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Jack Gorman

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Jack E. Gorman age 87 of New Hampton, IA, died Saturday, December 1, 2018, at New Hampton Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 a.m. Thursday, December 6, 2018, at Holy Family Parish, New Hampton with Rev. Brian Dellaert celebrating the Mass. Interment will be at a later date. His six children will serve as pallbearers and the New Hampton Lions Club will be honorary pallbearers. Friends may greet the family 3:00 - 7:00 p.m. Wednesday at the Hugeback - Johnson Funeral Home in New Hampton where there will be a 6:30 p.m. parish scripture service. Visitation continues an hour prior to the Mass at the church on Thursday. If so desired, memorials may be made to the Family of Jack Gorman - c/o Hugeback-Johnson Funeral Home 101 W. Main St. PO Box 150, New Hampton, IA 50659 Jack Everett Gorman was born January 24, 1931, the son of Frank and Velora (Keegan) Gorman. He attended country school and was a 1948 graduate of the New Hampton High School. Despite this formal education, Jack would say he went to ‘the school of hard knocks’. Jack served in the United States Navy from January 1949 - January 1950 and was honorably discharged. He then came back to New Hampton and met the love of his life, Betty Denner. The couple was married on June 25, 1955 at St. Joseph Catholic Church and to this union six children were born. Jack began working as a plumber for Barnett and Markle and in 1957 began a partnership owning and operating S & S Firestone. In 1985 he moved to Hanson Tire retiring in 2002. In his retirement he helped as an assistant and driver for the Hugeback-Johnson Funeral Home. Jack spent a large portion of his life dedicated to service and helping others make New Hampton a better place to live. Jack didn’t just participate in an endeavor, he would ‘take the bulls by the horns’ and get things done. He was a 50 year member of the New Hampton Lion’s Club where he served in numerous positions, the New Hampton Park and Rec. Board, the City Board of Adjustments, was Assistant Fire Chief to longtime Chief, Pete Willadsen, a long time member and committee chair at the New Hampton Golf and Country Club, a life-long member of Holy Family Parish serving in many capacities and a long time member and Board Member of the New Hampton High School Booster Club. He and Betty were the named the first, “Parents of the Year” by the support given to the University of Northern Iowa. The couple also bowled for many years and Jack served as secretary. In the last years, Jack became active with the New Hampton Community Players having a role in every performance and adding his own unique twist to his parts. Every summer since 1967, he treated his family to a fishing trip at Leech Lake, MN. Each year his entire family was invited and based on the schedules of all his children and grandchildren, the event just got bigger and bigger. He will be dearly missed by his family and those who knew him. Jack is survived by his wife of 63 years, Betty; three daughters, Barb Gorman (Jeff Spreen) of Black Earth, WI, Bev (Troy) Coody of Longmont, CO and Karen (Rick) Clemens of New Hampton; three sons, Tom (Lisa) Gorman of Rosemount, MN; Mike Gorman, Jim (Janet) Gorman all of New Hampton; nineteen grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; one brother, Merle (Dolly) Gorman of New Hampton; two sisters, Mary (Dave) Sweet of Decorah and Joan Gorman Porche of Olympia Fields, IL. He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Gene Gorman, Morley & Patsy Gorman in infancy; one sister, Nancy Eaton.

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  1. Our thoughts and prayers for you Betty and family. Our memories of Jack go back a long ways. He was a great boss when Howard worked for him and we had great times together. May he rest in peace and give his family time to look back on all their great times together. Love you all.

  2. Betty and Family I always enjoyed seeing Jack at various community events, especially Chickasaw activities. Prayers to all of you.

  3. Sympathy and prayers to you, Betty and your family during this time of grieving Jack. He will be missed by all who knew him! God bless each of you! Lance and Jan

  4. R. I. P. Jack. You taught us all to be kind, gentle and to have a humble walk of life. You lived the Lion’s motto: “We Serve.” I had a great time in the community plays with you. Love and comfort to you and yours Betty.

  5. Betty and family, our sympathy on the loss of your loved husband, father, and grandpa. Will always remember his humor and his part in community theatre. Keep sharing your memories.

  6. Betty, You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers . Jack truly was a man of stature both physical and spiritual , his life was lived with a presence that will live on in our minds and many others. Our sympathy. Mike and Joyce Lowe

  7. Such a great guy, he will be greatly missed by all who knew him. May the thoughts and prayers of so many help in this difficult time.

  8. We extend our deepest sympathy to Betty and the entire family. I so enjoyed working with Jack in a few
    of the plays held in New Hampton. His support and leadership in New Hampton was amazing and will
    be missed. Hold all those memories close. Sincerely, David and Terry Utterback

  9. Betty, our condolences to you and your family. It’s tough losing them but they are in a better place. My prayers are with you. Orla Wiley

  10. Dear Betty,
    Dave and I send our sympathy to you and your family. Sorry for your families great loss.
    Dave and Sandy Jaschen

  11. Betty and Family We want to express our deepest sympathy to all for the loss of Jack. Be comforted by the Grace of our Lord. Letting the Arms of Jesus surround you at this time. Gerald and Judy

  12. Betty & family, my deepest sympathy to you all. As a neighbor for years and talking with Jack at the bank, I always enjoyed visiting with him. Hold those wonderful memories close. Our sympathy, Paul & Colleen Kruger

  13. Truly a great person and former boss of mine. He always made time to talk about things going on and ways to better them. May he be with the lord in Heaven!

  14. Betty and Family we are so sorry to hear of your loss.Our prayer and sympathy are with all of your family.
    Tom and Marian Gebel

  15. Betty and family, Our deepest sympathy to all of you. Remembering all the great memories of Uncle Jack throughout the years. He will be dearly missed! Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Tim and Linda Gorman

  16. My sympathy to Betty and Bev and your families. I enjoyed you Bev as a classmate and you Betty as a co-worker at the bank. Thinking of you. Brenda Schuchhardt-Elsbernd.

  17. Dear Betty and family: My sympathy to all of you in the loss of your husband and their father. My prayers for you all.

  18. Sorry to see the passing of Jack on- line as I now live in Texas. I remember Jack as a person who gave a young man a great summer job at Firestone delivering tires all over eastern Iowa in 1967. He always had a word of encouragement for me and was a terrific boss to all. Prayer for a life well lived.

  19. Jack was a nice man with many friends. He worked hard, but enjoyed life along the way golfing, fishing and in Lions Club. As his junior, Jack set a good example for my generation of younger businessmen.

    He and Betty raised a great family of children to carry on his legacy and he will be missed by many. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

    Dan Feuling

  20. I am so sorry for your loss. Please accept my sincere condolences. May you find a measure of comfort knowing that very soon God promises to end suffering and also “death will be no more”. (Revelation 21:3,4) http://www.jw.org

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