John Geerts

john geerts
John P. Geerts, age 66, of North Washington, IA passed away on Sunday, May 10, 2020 his family by his side. A private Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 AM on Friday, May 15, 2020 at Immaculate Conception Church in North Washington with Father Brian Dellaert celebrating. PLEASE JOIN THE FAMILY FRIDAY, MAY 15, AT 10:30 AM. VIA FACEBOOK LIVE ON THE CONWAY-MARKHAM FUNERAL HOME FACEBOOK PAGE. Burial will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery in North Washington. To maintain social distancing guidelines, the family invites friends and family to participate in a rolling visitation at Conway-Markham Funeral Home on Thursday, May 14, 2020 from the hours of 3:00-7:00 PM. There will be a private scriptural wake service at 7:00 PM. A private visitation will continue at the church one hour prior to the funeral mass. Online condolences may be left at Memorials may be directed to the family. John Patrick was born October 10, 1953, the son of Louis and Katherine (Smith) Geerts. John’s career in the plumbing and HVAC industry began at a young age. While in school, John also maintained the hospital grounds. He attended and graduated from New Hampton High School in 1971. After John completed his education, he continued to work for Mercy Hospital until he went to Beatrice Cheese and then to Geerts Plumbing and Heating. On July 24, 1982, John was united in marriage to Rita Kreeger at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in New Hampton. The couple made their home in North Washington and blended their family as one. They welcomed their children, Patrick, Sarah, Chris, Justin, Nathan and Tim. John was active in the New Hampton community teaching hunter’s Education for over 45 years, and an active member of the Jaycees. He was an avid outdoorsman, and enjoyed hunting, fishing, and riding his motorcycle. John also enjoyed bowling. John’s pride and joy was his family, he looked forward to attending their sporting events every chance he got. He was always ready to lend a helping hand and will be forever remembered for his warm smile, kind heart and, “needless to say”, his long detailed stories. Those left to cherish his memories are his wife, Rita Geerts of North Washington; his children, Patrick (Jodi) Geerts of New Hampton, Sarah Bluhm of North Washington, Chris Bluhm of New Hampton, Justin (Jen) Geerts of North Washington, Nathan (Nicolette) Geerts of Georgia, and Tim (Bonita) Geerts of Floyd, IA; his grandchildren, Noah, Blake, Austin, Brittney, Jesse, Sheyanne, Lowen, Dalton, Keaton, Maximus, Aurora, Liorra, Ethan, Athea, and Archer; two great-grandchildren, Hayes and Beckett; his siblings, Ted Geerts of New Hampton, Margaret Harn of Waterloo, IA, Mike (Katie) Geerts of New Hampton and Steve Geerts, also of New Hampton; his sisters-in-law, Helen Geerts of North Washington and Susan Geerts of New Hampton; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and extended family. He was preceded in death by his parents; his granddaughter, Stacey Cano; his siblings, Bernard and Tom; and sisters-in-law, Nita and Ronnie Geerts.

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  1. From working at Beatrice Cheese with John and having him and his family as neighbors for many years, John will be remembered for his infectious smile and kind words for everyone! We will sure miss him popping over for a quick beer then hurrying home cuz he was always busy doing something and also seeing him next door mowing the lawn. He was an amazing man and will be dearly missed! You are in our thoughts Rita and family.

  2. May the memories of your loved one, John console you in the days ahead. He was a great man and cousin. Many a memory when he stayed at the farm. Always a smile and a laugh that will be missed. All our thoughts and prayers to his family. Jeanne and David Roder

  3. My deepest sympathies to all of the family. May you find peace in the memories you created and the time you had with John.

  4. My sincere sympathy to the whole Geerts Family. I have know John and all of his siblings my entire life. We all grew up together like siblings. May God comfort all of you during this sad time. Always remember the fun times and the good times, because you know that is what John would want. Many Blessings to all of you, MaryAnn Onken Diesburg

  5. Rita and family, so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. Dena and Zac Palmer and Dean Speicher

  6. Rita, so sorry for you and the kids with a loss of a wonderful man. A memory from Stacy and Rose. They were in jr. High, wanted to hang out. We ask Rose who the parents were, she said I dont know! I’m sure you guys asked Stacy, same thing I’m sure. Til John came to our house in AV nd brought Rose home. Lol Leon told the girls John was his cousin. They were friends ever since. We are here for you and the family.

  7. Sympathies to the family of John. He was a special kind of guy with always a smile. Cherish your memories and hold them tight.

  8. Deepest condolences to the entire Geerts family. I got to meet John once during fall harvest in North Washington. He was a nice and funny guy.

  9. Extending our deepest sympathy to John’s family. He was such a friendly guy. May he Rest In Peace. Bob and Peg Brummond

  10. Our deepest sympathy to Rita and family. John was one of a kind and will be remembered for his kind smile and his stories. Rest In Peace John. Ron and Kris Markham

  11. Rest easy John. You have fought a brave & courageous fight. Rita, our thoughts and prayers are with you & your family during this sad time. We are here for you if you need anything. Kristy & Kevin Kirkus

  12. Rita and family, Our sympathy to all of you. Dave and I are so sorry for your loss. John was always so friendly with a huge smile. I haven’t seen you for a while Rita but remember wonderful times bowling together. You and John had a special relationship and I know you will miss him dearly. Sending you our love. Sandy and Dave Jaschen

  13. This is so sad to hear. He was so young. Remember all the good times and they help make it easier and time. He was a GREAT guy.He was so friendly and kind. He will be missed. My sympathy goes out to the family. Thoughts and HUGS your way!

  14. Very sad to hear of John’s passing, he was a kind and giving soul, a friend to many. Sympathies to the entire Geerts Family. Glenn Nystel

  15. My deepest condolences to the Geerts family. I think every time I saw John he had that grin on his face and was ready to tell you the latest story. He was such a nice guy and will be missed by many. God’s blessings and peace to you all.

  16. Rita and family–John was an amazing friend. We enjoyed him at the bowling alley and Rita keep on Rolling the bowling ball. We love you. Maxine Skoda and family.

  17. To All the Greets Family, We want to extend our sympathy for this loss in your Family, May you let Jesus hold you and keep you during this time of grief.

  18. I’ve known John on and off for years. He did a lot of fishing with my brother Mike. The two were almost inseparable and they always amaze me on how they could just chatter on about anything. Last year was probably my favorite. I found them in the garage and they were sitting on my knee scooters, I had to have them for post-surgery on my foot. Anyway, they’re sitting on these knee scooters and ended up having a race a couple of times down my driveway. I have the video and it’s a stitch. he always liked hanging around with my brother’s, They always had a great time. He was an amazing human being. He will be greatly missed . My heart goes out to his family and I know my brother Mike will probably never be the same without him. Rest well my friend.

  19. John was a beautiful person. Always had a smile on his face when ever you met him. He was a very special person. And a friend to everyone. Our deepest sympathy to the family. Donnie & Delores Knutson

  20. Rita and all the family. Our deepest sympathy to you all. John always had a great smile and loved to listen to his stories. He will be deeply missed. God bless you all❤️ Simone and Tom Schmitt

  21. Rita and family, our deepest sympathy. I always enjoyed the conversations we had when I would see him where I work. Nancy & Chuck Glaser

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