Thomas E DeHart

  • Born: February 3, 1938
  • Died: June 6, 2019
  • Location: Ankeny, Iowa

Memorial Services of Iowa

4208 North Ankeny Blvd.
Ankeny, IA 50023
Tel. (515) 964-0592

Tribute & Message From The Family

Thomas E. DeHart, 81, of Ankeny, IA passed away peacefully on June 6, 2019 at home.

A memorial service will be held 2:00 p.m., Saturday, June 15, 2019 at Ankeny Memorial Gardens. A visitation will be held 1 hour prior to the service.

He was born in Iowa City, IA on February 3, 1938 and adopted by Thomas Edison DeHart and Helen (Ketcham) DeHart. Tom graduated from Roosevelt High School in Des Moines, IA in 1956 and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from Iowa State University in 1962. He also attended Wentworth Military Academy. He was married to Jo Elaine (McIntosh) DeHart October 12, 1963, and they lived together in Iowa and Oregon.

Tom enlisted and served in the Army Reserves, and then began a long career working with insurance liability claims for over 38 years. In his free time he enjoyed a variety of activities with family and friends: golfing, playing cards, white-water rafting, fishing, camping, hunting, and telling stories. He was quick witted, and liked amusing retorts. He will be greatly missed.

He is survived by his wife Jo of Ankeny, IA; son Thomas Eli (Kirsten) DeHart of Hailey, ID; daughter Jennifer (DeVon) Yoder of Iowa City, IA; and grandchildren Blake DeHart, Paige DeHart, and Seth Yoder.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

In lieu of flowers, the family request donations for Ankeny Presbyterian Church and St. Croix Hospice of Ankeny.


Condolence & Memory Journal

This news is a terrible shock. . Figured Tom would always be laughing through life. Worked in the word processing dept. at Wausau Insurance so I knew him and we always enjoyed his laughter and great humor. I am just so sorry to learn of his passingk. kHe was a great friend. I will be letting others in the Portland region know about this as well. We just lost Don Schaller recently too.

Blessings to all your famkily.

Pat Hicks

Posted by Pay Hicks - Portland, OR   June 18, 2019

I'm so sorry to hear of Tom's passing. My condolences go out to the DeHarts family, relatives & friends...God bless.

Posted by Dustin Burner    June 15, 2019

I golfed with Tom at Juiper. He was such a fine gentleman. I always enjoyed visiting with him. You have my sincere sympathy.

Posted by JOHN Severson - Redmond, OR - Friend   June 09, 2019

We were great friends in high school and loved our Oldsmobile V8 cars. We drag raced on the street in front of Nancy Sherwood's house (don't remember the name of the street) and Tom won with his '49 or '50 Olds coupe against my '52 Olds 88 convertible. And we always had fun doing our hand formed ocarinas!

Posted by Jerome (Jerry) Chaffee - Marion, IA - Friend   June 08, 2019

I knew Jo when she was a little girl and her father worked on our farm. He was a hard worker and was a champion corn husker. I was quite a bit older so only knew Jo and her brothr, John, when they were small children. I reconneced with thm a few years ago at the 2017 Madrid High School reunion. I only met Tom at this time and it was so great to see Jo again as an adult. I did my student teaching at Roosevelt High School while attending Drake University, so Tom was there at the same time although I never knew him. then. I joined the Army in 1954 and was sent to Ft. Bliss in Texas. After the service we moved to Colorado and have been there ever since. I am so sad for Jo. I hope everyone in Iowa takes good care of her.

Posted by Derald Hoffman - Castle Rock, CO - Friend   June 08, 2019

I was with Tom on the day he made a hole-in-one at Juniper GC in Redmond OR. Due to the terrain of the green we could not see the ball go in the hole but we knew it should be close. I got to the green before Tom, and as I walked past the hole I saw his golf ball resting at the bottom of the cup. I never paused, I just kept walking to the back of the green and pointed down the slope as though I saw Tom's ball. Of course Tom got to the green carrying a bunch of clubs and headed off to the back to play his next shot. He stopped, looked around and then asked me where his ball was. I then laughed and told Tom that his ball was in the hole. He laughed and then called me a certain name proceeded by a strong expletive. Tom was always a joy to have in the foursome and he was truly missed when he moved to IA. I kept in touch with Tom via emails and always enjoyed the jokes he would send.

Posted by Patrick Rogers - Redmond, OR - Friend   June 08, 2019

Tom and I grew up across the street from each other on SW 42 and attended Rooselvelt. I graduated in 1955. We played many rounds of golf together. While our paths took different directions, we did stay in touch over the years.
Fair winds and following seas my friend.

Posted by Jerry Jones - Lebanon, IN - Family Friend   June 08, 2019