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David Drewelow

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David Dean Drewelow age 75 of New Hampton, IA died Saturday, October 22, 2022 at his home. Funeral Service will be held 10:00 a.m. Friday, November 4, 2022 at Hugeback-Johnson Funeral Home & Crematory in New Hampton with Rev. Kevin Frey presiding. Interment will follow at New Hampton City Cemetery. Friends may greet the family from 8:00 - 10:00 a.m. at the funeral home on Friday, November 4, 2022. 641-394-4334. David was born to parents Francis and Beverly (Watts) Drewelow and raised on a farm east of New Hampton. He was one of seven children. He attended New Hampton Community School, until graduation in 1966. Shortly after graduation, David enlisted in the United States Army, completing his basic training at Fort Bliss, Texas, and his Advanced Individual Training (AIT) at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, where he trained as a heavy equipment operator. When he deployed to Vietnam, he was put in infantry, then in the 35th Land Clearing Team (LCT), where his job was to clear mine fields with a bulldozer. He served in Vietnam from 1967-1968. He has received many military awards and honors, including the Purple Heart when he lost his right hand after hitting a 500-pound bomb with his dozer while crossing over the border to Laos. He was specialist 4th class. When he came home from Vietnam, he married Becky Hagemeier, and became stepfather to Danae and Theresa Hagemeier. Their son, Stephen Richard Drewelow, was born in 1975. The couple later divorced. David then met Linda Keeler in 1985 who he was with for many years and officially married on February 2, 2015, until her recent passing in 2020. David had a green thumb, known for his beautiful yard full of flowers and his mowing and snow removal business. In addition to gardening, other hobbies included playing cards, cribbage, and chess, as well as looking for antiques. He enjoyed spending as much time as possible with all his family. He had many friends, some yet from childhood, and a faithful dog, Duke. He loved to joke and tease, and the children and grandchildren will always remember Grandpa for being playful and loving. David was greatly loved and will be dearly missed. David is survived by his son Stephen (Valerie) of Golden, CO; one stepson Jim (Tammy) Keeler of Gladbrook, IA; six grandchildren, Abigail (Tyler) Adams of Wichita, KS, Isabella (William) Hoy of Topeka, KS, Noah Drewelow and Annabelle Drewelow of Golden, CO, and Danelle Keeler and Ethan Keeler of Gladbrook, IA; one brother Vern (Megan) Drewelow of New Hampton, IA; four sisters, Shirley Roethler, of Charles City, IA; Karen (Rod) Kane of Oran, IA; Rita (Darwin) Fisher of New Hampton, IA; Barbara (Andrew) Kottke of Fredericksburg, IA; and many nieces, nephews, other family members, and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife, Linda Drewelow; his parents Francis and Beverly Drewelow; one sister, Peggy Drewelow; and two brothers-in-law, Dan Peine and Ronald Roethler. In lieu of flowers, the family would be grateful for donations made in David’s name to the Chickasaw County Veterans Memorial Park in New Hampton, IA, or the Lawler Area Veterans Monument in Lawler, IA, both on which David is listed and honored for his service to his country.

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  1. Being your friend you made my life very exciting at times you were a good friend. ILL MISS YOU AND OUR TALKS. THANKS!

  2. Thoughts and prayers are with his family and his friends. So sorry for your loss. David, thank you for your Sacrifice and Service to our Country 🇺🇲.

  3. David Dean…you are a Vietnam HERO! I ran around Lawler when we were young…WE HAD SO MUCH FUN! You ALWAYS played an AWESOME GAME OF POOL! Combat Engineer Man! I went to Vietnam in 1972 which was 4 years after you went. YOU WILL FOREVER BE IN MY HEART! Rest In Peace David.

  4. Que Son Valley Contractors
    August 26, 2020 ·
    He came home the spring of ’68
    had beat death , cheated fate
    had lost his dreams , had no plans
    not your typical 19 year old man
    loved to laugh and use his fists
    had a scar on his wrist
    told all it was from an ax
    but it was from a mortar blast
    had another on his back
    of rage he had no lack
    use to say life’s but a game
    that he was damn glad he lived to play
    well ,that kid he’s no more
    until he thinks of that war
    when he does how he’d roar
    and how he swore
    not your typical old man next door .
    R.I.P. Dave

  5. I remember David teasing us when we were little ones running around the farm. Those were some good times. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.

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