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Claude Babcock III

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Claude Warren Babcock III, age 70, of Lawler, IA, died Thursday, January 6, 2022, at his home surrounded by his family. A Mass of Chrisitan Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, January 10, 2022, at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church in Lawler with Rev. Nick Radloff officiating the Mass. Interment will be held in Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Cemetery in Lawler. Friends may greet the family from 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. Sunday, January 9, 2022, at Hugeback - Johnson Funeral Home & Crematory in New Hampton. Visitation continues an hour prior to the Mass at the church in Lawler on Monday. Claude was born on Feb. 10, 1951, to Claude and Regina (Martin) Babcock in New Hampton, and he was the oldest of the Babcock’s six children. He received his education at St. Joseph Community School and New Hampton public schools, and in high school, he played football and wrestled for the Chickasaws before graduating with the Class of 1969, the first group to receive their diplomas, at what was then the new high school. Claude met the love if his life, Nancy Burgart at a party. The two were married on April 28, 1973, and lived in New Hampton for a short while before moving to Lawler. The Babcocks had five daughters — Rhonda, Amanda, Jayda, Jill, and Erica. Claude was their “super fan”, as he and Nancy attended all of their sporting events and other school activities, and the Babcock girls always knew their parents were in their “corner.” Family was everything to Claude. Before his girls were active in sports, camping and fishing were regular activities. Although, truth be told, he didn’t get all that much fishing in because he was baiting hooks, removing fish and untangling lines! Once his girls became involved in sports, Claude could be found in the stands cheering them on, rarely missing an event. His daughters will tell you that their father had the patience of Job and that it took a “lot to rile up” Dad. Claude worked several jobs before finding the position — in the Parts Department at Vern Laures Auto Center — made for him. He was a hard-working employee who always did his best for the dealership and its customers, before retiring in the fall of 2016, after more than 33 years of dedicated service. He loved his Turkey Valley Trojans and was a long-time supporter of the Turkey Valley Athletic Boosters. He was the brainchild behind the activity calendars that were a part of homes and businesses throughout the school district. In retirement, he thoroughly enjoyed being a member of the “paint crew” for the football field. Claude was a big fan of the Iowa Hawkeyes, and although his favorites were football, wrestling and basketball, if a team was playing with a Tigerhawk on the jersey, Claude was rooting for it! He loved attending Iowa football games with anyone, but, the best was when he could go to a game and tailgate with his dad and his brothers. In retirement, Claude picked up where he left off, supporting the many activities of his grandkids. If he wasn’t watching a sport, he could be found at Jackson Heights Golf Course improving his golf game. He enjoyed golfing with Nancy, grandkids, son-in-laws, daughters, or anyone, for that matter. He loved his community and his church. He enjoyed helping with Lawler’s Irish Fest celebration and drove a golf cart all over town to chauffeur people to and from various events. Claude was also a longtime member of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church in Lawler. Claude was an awesome, doting grandfather to his 13 grandchildren, and he told everyone that it was those grandkids who “make me tick.” And he also loved Red, the cocker spaniel; the two were the best of friends and inseparable. This gentle, personable, neighborly man will be dearly missed, but, Claude leaves his wife of almost 49 years, his five daughters, those 13 grandchildren, and his legion of friends and co-workers with so many wonderful memories. Claude is survived by his wife, Nancy, of Lawler; his daughters, Rhonda (Ronnie) Dreckman of New Hampton, Amanda (Chad) Rockow of Stockton, Jayda (Dean) Dietzenbach of Protivin, Jill (Jason) Maklenburg of Lawler, and Erica (Eric) Bodensteiner of Waucoma; 13 beloved grandchildren; two brothers, Steve (Shirley) Babcock of New Hampton, and Michael (Kathy) Babcock of New Hampton; two sisters, Rosemary (Dennis) Carpenter of North Washington, and Kate Schmidtke of Kansas City, Missouri; Nancy’s siblings, Cindy (Larry) Heying of New Hampton, Michael (Julie) Burgart of Cedar Falls, Sue (Randy) Breitbach of New Hampton, Bonnie Collins (Warren) of Cedar Falls, Steven (Joan) Burgart of Florida, Stan (Audra) Burgart of New Hampton, Denise (Randy) Ayers of Lidderdale, Wendy (Kevin) Einck of New Hampton, and Carol (Steve) Anderson of New Hampton; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Phillip Babcock; granddaughter, Magdaline Dietzenbach; and stepdad, Dewey Leichtman.

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  1. Nancy, Rhonda, Amanda, Jayda, Jill, Erica and families: Prayers for all of you as you go through this difficult time. Know that Claude will be keeping an eye on you all from up above. He is at peace and got his wish to be at home with all of you surrounding him with your love. Hang in there and keep the stories of him going and he will be with you always! Love and Godspeed!

  2. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Nancy and your family. He will be truly missed. Janel & Gary Kuennen

  3. So very sorry to hear of Claude’s passing. Extending our most heartfelt sympathy to Nancy, the girls and their families, along with his siblings and families. May he Rest In Peace. 🙏🏻 ✝️🙏🏻

  4. Nancy Babcock, you and your family have our deepest sympathy for your loss! 🙏🏼💙🙏🏼 So sad to hear this news. Hugs to you!

  5. Nancy and family,
    So sorry to hear about Claude . He’s at peace now , your memories will help carry you through this difficult time. Hugs to all.

  6. So very sorry for your family loss Jada. Prayers of comfort and may God surround you all with His love🙏

  7. Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.

  8. Nancy & family, I send my sympathy and prayers to you and all of your families. Working with Claude was a pleasure and we all got along so well. I know what you are going through and it is not easy. Please give me a call just to talk. I’m having some issues of my own and staying in Des Moines for a few weeks to see if the doctors can resolve anything. Love and prayers to all.

  9. Nancy, Jayda, Amanda, Rhonda, Jill, & Erica – I’m so sorry for your incredible loss. There are so many wonderful, warm memories of your family from childhood/high school! From sleepovers with Jayda and our obnoxious, late night pranks to hours and hours of sports with many of you! Your dad took everything in stride and was always front and center in the stands supporting each of you! Much love to your family during this time. Thinking of you all and sending prayers of peace! May Claude now rest in peace ❤️ Julie (Kuennen)

  10. Sorry for this loss. Played a lot of baseball in Claude’s back yard when we were kids. He created the Southside neighborhood team in NH so we could play other neighborhood teams. Always a good person.

  11. Our deepest sympathy to all of Claude’s Family! So sorry for the loss of such a wonderful husband, father, brother and classmate (Class of 1969–New Hampton High School) Peace and Prayers Nanci and Family!!

  12. On behalf of the NHHS Class of 1969, our heartfelt sympathy to you, Nancy, and your Beautiful Family. I know how proud Claude was of his girls and Grandkids❣️ You were a great team! He was such a good sport and great Committee member for our 50th Reunion making the organizing task enjoyable and fun.

  13. Nancy and family, So very sorry for your loss. May your memories fill your hearts with love. Dan & Diane Kipp

  14. Sending our deepest sympathies and keeping you all in prayers. Josh, Bethany, Parker, Bailey, Isaiah, and Matthew

  15. Claude was a wonderful and friendly gentleman whom was a friend to all. You have our deepest and most heartfelt sympathy. Ray and Joyce Lukes


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