In loving memory of

John H. "Jack" Gavin
May 4, 1928 - February 24, 2019

John H. "Jack" Gavin, 90, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Sunday afternoon, February 24, 2019, at Unity Point Finley Hospital in Dubuque, Iowa.

A funeral mass celebrating "Jack's" life will be held at 11 A.M., Friday, March 1, 2019, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M., Thursday, February 28, 2019, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, and again after 10 A.M. Friday at the church. A 6:45 P.M. Rosary will be recited on Thursday at the funeral home. Burial will be at the Sacred Heart Cemetery, Maquoketa, with military honors.

John Herman Gavin was born on May 4, 1928 in Cascade, Iowa, to Leo and Florabel (Klinkner) Gavin. He grew up and attended school in in the Temple Hill area prior to entering the military. He was a Korean War veteran of the U.S. Army earning an honorable discharge. He married Beatrice C. Bormann on May 30, 1964 in Springbrook, Iowa. Five children were born to this union, Marla, Susan, Robert, Joel and Jason.

Upon receiving his honorable discharge, "Jack" moved to Maquoketa where he worked as a short order cook at the Tango Supper Club in Maquoketa for a couple of years. He retired after a 30-year career with Rotman Motor Company in Maquoketa where he worked as an autobody repairman. In retirement, he worked for RonAnn's Floral Shoppe in Maquoketa as a deliveryman.

"Jack" was a member of the Maquoketa American Legion Post #75, and the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Maquoketa. He was an avid Chicago Cubs and Maquoketa Cardinal fan, enjoyed visiting area casinos, latch hooking, and most importantly spending time with his family and attending his grandchildren's activities.

Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Beatrice Gavin of Maquoketa, IA; his children, Marla (Daniel "Boone") Naeve of Clinton, IA, Susan (Tim) Meier of Cuba City, WI, Bob (Jennifer) Gavin of Maquoketa, IA, Joel (and fiancé Renee) of West Burlington, IA, and Jason (Wendy) Gavin of North Liberty, IA; 9 grandchildren, Allyson Naeve, Isaac, Abe and Sami Meier, Liz and Zac Gavin, Jonathan and Joshua Gavin, and Corissa Gavin; a brother David (Lois) Gavin of Bernard, IA; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Oscar, Justin and Thomas, and sisters LaVonne and Arlene.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a John H. "Jack" Gavin memorial fund has been established.

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richard e stimmel wrote on Mar 4, 2019:

"Bob and family sorry for your loss heaven just gained another cubs fan go cubs go "

James Riggs wrote on Mar 4, 2019:

"To the Gavin Family. I am saddened by the passing of your dad. He was a true inspiration for alot of people I am sure. Prayers to all of you in this time of sorrow. You all were like a second family to me."

Adrian & Bonnie Browne wrote on Feb 28, 2019:

"To the Gavin family, so sorry to hear the news of Jacks passing. He was such a wonderful man. Always smiling and happy. Another loss for the whole community. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you."

Greg Daniels wrote on Feb 27, 2019:

"Bob & Jennifer , so sorry to hear the passing of Jack ! Great man with a great smile ! God Bless"

Patsy Krantz wrote on Feb 27, 2019:

"To Bea and family My deepest sympathy. Always enjoyed visiting with you folks whenever we would meet. Cherish the Love shared and the Memories made for these keep our Loved ones with us forever in our hearts."

Angel Schiffer wrote on Feb 27, 2019:

"My deepest sympathy to all of Jack's loved ones. His smile, laughter, character, and soul will be missed in our community! His light is now shining bright in Heaven. God's peace be with you all."

Dr. Paul and Valerie Horst wrote on Feb 27, 2019:

"Bob and Jen, Valerie and I extend our sincere sympathies to you during this time. We'll keep Jack in our prayers."

Jody Paulsen wrote on Feb 27, 2019:

"Bob and family, Sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. JP and Jody Paulsen "

Carl Keeney wrote on Feb 26, 2019:

"Susan and I were so sorry to hear of Jack?s passing. He was such a kind, smiling, caring individual. I met Jack through his sister Lou. Lou worked with my mother for many years at Clinton Engines. I remember going to Jack and Bea?s wedding in Springbrook. Sending our thought?s and prayers to Bea and all the family. Make Jack rest in Gods peace. Carl and Susan Keeney Osseo, MN"

Denise Miller wrote on Feb 26, 2019:

"I shall miss Jack, as knew him from church, really from a young child, as my family always went to Scared Heart. I moved back to Jackson County in 2003 and sing in the ladies choir. Jack and Bea usually arrived shortly after I did to church. Sure will miss his wave and smile. Denise Millet"

Council 568 Burlington Iowa wrote on Feb 26, 2019:

"he Officers of Knights of Columbus Council 568 in Burlington wish to take this opportunity to express our condolences on the passing of Jack Gavin. Jack is the father of member Joel Gavin. We all start life in a watery tomb, unknowingly headed for a birth tunnel and to a life of breathing air, and water no more. We hauntingly move toward another tunnel ,a "birth" into a much better "world". As Christians, we know that Christ entered that tunnel through death and came back to His followers to reassure us where that tunnel leads. Be not afraid, I go before you always, come follow me. For I go to prepare a place for you. To his family, may your faith, friends and family bring you peace and comfort at this time. May the perpetual light shine upon Jack."

Sue Van Buer wrote on Feb 26, 2019:

"Bea & family--I don't know that I can ever recall seeing Jack without a smile on his face! Always friendly and willing to visit for a minute. Thinking of all of you as you cope with your loss."

Korene Shady wrote on Feb 26, 2019:

"Bob and Family, Sorry for your loss sending prayers and thoughts to you you and your whole family. Your father was always cheerful and always had smile on his face."

Bonnie Macklin wrote on Feb 26, 2019:

"Bob and Jennifer, so sorry to read of Jack?s passing. Always had a smile and a kind word. "

Georgia Robinson wrote on Feb 25, 2019:

"Yet another smiling face this community has lost and will miss so much ~ Jack has left us with a wonderful family though to carry on and left you all with lots of wonderful memories to sustain you. Thoughts, hugs and prayers for all. Rest in Peace, Jack."

martha wrote on Feb 25, 2019:

"So sorry for your loss"

Patty Beck Allen wrote on Feb 25, 2019:

"Sorry for your families loss!"

Clay Gavin wrote on Feb 25, 2019:

"Some of my favorite childhood memories was sliding in next to my godfather Jack during Gavin euchre games knowing he would eventually let me sit on his lap and secretly slip me a few dimes or quarters. He was always so nice. Clay "

Tom Devine wrote on Feb 25, 2019:

"Bob, Jennifer and the Gavin family. I was so sorry to hear of the passing of your Dad. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers."

Mary jo geerts wrote on Feb 25, 2019:

"Prayers for the family RIP Jack"

Jake Tebbe wrote on Feb 25, 2019:

"hey everyone. Just thought I would pass along my condolences. Jack was such a great man and an even greater uncle! a couple of my favorite memories were going to my first cubs game with him and him grabbing an empty beer can from some drunk guy on the bus and giving it to me to have as a souvenir. I still have it in my basement! and walking to the DQ in Maquoketa to get ice cream served in the little baseball helmets. And of course, all the euchre games. He will truly be missed! Love to you all! See you on Friday. Jake"

Carl and Susan Devine Keeney. wrote on Feb 25, 2019:

"Our sincere sympathy to all of Jacks family. My husband to be at the time, now married to him 45 years, and his mother were great friends with Jack and Bea, and especially his sister , Lou Ryan. We Devine?s knew them through church and were fond of them. As I am sure, the Lord was waiting at the gates, saying ?Welcome home my good and faithful servant .?"

Nick Willey wrote on Feb 25, 2019:

"Thoughts & Prayers with Jack & the whole Gavin family. Jack was a great person, always enjoyed my conversations with him over the years. RIP Jack. "

CHERYL HARTWIG wrote on Feb 25, 2019: