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Duane Rodamaker

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Duane L. 'Deke' Rodamaker age 70 of Clarksville, IA, died Monday, July 31, 2017, at Covenant Medical Center in Waterloo. Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Thursday, August 3, 2017, at the Hugeback-Johnson Funeral Home - Olson Chapel in Nashua. Interment will be in Riverton Cemetery rural Charles City with Hunter Foster, Maddie Foster, Julianne Willadsen, Brittany Willadsen, Gina Mayer, and Dylan Mayer serving as pallbearers. Honorary Pallbearers are Ray Legel, Les Graeser, Lenos Connor, Larry Poppe, and Jimmy Litterer, Vern Bockhaus, and Brett Smith. Friends may greet the family 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 2, 2017, at the Hugeback-Johnson Funeral Home - Olson Chapel in Nashua. Visitation continues an hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Duane Lee Rodamaker was born February 10, 1947, in Charles City, IA, the son of David and Leila (Johnson) Rodamaker. He was a 1965 graduate of Nashua High School. Duane was a wild spirit in High School and would have his occasional run-in with the local law enforcement. He frequently found his name in the paper in an undisclosed section. He once even drove up the river on ice in the middle of winter and made a quick getaway through Howards Woods. Duane began working at Gaether tiling out of High School laying tile and working there for a couple of years. In 1967, Duane started working for Hydrotile in Nashua working for the company as a Welder, and would have to swing a 25 pound hammer forming the steel that would shape the concrete. Hydrotile was eventually purchased by Black Claussen Company and Duane retired for the company after 25 years of service. On September 3, 1976, in Mason City, Duane married the love of his life Linda Sue (Hutzell) Trowbridge. To this union, they raised three daughters, Tamela, Tabatha, and Teona. After Hydrotile closed, Linda had a dream of operating a bar and restaurant. So the family began operating Cliff's Place in Horton, managing the bar from January 1995 to June 1998. It truly was a family affair and everyone helped in the operations at one point. Duane and Linda got to know people from Nashua, Plainfield, Horton, and the surrounding areas. Duane had a love for horses, beginning as a little boy when he would spend time with his uncle Bob's ponies. This began a passion for racing and breaking horses. Duane and the family owned and trained a champion quarter horse named Jets Chalkin who appeared in 12 races. Jets Chalkin won 11 races and came in second one time. Jets Chalkin won high point racehorse of 1978. They eventually purchased a stallion quarter horse named Go Sky Moon that had given Jets Chalkin her only second place. Duane was very skilled at breaking horses. He had the patience and knowledge to teach the horses and even could get them to go in the correct stall after being unhooked from the lead rope. Duane and Linda purchased an acreage west of Plainfield right after getting married. It was in very tough shape and something you would drive right by without even noticing, but Duane and Linda saw opportunity to take something in rough shape and restore it into something beautiful. With hard work and dedication the property was turned into a beautiful home, spending 40 years there together. Duane is survived by his wife of 40 years, Linda Rodamaker of Clarksville, IA; three daughters, Tamela (Brian) Mayer of Greene, IA, Tabatha (Jessy) Willadsen of Floyd, IA, Teona (Josh Murray) Foster of Nashua, IA; six grandchildren, Hunter and Madeline Foster, Julianne and Brittany Willadsen, Gina and Dylan Mayer; father, David Rodamaker of Charles City, IA; sister, Sandi Rossi of Wantage, NJ. He was preceded in death by his mother, Leila Rodamaker; grandson, Thomas Mitchell Mayer.

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  1. Josh And Danielle Albrecht Family lit a candle in memory of Duane L. “Deke” Rodamaker

  2. So sorry for your loss. We are all thinking of you and sending prayers to your family at this difficult time.

  3. Prayers for Strength & Peace During This Time of Loss. My Daddy (Merle Vorwald) went Camping & on Rides With David Sr & Dennis Rodamaker. They Really Enjoyed Riding the Trails at Yellow River. My How the Years Pass By. God Bless You All. Find Peace Knowing He Was Greeted by Loved Ones Passed. Debbie (Vorwald) Morrison

  4. Love you always Duane and you know mom did too. She loved you like a son. Love your cousin Jeanette

  5. Duane was there for our family the year Dad went to Thailand, We stayed at Great Grandma’s house and Duane kept horses there. He was there most days and may not have been a parental figure as he seemed to get into just as much trouble as us, he went out of his way to keep our minds occupied and make the year go quickly. Duane taught me to ride, let me exercise and help take his horses. The horses he brought to stay were not just for him to train and race, they were ones that had been mistreated or unwanted. He brought Chariot pony’s and built a wagon for them so could ride with him and he took time out of almost every day showing up after the 4 of us got out of school, having coffee with Mom and telling us stories of his miss-spent youth. He was loud and over the top and will be remembered with love.

  6. Karrie Hammen & Sid Sebring purchased the Emerald Garden Basket for the family of Duane L. “Deke” Rodamaker.

  7. So sorry for your loss. May all of your great memories over the years help you through this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  8. So sorry to hear of your loss. Keeping your in our prayers. I am sure there are many memories shared between my mother, Millie Hutzell and your family. Keep the good memories of the years of love and happiness. Patty

  9. Sorry to hear of the loss of Deke. In the middle 70’s at the Townhouse in Nashua is where I learn all kind of funny stories that Deke shared. Memories forever. Linda and family you are in our prayers. Steve and Debi Liddle, Meriden, IA

  10. In remembering “Deke”, where does one start and end, but though all the roughness Deke was a giant of kindness in may ways. May his soul and spirit rest in peace and his family find comfort. Condolences to Linda and his family. Leonard Duenda Zwanziger

  11. I have many memories of Deke, a good friend of my dad’s. He used to laugh so hard any time old Polly the mean pony would roll while us kids were riding. Hope he and Dad aren’t causing too much trouble over on the other side! You all are in our prayers, especially Uncle Dave. :purple_heart:

  12. Sorry to hear of Deke’s passing. Oh the stories I heard from Denny about him & Deke growing up together. I imagine there were plenty of stories I will never hear about. The shenanigans they did together. They both had a love of horses & a special knack with breaking them to ride or drive. Well now they can carry on that friendship in Heaven. Cherish all the memories.

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