Joe DeBlauw
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Joe DeBlauw, age 101 of Crofton, Nebraska died on Thursday, February 06, 2014 at Sister James Nursing Home in Yankton, SD.

Mass of Christian Burial will be on Monday, February 10, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Crofton with the Rev. Michael Schmitz officiating. Burial will be at St. Rose Cemetery in Crofton. Visitation will be on Sunday at the Wintz Funeral Home in Crofton, NE from 5-8:00 p.m. with a vigil service at 7:00 p.m. Visitation will continue on Monday at church one hour prior to services.

Pallbearers will be Jim Beideck, Dan Beideck, Bob Scherschligt, Todd Harris, Rey Sias, Adam Sawatzke, Alex Sawatzke, Luke DeBlauw, Ben DeBlauw, and Mike DeBlauw.

Honorary pallbearers will be Joe's grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Joe R. DeBlauw was born on April 28, 1912 in LeMars, Iowa to Gerrit and Anna (Reisch) DeBlauw. He grew up in Crofton and then moved to Buffalo, NY in 1935 to work in a bakery. He came back to Crofton in 1936 and worked for several area farmers. Joe married Adelaide E. Steffen on March 30, 1937 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Constance, NE by Father Latsch. Joe farmed thru the years until he retired and moved into Crofton in 1983. Joe was a woodworker and he continued this hobby during his retirement years. Joe still mowed his yard at age 93 with a push mower. In 2006 he and Adelaide moved to Majestic Bluffs independent living in Yankton, SD and later moved into Sister James Care Center in 2011. Joe and Adelaide lived life to the fullest and Joe's motto was, "What is is!"

Joe was a member of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, served as a church trustee, and was a member of the Catholic Order of Foresters. He also was a board member for the Crofton Public School. Joe loved to play cards with Adelaide and their family and friends. He played baseball in his younger years for the Constance Team as a first baseman. He was known for the longest home run shot ever over the center field fence at a Farmers and Merchants baseball game in Crofton. Joe later umpired many baseball games.

He is survived by his six children and their spouses, Robert and Dee DeBlauw of Englewood, CO, Joleen and John Beideck of Omaha, NE, Sheryl and Richard Scherschligt of Champaign, IL, Irma and Allan Arens of Crofton, NE, Marina and Roger Sawatzke of Council Bluffs, IA, Gary and Linda DeBlauw of Crofton; 15 grandchildren; 24 great grandchildren; 2 step great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Joe was preceded in death by his parents, wife Adelaide on August 3, 2012 at the age of 97 years; six brothers and sisters and their spouses, Martin and Dorothy DeBlauw, Veronica and Hank Guenther, Pete and Ann DeBlauw, Lou and Catherine DeBlauw, Marie DeBlauw, Tony and Irene DeBlauw.




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You have our deepest sympathy. We thoroughly enjoyed the trip we took together to Colorado years ago. They were such a neat couple. We enjoyed when he would come down to visit while Adelaide was at the wellness center and all the black walnuts he picked out. We still have the signs he made for us. He will be greatly missed.

Cyril and Laverta Mauch


OUR DEEPEST SYMPATHY GOES OUT TO THE FAMILY AT THEIR LOSS OF THEIR FATHER, JOE. OUR PRAYERS AND THOUGHTS ARE WITH YOU AT THIS TIME. WE ALWAYS ENJOYED VISITING WITH JOE AND WIFE WHEN THEY WOULD STOP IN TO WIEBLEHAUSE'S FOR COFFEE WITH THEIR "CRONIES" WHEN EVER WE WOULD BE IN CROFTON TO SEE OUR FOLKS MINNIE AND CHET RISSLER. I THINK JOE IS THE LAST PARENT OF OUR GRADUATION CLASS OF 1958. HE WILL BE DEEPLY MISSED BY FAMILY AND FRIENDS.

MARCIA & BOB RISSLER


Please accept my condolences on your loss. I believe my dad and Joe were friends when they were young.

Darrell Reifenrath


I'm so sorry for your loss. I used to work at Majestic Bluffs in Assisted living & Independant Living. I had the privilage of knowing him & his wife. I gave him a kiss on his forehead. And hugged them both.

Linda Gorham


Irma, Allan and extended family - Your dad was a blessing - what a great example of husband, father and all around good guy. I know my mom and dad thought a lot of him and Adelaide....I hope they are all enjoying a good game of cards.

Kathy & Jay Magorian


Your dad sounds like a remarkable man.--a great legacy for your family.

Jane Patterson


MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH ALL OF YOU. MAY THE PEACE OF GOD COMFORT YOU.

Leon Steffen (GIB'S SON)


When I heard of Joe's passing the other day we were saddened and yet we imagine he has done everything in his live that he wanted to do. He was always a truly remarkable man and uncle and a great example to all his family and friends. We will keep him and all his family in our prayers.

Dave and Emma Lou DeBlauw


The Joe & Kate Hansen family extend our sypathy. God Bless.

Mark Hansen


Our Dads were both great examples to their families and communities of men with great character. We are all going to miss their sharp minds and kind hearts. I am glad God took them to himself in a peaceful way. I am sure they were celebrating together in heaven as we celebrated their lives on earth with so many friends and family

Ed and Mary (Steffen) Sanders


I'm so sorry for your loss. I can't even imagine your pain. You can be sure God feels your pain. Isaiah 25:8 tells us: "He will swallow up death forever, and the Sovereign Lord Jehovah will wipe away the tears from all faces." Jesus' promise of the resurrection is comforting as well (John 5:28,29). I hope these verses bring you some comfort as you endure.

Scott Smith


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