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David Lee Drewelow

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David Lee Drewelow, age 79 of New Hampton, Iowa, died Sunday May 12, 2024 at MercyOne Medical Center in Mason City.

Funeral service will be held 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 21, 2024 at Hugeback-Johnson Funeral Home & Crematory in New Hampton with Rev. Kevin Frey presiding.  Inurnment will follow at the St. John’s Lutheran Church Boyd Cemetery with Austin Drewelow, Jake Usher and Lucas Drewelow serving as urnbearers.

Friends may greet the family from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Monday, May 20, 2024 at Hugeback-Johnson Funeral Home & Crematory in New Hampton.  Visitation continues an hour prior to the service on Tuesday at the funeral home.


Born on August 27, 1944, in New Hampton, IA, David was the beloved son of Reinhart and Arlene (Kohler) Drewelow. He spent his childhood in the Boyd area, attending Boyd Country School, where he developed a profound appreciation for the outdoors and a strong work ethic by helping on the family farm.

David graduated from New Hampton High School in 1963. One memorable evening, while driving around Frederika, he met the love of his life, Carol Hahn. Their connection was instant, and after their first date, a beautiful journey began. They were married on July 22, 1967, at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, a union blessed with three wonderful children.

The couple made New Hampton their home, and David dedicated 30.5 years of hard work and loyalty to John Deere in Waterloo. He was highly regarded by his colleagues for his dedication and work ethic.

Music played a pivotal role in David’s life. He was the lead singer and guitarist for his band, the “Starlites.” Growing up in a musically inclined family, David’s mother often played the harmonica to him, while his was on the piano, instilling a lifelong passion for music. His family supported him ardently, traveling across northeast Iowa to watch him perform. David’s love for music was a gift he shared generously, at every family gathering he would break out his guitar and sing and play for everyone.  Whether it was around the campfire or a family get together, everyone involved loved it.

An avid outdoorsman, David enjoyed camping, fishing, and hunting. These activities were not just hobbies but opportunities to create lasting memories with his loved ones. Family gatherings were incomplete without friendly card games, a tradition David cherished deeply.

David’s life was a testament to the values of hard work, love, and joy.

David is survived by his wife of 56 years Carol Drewelow of New Hampton; two sons, Roger (Amy) Drewelow of Cedar Rapids, Brad Drewelow of New Hampton; one daughter Darla (Randy) Usher of Ionia; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters Doris (Larry) Cheneny, Norma (Wayne) Pack; one brother Lloyd (Carol L.) Drewelow.

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  1. My heartfelt condolences to my Aunt Carol and the family. Dave will be missed. I really enjoyed my time with him on earth. Especially loved all the good fishing stories. God Bless you Uncle Dave❤️

  2. Deepest sympathies to the Drewelow family. David was bandmate of my dad’s in the early 1970s. God bless you all.

  3. Roger and Family,

    So so sorry to hear about the loss of your father. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

  4. My deepest condolences to the family. I pray for your peace, strength and understanding in the days ahead.

  5. Carol and family I am so sorry for your loss. Extending my deepest heartfelt sympathy. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  6. Julie Hughes

    Sending my thoughts and prayers to my family today and always.

    Uncle Dave – you will be missed

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