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Clarence J. Haverkamp

September 5, 1933 December 28, 2017
Clarence J. Haverkamp
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Obituary for Clarence J. Haverkamp

Clarence Haverkamp, 84, of Iowa City, died Thursday, Dec. 28 at Legacy Ridge.

Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 am, Wednesday, January 3rd at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church with Father Gary Beckman celebrating. Respecting Clarence’s wishes, his body will be deeded to the University of Iowa Deeded Body Program following the service. Visitation will be at Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service in Iowa City on Tuesday, January 2nd, from 3-6 pm. with a rosary recited at 6pm. Memorial donations may be made to Iowa City Community School District Foundation or the charity of the donor’s choice.

Clarence was born September 5, 1933, in Remsen, Iowa, the son of Henry and Catherine Colling Haverkamp. He was a graduate of Remsen St. Mary's High School in 1951; Westmar College in Le Mars in 1959 where he earned his B.A.; and the University of Iowa in 1963 where he earned his M.A.

Clarence served in the Army from 1955 to 1957.

He married Helen Hentges in Le Mars, Iowa on July 19, 1959. She died in 1968. He married Dorothy Cole Brejcha in Iowa City on June 16, 1969. She died in 2016.

Clarence was a teacher in the Iowa City Community School District for 35 years; the last 23 years, he taught first grade at Grant Wood Elementary School retiring in 1995.

He was a member of the ICEA (Iowa City Education Association) serving as president and chief negotiator. He was a member St. Wenceslaus Church; actively involved with Pre-Cana and the National Marriage Encounter. Clarence served on the Johnson County Retired School Personnel and as a standardized and simulated patient for medical and dental Students at UI.

He and Dorothy were founding members of the Bed and Breakfast Guild of Iowa. They ran Haverkamp's Linn St. Homestay for 19 years.

Survivors include his children: Anne (Jim) Croker and their children Jennifer, Lisa (Chris) Spiek, Jimmy, and Andy; John (Kay) Brejcha and their children Kelly (Gabe) Thexton and Matt (Rebecca); Michael (Lisa) and their children Rowan and Laurel; Thomas (Kim) and their children Joe (Kristen) and Dan (Lisa); James (Joyce) and their daughter Sofia; ten great-grandchildren; his sister Martha Haverkamp; and many nieces and nephews.

Clarence was also preceded in death by his parents; his sisters, Helen Nelson and Mary Masuen; his sister-in-law Betty Shay and his brothers-in-law Jack Shay and Robert Nelson.

The family would like to thank Legacy Ridge, Legacy Pointe and Iowa City Hospice for the care they gave to Clarence.

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3:00 PM 1/2/2018 3:00:00 PM - 6:00 PM 1/2/2018 6:00:00 PM
Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service -- Iowa City

605 Kirkwood Avenue
Iowa City, IA 52240

Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service -- Iowa City
605 Kirkwood Avenue Iowa City 52240 IA
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10:00 AM 1/3/2018 10:00:00 AM
St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church

630 East Davenport Street
Iowa City, IA 52245

St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church
630 East Davenport Street Iowa City 52245 IA
United States

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Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) Foundation

1725 N. Dodge Street
Iowa City, IA 52245

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