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John W. Cleverley

Published: Monday, Feb. 10, 2014 1:13 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, Feb. 10, 2014 2:02 p.m. CDT

John W. Cleverley, 87, of rural Mingo died on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, at his home.

A funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, at the Wallace Family Funeral Home and Crematory in Newton. The family will greet friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10, at the funeral home. Memorials to the Israel House Hospice or the Mingo Methodist Church may be left at the funeral home.

John, the son of Orville W. and Zola A. (Trout) Cleverley, was born on June 11, 1926, in rural Collins, Iowa. He graduated from Mingo High School in 1944. John was united in marriage with Ione K. Uitermark on May 3, 1985, in Elk Point, S.D. John was a lifelong farmer, farming for 65 years in rural Mingo, retiring in 1997. He was a member of the Mingo Methodist Church and served on the Mingo School Board. John enjoyed fishing, gardening, and playing cards. He was a devoted St. Louis Cardinals and Iowa Hawkeye fan. John was a loving husband, dad, grandpa, great-grandpa and friend.

John is survived by his wife, Ione of rural Mingo; children, Larry D. Cleverley (Beth Jaeger) of Mingo and Ellen P. (Rick) Rhoads of Collins; daughter-in-law, Margaret Cleverley (Randy Holdren) of Maxwell; his grandchildren, William (Stacey) Cleverley of Slater, Lori (Jason) Navarro of Waukesha, Wis., Kyle (Tracy) Rhoads of Cambridge, Kent (Angie) Rhoads of North Pole, Alaska, and Kari (Justin) Smith of Baxter; great-grandchildren, Ryan Cleverley, Karsen Cleverley, Kaitlin Navarro, Charlie Rhoads, Derrick Rhoads, Haley Rhoads, Brooklyn Rhoads, Brady Rhoads, Michael Hermenitt, Nicole Hermenitt, Carter Smith, and Cooper Smith; his step-children, Renee Dukeshire (Greg Wilson) of Zionsville, Ind., and Eric (Shelli) Eatwell of Collins; and step-grandchildren, Matthew Dukeshire, Nathanael Dukeshire, and Lauren Dukeshire.

He is preceded in death by his parents and a son, John W. Cleverley.

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