James P. Deutmeyer of Guttenberg, passed away Sept. 3, 2022, after a battle with cancer.
Cedar Rapids Crematory is in charge of his final care. A celebration of life for Jim’s friends and family will be held at a later date. Burial will be in the SS. Peter & Paul cemetery.
Jim, also known as Dixie, was born Aug. 30, 1949, in Dyersville. He came as an anniversary day gift to Laverne and Germaine (Engelken) Deutmeyer and was raised on the family farm in Petersburg. He attended St. Boniface High School until its closure, finishing his senior year with the first graduating class of Beckman High School in 1967. He married Mary Ellen Every Nov. 29, 1969. Together they farmed north of Luxemburg and raised their five children. They later divorced, but remained friends. After years doing his life’s calling on the farm, Jim moved to Guttenberg, bringing him closer to the river and fishing. While out for a night with his daughters, he met his future fishing and dancing partner, Paula Meeker Walters. They married July 2, 2004, and enjoyed life together until his passing. He worked at Meuser Lumber until his retirement.
Jim loved to enjoy life and is known to have given Germaine a few gray hairs while out enjoying shenanigans with his brothers Duane and Dan. With a fun-loving and positive spirit, he made many lifelong friends along the way. He had a great passion for dancing and loved to fish. He loved the game of baseball, instilled while playing nightly games in the yard with his siblings on the home farm. With Laverne as his coach, he played for Petersburg youth teams in the early years and then played softball for the Petersburg Feed Mill team. He was an avid Chicago White Sox and Chicago Bears fan. One of his best memories was watching his Sox win the first MLB game held at the Field of Dreams with his brother John.
Jim will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. He was most proud of his family. He is survived by his wife Paula; his children: Chad and Diane Deutmeyer of Earlville, Lora and Jay Gaul of New Vienna, Niki and Shawn Burchard of Dyersville, Matt and Tiffinni Deutmeyer of Dyersville, Crystal and Johahn Marmaduke of Rib Lake, Wis.; grandchildren: Danielle (Jordan) Burke, Eric, Katilyn and Anna Deutmeyer, Taylor (Dan) and Bailey Benn, Jack and Molly Gaul, Levi, Austin, Ryan and Logan Burchard, Morgan and Emily Deutmeyer, Mason, Aedan and Lilianna Marmaduke; his beloved great-granddaughters, Evelyn and Ella Burke; step-grandchildren: Douglas and Angela Gaul and Jonathon Marmaduke (daughter, Hilaria); his siblings: Carol Steger, John (Ruth) Deutmeyer, Pat (Allen) Willenbring, Dan (Linda) Deutmeyer, Duane (Jennifer) Deutmeyer, Ron Deutmeyer, Gloria (Terry) Bockenstedt, Gary (Julie) Deutmeyer, Terry (Janell) Deutmeyer, Sherry (Dean) Digmann, Michelle Deutmeyer; his first wife Mary (Kenny) Lahr; in-laws: Steve (MaryAnn) Every, Chuck (Vicki) Every, Becky (Tom) Forkenbrock; Paula’s children: Jeremy, Kim, Tina, Abby and Amy.
He was preceded in death by his parents; stillborn sibling, Scott; his brothers-in-law: Charles Steger, Scott Slattery and Tom Every; Mary’s parents: Donald and Eula Every; Paula’s parents.
The family would like to extend their gratitude to the staff at the Dubuque Cancer Clinic and St. Croix Hospice for their care and compassion during Jim’s battle. We would also like to thank his family and friends who have been there for support through his final months; especially his fishing buddies, Ron Hillers and Dean Boeckenstedt, and high school friend, Gerry Wegmann.