy One Johnston Hospice Care.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, January 13, 2022 at 1:30 p.m. at Boothby Funeral Home in Cherokee, Iowa.  Pastor Mike Agnew will officiate.  Military rites by L.A. Wescott Post #2253 of the V.F.W. and the Cherokee American Legion will be performed. Burial will be held at a later date in Oak Hill Cemetery.  Visitation will be held on Wednesday, January 12, 2022 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with the family present from 5-7 p.m. at the Boothby Funeral Home in Cherokee, Iowa. There will be a masonic service at 7:00 p.m. Online condolences may be left at

David was born on January 15, 1931 in LeMars, Iowa to Levi and Jeanette (Druger) Deedrick, the middle of three children.  He attended school first in LeMars, then in Leeds, Iowa, graduating in 1949 from Leeds High School.  He graduated from Westmar College in LeMars with a BA and later earned his Masters from the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, South Dakota.  He enlisted in the United States Navy and attended Officer Training School.  He was commissioned in 1953 and served aboard the USS Power DD-839 from 1953-1956.  He rose to the rank of Lieutenant Junior Grade. 

He was married to Kathleen Mae Hemingway on May 23, 1953 in Winnebago, Minnesota.  Together they had two children, Linda and Lisa.  After Kathleen passed away on May 29, 1972, Dave was married to Janice Elaine Hill on July 25, 1975 in Cherokee, Iowa and adopted her son, Robert Edward. 

Dave began his 37 year career in education at Onawa, Iowa in 1956 as a teacher and coach for two years and then as Elementary Principal.  He and his family moved to Cherokee in 1967, where he served as Elementary Principal until his retirement in July 1993. 

Dave was very active in the Cherokee community.  He was a member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, United Methodist Men, and helped with Confirmation classes.  He served for many years on the Cherokee Public Library Board of Directors as well as being a Lifetime member of the Cherokee County Chapter of Red Cross.  He was a 60 year member of the Masonic Lodge, a 48 year member of the Abu Bekr Shrine and in the Cherokee Shrine Club where he was part of the Flying Carpets in many parades.  He also served for 10 years on the Siouxland Regional Housing Authority. 

He was an avid sports fan, especially the New York Yankees.  He also loved to cook and was well known for his holiday candy trays and his biscuits and gravy served at the Masonic breakfasts.

David was preceded in death by his father, Levi; his mother, Jeannette; his first wife, Kathleen; his sister and brother-in-law, Estelle and Duane Musselman; and his brother, Tom Deedrick.

He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Janice; his daughter Linda (Duane) Christensen of Cherokee; his daughter Lisa (Don) Berlin of Superior, Colorado; and his son Robert of Urbandale, Iowa; five granddaughters, Nancy (Todd) Clark of Denver, Colorado; Laura (Jon) Meylor of Papillion, Nebraska; Lily and Ella Berlin; and Reese Deedrick; five great-grandchildren, McKenzie, Ethan, and Christian Meylor and Keely and Thomas Clark; sisters-in-law Lorraine Deedrick of Rochester, Minnesota, Bobbi (Dennis) Meints of Ankeny, Iowa and Mary Jackson of Chaska, Minnesota.  

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What Is An Obituary

In national newspapers an obituary (obit for short) is a news article that reports the recent death of a prominent person. Although it tends to focus on positive aspects of the subject’s life this is not always the case. According to Nigel Farndale, the Obituaries Editor of The Times: “Obits should be life affirming rather than gloomy, but they should also be opinionated, leaving the reader with a strong sense of whether the subject lived a good life or bad; whether they were right or wrong in the handling of their public affairs.”

In local newspapers, an obituary may be published for any local resident upon death. A necrology is a register or list of records of the deaths of people related to a particular organization, group or field, which may only contain the sparsest details, or small obituaries. Historical necrologies can be important sources of information.