- August 25, 2022
Harry Dehl, 69, died surrounded by family on Monday, Aug. 22, 2022 at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.
There will be a celebration of Harry’s life at 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, at his home at 50 E. Zeller St., North Liberty, Iowa. In keeping with family tradition, the gathering will be a potluck style family dinner.
Harry was born on July 17, 1953, in Waterloo, Iowa, the son of Morris and Faye (Ferguson) Dehl. His grandparents raised him in McGregor, Iowa. He was a 1971 graduate of Mar-Mac High School.
Harry married Elizabeth Miller on Nov. 30, 1974, in Prairie Du Chien, Wis. They had three children and later divorced.
Harry worked for Agri Marketing for over 25 years and captained the Meeker Landing grain elevator through the Flood of 1993. He also worked for Waste Management. Harry’s most important job, however, was the full-time role of father and grandfather after his early retirement.
He was one of Jehovah’s Witnesses.
Harry leaves a last legacy of love for his daughter, Emily Dehl of North Liberty; daughter, Jessica (Dan) Williams of North Liberty and children, Olivia, Jackson and Eliana; and son, Jacob (Mindy) Dehl of Fairfield and children, Bailey, Carter and Maya. Harry is also survived by a chosen family.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Robert.
Harry was an avid Packers and Brewers fan. He was known for his hilarious and terrible Dad jokes. Harry made friends everywhere he went. He was devoted to his family and spent the last ten years of his life as a full-time grandpa–providing childcare, teaching the teenagers to drive, and handing out candy and cash. He kept his daughters fully caffeinated with his signature coffee delivery service and will be sorely missed by the staff at Dunkin Donuts. Harry single handedly kept Groupon in business.
Living with chronic illness gave Harry and his family the gift of time and appreciation for what matters the most. There are no things left undone. Vacations were taken, the bucket list is complete, and Family Dinners are now a solid family tradition. His work on this earth is done. His family will love and miss him forever.
Harry would also like everyone to know that The Bears Still Suck.
Online condolences and memories may be shared at www.lensingfuneral.com.