OBITUARY

Duane William Ockerman

December 27, 1932November 18, 2020

Duane William Ockerman passed away peacefully, in bed, at Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Davenport Iowa under the supervision of the Genesis Hospice staff on November 18, 2020.

Duane W. Ockerman was born 12-27-1932 in Allerton Iowa to Aaron F. and Ina F. Crawford Ockerman. After graduating from Allerton High School, where he played basketball, he spent time on the family farm with his father and brother Lowell before moving to what he called the “big city” of Davenport in 1955. He spent a couple years with Farmall and Case before being hired at Alcoa, where he retired in 1987 after 30 years. When his boys were growing up, Duane enjoyed coaching and practicing whatever sports they were involved in, especially baseball. While at Alcoa and during retirement, Duane loved bowling and especially loved dancing. Whether at The Col Ballroom, VFW, Rusty Nail or any other place that had some music and ladies, Duane loved to dance and the ladies lined up to dance with him. His three sons, Michael Ockerman of Blue Grass, IA; Thomas (Kristen) Ockerman of Davenport IA and Ken (Sally) Ockerman of Eldridge IA will continue to treasure the memories. Duane also is survived by 10 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.

Duane was preceded in death by his mother and father and all of his siblings; brother, Lowell; sisters Anna Mae Tonelli, Lois Eloise Morrett, Geneva Frances Whiteley and Nellie Darlene Ockerman that passed away during early childhood. Their love, support and influence shaped the habits that made a clean house, clean car and well-manicured lawn important to Duane and something he took great pride in. He also took great pride and got great joy out of helping others whenever possible although he always wanted to complete his work on his own. Duane will be missed by all that knew and met him. As he reunites with his family and friends in God’s home, he will surely have a full dance card with the angels.

The family will hold a private ceremony at Davenport Memorial Park Cemetery where he will be laid to rest. In lieu of flowers, online condolences may be left at www.rungemortuary.com to be shared with staff and facilities that provided care during his final weeks.

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Roger Schemmel, Jr.

November 24, 2020

Mike, Tom & Ken

Please accept our deepest sympathies at this difficult time. It is impossible to provide an adequate good bye for someone during this virus chaos. He lived a good life and will be missed. Blessings to you and your families.

Lori and Roger

Linda Griffin

November 23, 2020

Don't know if you boys remember me but I dated your dad for 2 years back almost 30 years ago. We had some real good times together dancing and going on trips. He use to fix meals for me when I was over that way for tax class and he also use to cut my hair. If you at anytime need or want some pictures I do have an album of us while we dated. I am so sorry for your loss. Losing a parent is never easy. May God give all of you peace.

Vicki Van Hauen

November 20, 2020

I remember dancing with Uncle Duane many times. It was so much fun. I also enjoyed watching him dance with anyone else. He was so light on his feet.

I remember he and Daddy working on cars and our boat in our garage or out on the river.

Like the obit says, if anyone needed help, he was there. He will be missed by his sons and our extended family.

R.I.P. Uncle Duane

Terry Murphy

November 20, 2020

Uncle Duane was a fun Uncle. I always had a good time whether visiting him in Davenport when younger swimming at the house and always lots of good food to eat. One year he came to watch me play softball in a Brenton tournament in Davenport and took me for a motorcycle ride I remember my rubber cleets got a little warm on his exhaust pipe, ha! One time when he came back to Jefferson for a visit and we were still hot and heavy teaching and dancing at Dance Country in Bayard he spent the weekend dancing with all of us and any available ladies needing there dance card filled. He came back periodically and stayed at the folks and popped out to visit us. Always had stories to share of times down South and what you boys where up to. We spent several hours on the phone gabbing from time to time and always exchanged Christmas cards. I was so glad I got to see him at Aunt Lois's funeral. I will miss his calls asking how harvest or planting was going and if I was behaving and asking what my husband Dennis was up to...hinting he was ready to visit with him too. I have a lot of good memories to hold on to and I will miss him. I am sure the reunion in the sky will be an awesome event! Here is a photo of he and mom dancing at Dance Country. Thinking of all of you at this sad time. Love and hugs to all of you!

Peg Wilcox

November 20, 2020

Mike, Tom and Ken...so very sorry for your loss...my family and I share in your sadness...during this difficult time, I hope you each feel surrounded by your Dad's love...Thoughts...Prayers...and Peace...
With Love and Fond Memories,
"The Wilcox's"
Peg, Dick and Family

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