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Jack Keuter Creston

Published: Monday, Oct. 21, 2013 8:55 a.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013 11:01 a.m. CDT

Jack Keuter, 70, of Creston died Oct. 17, 2013, at Greater Regional Medical Center.

Services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, at Salem Lutheran Church. The Rev. Ben McIntire will officiate. Burial will be in Graceland Cemetery south of Creston. Open visitation will be 2 to 8 p.m. today with family present 6 to 8 p.m. at the church. Powers Funeral Home, junction of highways 34 and 25, Creston, is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be directed to Salem Lutheran Church. Online condolences may be left at www.powersfh.com.

John William “Jack” Keuter, son of Esther Margaret (Laubscher) and Ambrose J. Keuter, was born July 12, 1943, in Dunlap. They were a farming family.

Jack’s father died during World War II in Okinawa. Esther was later remarried to Virgil Olson.

Jack graduated from Soldier High School in 1961, and Jack studied at Iowa State University.

After college, Jack worked as a bartender, farmhand and sold insurance for a year. He also worked as a mechanic in Soldier.

On May 24, 1964, Jack married Phyllis Torgerson at Soldier Lutheran Church.

Jack later worked at United Parcel Service for 17 years as a driver and manager. Jack worked as a loan officer for First Federal Savings Bank in Creston. His also had a job driving a tree spade for six years.

Jack helped start the Creston Jaycees, and joined Creston Kiwanis Club in 1973, being a 40-year member and holding every office.

Jack was a member of Salem Lutheran Church, church board member and sang in the choir. He also served on Union County Compensation Board for several years, Creston City Council, and as chairman of Southern Iowa Rural Water Association. Jack was also a member of Elks Club, Elks Clowns and 10,000 Crestonians for 20 years.

In 2007, he was awarded the Creston Chamber of Commerce “Citizen of the Year” award.

Jack is survived by his wife Phyllis of Creston, son Lee Keuter of Dallas, Texas; daughters, Becky Keuter and Barb (husband Bud) Belt, all of Bellevue, Neb.; granddaughter Ava; grandsons, Jake (wife Jackie) and Josh (Katie); great-grandchildren, Paislee and Luci; sisters, Marie Adkins of Woodbine and Joyce Olson of Shelby; aunts, Irene Laubscher of Dunlap and Lois Laubscher of Denison; and numerous nieces, nephews and other family members.

Jack was preceded in death by his parents, stepfather; and brothers-in-law, Bill Seufert, Dave Adkins and Jim Schultz.

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