July 15, 1935 ~ February 26, 2015
Jon K. Hapgood, age 79 of Parkersburg, IA formerly of New Hampton, IA passed away on Thursday, February 26, 2015 at Franklin General Hospital in Hampton, IA. Jon Kent Hapgood was born July 15, 1935 to Frank and Nadine (Hils) Hapgood in Cedar Rapids, IA. He attended and graduated from Blairstown High School. Upon completing his high school career Jon entered into the United States Army and served his country in the Korean War. He received his honorable discharge in 1955. After returning home, Jon worked in sales in Waterloo, IA. On November 30, 1957, he was united in marriage to Norma Jean Gordon at Faith Lutheran Church in Waterloo. The couple made their home in Chicago, IL where Jon attended and graduated from Worsham College of Mortuary Science. He worked as a funeral director in Arizona and Colorado for over 20 years before the couple and their family returned to the Midwest. He then worked in several different sales positions throughout Minnesota, North Dakota and finally settling in Iowa. He was also a sports columnist for the Jesup Citizen Herald and the Denver Forum; writing his final sports article on February 16, 2015. Jon was a member of the Jesup American Legion Post #311; and was very active in the communities in which he and Norma called home. Jon is survived by his wife, Norma Hapgood of Parkersburg, IA; his children, Joby (Kim) Hapgood of Thornton, IA; Darby Hapgood of Colorado Springs, CO and Jonette (Kurtis) Dreger of Claremont, FL; his grandchildren, Jessica Hapgood, Jon N. Hapgood, Taylor Hapgood, Kryssiah Felton, Jayde Hapgood, and Tory and Tyler Dreger; his step grandchildren, Stacy (David) Bowers, and Benjamin and Gabrielle Dirksen; two great-grandchildren; his siblings, Gregory (Nancy) Hapgood of Marion, IA, Harriette (Randy) Roberts of Tucson, AZ and Corey (Donna) Hapgood of Marion, IA and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; his grandson, Joby Hapgood II and his brother, Richard Hapgood.
Jon was an active member of the New Hampton Rotary Club when he lived here and was always fun to visit with. Blessings to his family. Kris Markham
My heart goes out to those closest to Jon,may God give you comfort and peace.
When I met Jon I was living in Fargo, North Dakota. Jon took a job in Aurora, Colorado and he convinced me to move there with my family in 1978 .We worked at the same Chevrolet dealership for a short time. He was in sales and I was a mechanic. My wife Judy knew Jon and Norma before we met. After Jon moved to Colorado Springs and then to Iowa we sort of lost track of them. My wife passed from cancer this past October leaving me alone in North Dakota where we returned back to in2001. He will be missed. Rest in peace Jon.
Jon was a real favorite of mine. He was a tremendous reporter for the sports at Don Bosco. I always told the Citizen Herald of Jesup Iowa the only reason I renewed my subscription was because of his coverage. I missed his reprting this past Winter season. I really enjoyed my visits with him and his ever present wife.The family has my sympathy and Prayers. He will be missed.
Wanted the family to know I was thinking of them. We were friends back in school.
I was from Newhall. J’Andrea Kolsto Gibney
Jon and I started school together and not only was he was a good friend the two or three years we were in school together. In sixth grade my family moved to Mechanicsville and I once again joined him in the classroom. Although I have not seen him, I have seen Gregg on occasion and have caught up on what Jon was doing. It can be such a small world, when my granddaughter was at UNI she was in a clothing store and Jon found out where she was from and ask her if she knew me. Jon was a very outgoing person a d easy to talk too and I know he will be missed. Blessings to the family and know I care. Jo Ann Thumma Pearson, Mechanicsville
Jon was an active Chickasaw County Republican and lead our group passionately. He eloquently introduced candidates and sought out good information to share. He will be missed. Blessings to his family. Jill Eike
We met Jon & Norma at a high school sporting event. We believe it was a DB football game! Jon always had a passion for covering all sports for DB and surrounding schools. They rarely missed an event; taking pictures and writing wonderful articles about the activities and the players. Even the fans at times 🙂
Since those days and over the years, Jon has always been a true friend. He is kind and intelligent man, who has always given of his wonderful self. Tom will certainly miss his talks with him.
Love, hugs and prayers to Norma and family,
Tom & Ann Kettman
Our sympathy goes out to Jon’s entire family. He was such a wonderful man. My husband was the boys basketball coach for Bosco for many years. Jon was always on top of covering every game. We always appreciated all of his time but you could tell he loved it. He will be missed! Brenda Schares
Norma, I was saddened to see John’s obit in the W’loo paper. My condolences to you and the kids. Jon was always a favorite of mine, loved his sense of humor, his ready smile and his ability to jitter-bug with me at the concert. He led a full life and enjoyed it fully. Jon will be remembered for years to come by all of us. My love to you – Zoe Ann