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Maurice "Mort" J. Ockenfels

June 21, 1925 October 19, 2017
Maurice "Mort" J. Ockenfels
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Obituary for Maurice "Mort" J. Ockenfels

Maurice “Mort” John Ockenfels, Sr, 92, died Thursday, October 19th surrounded by his family.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 AM, Monday, October 23rd at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church with the Very Rev. Rudolph Juarez officiating. Visitation will be Sunday from 2 to 5PM at Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service, Iowa City, where the Knights of Columbus will recite a rosary at 5PM. Burial with Military Honors will be at St. Joseph Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Mort and Marcy Ockenfels Scholarship Fund for the Children’s Cancer Connection.
Mort was born June 21, 1925 in Walford, Iowa, the son of John and Lillian Delaney Ockenfels. He was a graduate of Hartwick High School in Hartwick, Iowa. From 1947 to 1952 he served in the US Air Force during the Korean War. Mort married Marcy Barker on November 29, 1949 at Hamilton AFB, CA.
In 1967, Mort and Marcy founded City Carton Recycling Company, which they operated for 25 years. Following retirement in 1990 Mort and Marcy sold the business to their children. City Carton Company was the largest recycling company in Iowa.
In 1958 Mort and his brother operated Carl’s Cartage Company, a local trucking company. In 1963, Mort established Ockenfels Transfer.
Mort was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus and the Bishop Cosgrove Assembly, Old Capitol Kiwanis, the American Legion and the Moose.
Mort and Marcy wintered in Arizona for over 30 years. Mort liked to play euchre, fish and pilot his company plane. He was an active pilot until he turned 79. Most important to Mort was his family.
Mort is survived by his loving wife, Marcy and their eight surviving children, Donna (Fred) Renon of San Diego, John (Deb) of Swisher, Mark of Davenport, Andy (Kathy) of Riverside, Tim (Lisa) of Mt. Pleasant, Cindy Ward of Davenport, Chris (Verlaine) of Riverside and Margie (Dennis) Maurer of Waterloo; twelve grandchildren, Charles (Sheila), Brandi (Jenn), Dan, Kris, JR (Jesse), Travis (Torri), Austin, Jake (Cindy), Abbey, Becca, Christine and Jennifer (Daryl); twelve great grandchildren, Jacey, Justin, James, Gavin, Alexia, Jon, Kayla, Sam, Alex, Zack, Abel and Charlotte; siblings, Larry (Mary) of Swisher, Rosie Beadle, Margie McFate, and Marilyn (Charlie) Ong, all of Cedar Rapids, Therese Johnson (Clair Rausch) of Iowa City and Virginia Storjohann of Centennial, CO.
Mort was preceded in death by his parents; his children, Jerry, Debbie, Gene and his wife, Vivian and Maurice Jr.,siblings, Dick Ockenfels and Carolyn Dohrer.
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2:00 PM 10/22/2017 2:00:00 PM - 5:00 PM 10/22/2017 5:00:00 PM
Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service -- Iowa City

605 Kirkwood Avenue
Iowa City, IA 52240

The Knights of Columbus will recite a rosary at 5 PM

Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service -- Iowa City
605 Kirkwood Avenue Iowa City 52240 IA
United States





10:00 AM 10/23/2017 10:00:00 AM
St. Patrick Catholic Church -- Iowa City

4330 St. Patrick Drive
Iowa City, IA 52240

St. Patrick Catholic Church -- Iowa City
4330 St. Patrick Drive Iowa City 52240 IA
United States

Cemetery Details


St. Joseph's Cemetery Final Resting Place

1122 N. Dodge Street
Iowa City, Iowa 52245

1122 N. Dodge Street Iowa City 52245 Iowa
United States

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