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John H. Derga – Worthington

John H. Derga, 82, of Worthington, Iowa passed away Monday, April 5, 2021.

Visitation will be held 3-8 p.m., Monday, April 12 , 2021, at Kramer Funeral Home in Dyersville.  Visitation will continue from 8:45-9:45 a.m., Tuesday, at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services. Masks are required.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, April 13, 2021 at St. Paul Catholic Church in Worthington with burial in the church cemetery.  Rev. Tyler Raymond will officiate.

John was born January 31, 1939, in Hopkinton, Iowa the son of Albert and Marcella (Leyendecker) Derga.  He married Kathy Hanson on September 15, 1963 at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Dubuque.

From a very young age, John was dedicated to the land.  After many years of farming he retired. John, also worked 13 years at Scale Models in Dyersville.  After retiring from Scale Models, John decided to relax and spend more time with his wife and family.  However, John and relaxation went together like fire and ice. This is why he decided to return to cultivating the land by gardening and selling produce at Dyersville’s Farmer’s Market.  His radishes and green beans were top-notch.

Even though John was never one to sit still, once in a while he stopped to smell the roses by picking the flowers near his garden.  When John wasn’t gardening, he spent the remainder of his time with his family either by playing cards, hunting, golfing, fishing or simply chatting.  John made many great memories with his family and friends.

Survivors include his wife, Kathy, children: Jeffrey Derga of Worthington, Tim (Laura) Derga of Farley, Mary Kay (Jim) Lueck of Dyersville, LouAnn (Larry) Sellner of Earlville, Deb Derga of Dyersville, Angie (Jeff) Boge of Cascade, John (Janet) Derga of Dyersville, grandchildren: Justin Derga, Ashley Klein, Whitney, and Westin Derga, Megan Thole, Mitchell Lueck, Greg Frederick, Kim Sellner, Georgie Thurm, Ethan and Spencer Boge, great grandchildren: Skylar Klein, Owen Thole, Amelia Thurm, siblings: Alvera Weber of Manchester, Bernice Lansing of Dyersville, Grace Neuzil of Dyersville, Jane Hahn of Dyersville, a sister-in-law, Carol Derga of Racine, WI.

He was preceded in death by his parents, parents-in-law, Anna and Themert Hanson, siblings: Albert Leo Derga, Mary (Robert) Morris, in-laws: Dick Neuzil, Art Lansing, Ralph Weber, Herb Hahn, Rae Marie Hanson, Ron Letcher, Bob Meine, a nephew, Dennis Neuzil.

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