Maurice 'Smokey' Condon

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Maurice "Smokey" Condon, age 87, of Dunkerton, Iowa and formerly of New Hampton,IA died on Tuesday, July 5, 2011 at Cedar Valley Hospice Home in Waterloo. Maurice “Smokey” Condon was born on June 4, 1924 to John and Clara (Sweet) Condon in New Hampton, IA. He attended St. Joseph’s School in New Hampton. Smokey worked for several area businesses until he entered the U.S. Army in 1942. He served his country during WWII in the European Theater in the 17th Airborne Division. Smokey received the Purple Heart for the wounds he received in battle. After his honorable discharge, Smokey was employed by B&P Silo Company of New Hampton and Rausch Brothers Trucking of Ionia. He later was employed by Wilbert Vault Company in Waterloo. Smokey was married to Barbara Wells on May 17,1982. The couple made their home in Dunkerton, IA where Smokey has lived ever since. Smokey enjoyed playing Bingo, visiting relatives, Cubs baseball, and Hawkeye sports. He was a member of St. Francis Xavier Church-Barclay,the New Hampton American Legion Post #38 and the 17th Airborne Division Association. Smokey is survived by two brothers John Condon of New Hampton and Mike (Jane) Condon of Metuchen, New Jersey; several nieces and nephews and sister-in-law Pat (Dale) Cutsforth of Bell Vista, AR. He is preceded in death by his parents John and Clara Condon, wife Barbara, two sisters Helen Roths and Mary Coen; one brother James; and niece Pat Roths. Memorials: Memorials may be directed to Smokey's famiy. Cemetery: Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery at New Hampton. Military honors by the New Hampton American Legion Post #38 and the New Hampton VFW Post #5238. Visitation: Visitation will be 5:00-8:00pm on Monday, July 11, 2011 at Conway-Markham Funeral Home in New Hampton with a Scriptural Wake Service at 7:00pm and will continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Tuesday. Service: A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30am on Tuesday, July 12, 2011 at Holy Family Parish – St. Joseph’s Center in New Hampton with Father Mark Osterhaus celebrating mass.

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  1. I loved Smokey! When I think of Smokey, I have a smile on my face. He was so kind to me and my family. Living across from Smokey, Johnny and Clara was an experience most people don’t get with their neighbors. Our neighborhood was close-knit and we all looked out for each other. Smokey and Johnny were those kind of guys. They looked out for us girls and I always enjoyed talking with them. Smokey always had those wonderful creme drops as treats and every time I see them in the stores, I think of Smokey. They just don’t taste as good today as they did when Smokey gave them to me. I will miss Smokey, but I know that he is at peace without pain and illness and with his wife and family in heaven.
    Micki “Gilbert” Paulsen

  2. My Beloved Uncle Maurice has given me so many fond childhood memories. As soon as Jami and I came into Grandma’s house, he would pick us up until our heads touched the ceiling. He would have cracker jacks in the lazy susan for us. He loved to cook out, show us his sunflowers and he always called me “Sassy Cathy”. I have a box full of the notes he would send me on my Birthday and at Christmas. He is at peace today and I will miss him. Catt Cutsforth-August.

  3. Smokey was a great neighbor to have. We “Gilbert girls” would spend hours sitting on their front porch with Clara, Smokey, and Johnny..Smokey always had a treat or two for us! Johnny, Mike, Karen and family, you are all in our thoughts and prayers. We will never forget Smokey.

  4. Smokey was a man of good humor. Always smiling and with a kind word. He was a big sports fan and loved to talk basketball and baseball. He remembered everything, especially when NH teams won or when NH athletes went on to play in college. An unforgettable character who will forever be part of our memories.

  5. SMOOOKEEEY….That’s what I yelled everytime my dear friend came into my line of vision! He never got very far in his yard without me spotting him and going over to hang out with my buddy. I loved just sitting and talking, playing with their dog, and drinking Fresca. I was so happy when Smokey and Johnny came to my wedding and I was able to intoduce them to my husband (so he would know who i would talk about). I will cherish all the memories I have and continue to tell the stories of my “best” neighborhood friend growing up. He is in a beautiful place now. Thinking of you at your time of loss.

  6. So sorry to hear about Smokey passing, but now he can be with his beloved Barbara. I know he has missed her very much. To his immediate family, thank you for loaning him to the Wells family for all these years. He was the sweetest, nicest man I ever knew.

  7. I was saddened to learn that Maurice had passed away. We were first cousins and enjoyed growing up together and playing together as young children.. It has been a number of year since I’ve seen John and Mike but want them to know I’m thinking of them.

  8. Lori and family, So very sorry for your loss,We will be thinking of you at this time of sorrow.
    Sincerely, Jeff & Linda

  9. Karla and Family: Smokey has moved onto a better place where he will be free of pain and embrased by family, friends and neighbors (if you get my drift).
    Please know that we are thinking of you and your family with deepest sympathy.

  10. We are so sorry to hear about Maurice. Seems like he lived a full life. We are sure your family has many wonderful memories of him. At times like this the Bible comforts me so much. Jesus said in John 5:28&29 there would come a time when those in the memorial tombs would hear his voice and come out. This would also be at a time when Revelation 21:3&4 says there will be no more tears, pain or death. This would all happen when God’s Kingdom comes, the same kingdom that Jesus taught us to pray for in the Lord’s Prayer. What a wonderful prospect for Maurice and all those in the memorial tombs now. We express our deepest sympathy. We hope you find comfort in this time of loss.

  11. Uncle Maurice was a father to me when mine died. Is was the funny uncle. Lifted me to the ceiling, share a beer in the basement, bought me a great bike and hid cracker jacks when we’d visit. Times have been so tough on me this last year. Lost house and cars along with job. I couldn’t be home, to New Hampton for the funeral, but I hold the many memories, for Smokey was larger than life!!

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