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James P. Deutmeyer – Guttenberg

James P. Deutmeyer of Guttenberg, Iowa passed away September 3, 2022, after a battle with cancer.

Iowa Cremation is in charge of his final care. A celebration of life for Jim’s friends and family will be held at a later date. Burial will be in the St. Peter & Paul cemetery.

Jim, also known as Dixie, was born August 30, 1949, in Dyersville, IA. He came as an anniversary day gift to Laverne and Germaine (Engelken) Deutmeyer. He was raised on the family farm in Petersburg. He attended St. Boniface High School until it’s closure. He finished his senior year with the first graduating class at Beckman High School in 1967. He married Mary Ellen Every November 29, 1969. Together they farmed north of Luxemburg and raised their five children. They later divorced but remained friends.  After years doing his life’s calling on the farm, Jim moved to Guttenberg bringing him closer to the river and fishing. While out for a night with his daughters, he met his future fishing and dancing partner, Paula Meeker Walters. They married July 2, 2004 and enjoyed life together until his passing. He worked at Meuser Lumber until his retirement.

Jim loved to enjoy life and is known to have given Germaine a few gray hairs while out enjoying shenanigans with his brothers Duane and Dan. With a fun-loving and positive spirit, he made many lifelong friends along the way. He had a great passion for dancing, and he loved to fish. He loved the game of baseball, instilled while playing nightly games in the yard with his siblings on the home farm. With Laverne as his coach, he played for Petersburg youth teams in the early years and then played softball for the Petersburg Feed Mill team. He was an avid Chicago White Sox and Chicago Bears fan. One of his best memories was watching his Sox win the first MLB game held at the Field of Dreams with his brother John.

Jim will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. He was most proud of his family. He is survived by his wife Paula; his children: Chad & Diane Deutmeyer of Earlville, Lora & Jay Gaul of New Vienna, Niki & Shawn Burchard of Dyersville, Matt & Tiffinni Deutmeyer of Dyersville, Crystal and Johahn Marmaduke of Rib Lake, WI; grandchildren: Danielle (Jordan) Burke, Eric, Katilyn & Anna Deutmeyer, Taylor (Dan) and Bailey Benn, Jack & Molly Gaul, Levi, Austin, Ryan & Logan Burchard, Morgan & Emily Deutmeyer, Mason, Aedan & Lilianna Marmaduke; his beloved great-granddaughters Evelyn & Ella Burke; step-grandchildren: Douglas & Angela Gaul, Jonathon Marmaduke (daughter Hilaria); his siblings: Carol Steger, John (Ruth) Deutmeyer, Pat (Allen) Willenbring, Dan (Linda) Deutmeyer, Duane (Jennifer) Deutmeyer, Ron Deutmeyer, Gloria (Terry) Bockenstedt, Gary (Julie) Deutmeyer, Terry (Janell) Deutmeyer, Sherry (Dean) Digmann, Michelle Deutmeyer; his first wife Mary (Kenny) Lahr; in-laws: Steve(MaryAnn) Every, Chuck (Vicki) Every, Becky (Tom) Forkenbrock; Paula’s children: Jeremy, Kim, Tina, Abby & Amy.

He was preceded in death by his parents; stillborn sibling, Scott; his brothers-in-law, Charles Steger, Scott Slattery, Tom Every; Mary’s parents, Donald & Eula Every, and Paula’s parents.

The family would like to extend their gratitude to the staff at the Dubuque Cancer Clinic and St. Croix Hospice for their care and compassion during Jim’s battle. We would also like to thank his family and friends who have been there for support through his final months; especially his fishing buddies Ron Hillers and Dean Boeckenstedt and high school friend Gerry Wegmann.

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