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WATERLOO- Jerome “Jody” Odiel VanDaele, of Waterloo formerly of Fairbank and Oran area, died Sunday, September 11,  at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics Iowa City,  from complications of Muscular Dystrophy.

He was born September 30, 1961 in Oelwein, Iowa, son of Julius and Bettie (Fortsch) VanDaele.

He grauated from Wapsie Valley High School, Fairbank in 1980. He received degrees from Wartburg College and University of Northern Iowa.  He had worked at the University of Northern Iowa up until a few years ago.

Survived by: one sister, Nancy (Larry) Holub, Oelwein.  A brother in-law, Casey Rechkemmer, Oelwein.  One niece, Stephanie (Brian) Beesecker, Fairbank, three nephews, Shane (Jessica) Rechkemmer, Oelwein, Scott Rechkemmer, Oran,  Addam Holub, Oelwein, and great-nieces and great-nephews,   and a very special friend LeeAnne Kramer of Waterloo.

Preceded in death by: his parents, Julius and Bettie VanDaele. A sister, Beth Ann Rechkemmer.

Services :  at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, September 15th at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Fairbank, with burial in the Church Cemetery.  Public visitation on Wednesday at the funeral home from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Memorials may be directed to the Muscular Dystrophy Association

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                     ORLANDO, FLORIDA- Dennis Raymond Duffy, 58, former resident of Fairbank, Iowa, died August 20, 2011, at his Orlando, Flordia home.  Dennis was born November 6, 1952, in Waterloo, Iowa to Patricia and Aloysius Duffy, of Fairbank.

Dennis served in the United States Navy as a Chief Engine-man Diesel Inspector.  During his 20 year career, he served in the Vietnam War, Desert Storm and Gulf War: Operation Desert Storm.  He received the Vietnam Service Medal, Battle “E” Award, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (2nd award), National Defense Service (2nd award), Southwest Asia Service Medal with Bronze Star, Expert Rifle Medal, Kuwait Liberation Medal and 4 Good Conduct Awards.

Dennis lived in New Orleans for a time and endured the hardships from Hurricane Katrina.  He then moved to Orlando, Flordia to be with his children.  He spend his final year and a half in the care of lhis previous wife, Melodie and their children, Melissa and Brett.

Our family circle is broken.  He  is survived by his wife, Colleen; his daughter, Melissa; his son Brett.  Our sibling circle is broken.  Remaining siblings are: Patrick (Sherry) Duffy, Erie, IL,. Colleen (Darold) Matthias, Sumner, Galen (Bonnie) Duffy, Jesup, Kathy (Duffy) Volker Fairbank and Sherry (Francis) Weber, also of Fairbank; along with several nieces, great-nieces, nephews and great-nephews.

At Dennis’ request, no service will be held.  Dennis loved the warm climates.  He will be laid to rest, with Military Honors, in the Flordia National Cemetery for Veterans in Bushnell, Flordia, WE THANK YOU  for proudly protecting our rights, our way of life and the United States of America.

Condolences may be directed to: The Family of Dennis Duffy at 18029 Hollister Road, Orlando, Florida, 32820, or emailed to: and she will forward accordingly.

We take comfort in knowing Love Never Dies and we have one more Angel above us….



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