Donald Geertsema
  • Born on: September 27, 1939
  • Departed on: October 29, 2018
  • Resided in: Parkersburg, IA

Donald Geertsema

Donald Lee “Butch” Geertsema, 79, of Parkersburg, passed away on October 29, 2018, at Maple Manor Care Facility in Aplington.

Butch, as he was known to family and friends, was born on September 27, 1939 to William and Marie (Thrasher) Geertsema in Parkersburg.   He graduated from Shell Rock High School.  Butch lived in Shell Rock and Parkersburg through the mid-90s before moving to Arizona and North Carolina, and then returning to Parkersburg in 2010.  He worked at Titus Manufacturing in Cedar Falls, John Deere, and Broyhill Furniture.  

Butch contributed to his community as a volunteer for the Shell Rock and Parkersburg Fire Departments.    He enjoyed golfing, spending time with family, and early morning coffee with whoever was up at that hour.  He loved NASCAR, Iowa sports, and keeping up with current news and events.  His personality was rough on the outside, but a true softie on the inside.  Although he gave everyone a hard time and was known to be a little bit ornery at times, he was loved by all who spent any time with him.

Butch will be sorely missed by his daughters, Shelli DeKreek (Dave) of Woodland, CA and Kendra Condrey of Marion, NC; grandchildren Jenni, Nicki, Samuel, Allison, Alec, Adam, Luke, and Joshua; great-grandchildren Lilli and Jace; sisters Dolly Kreger and Donna Rae Eager; sister-in-law Jan Geertsema; and numerous nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother David.  Butch requested to be cremated.  A memorial service will be held at Bethel Lutheran Church in Parkersburg on November 15th at 10:30am. 

In lieu of flowers, please make memorial to the Parkersburg or Aplington Fire Department, Bethel Lutheran Church in Parkersburg, or Cedar Valley Hospice. 
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