John Deters Jr.
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John Deters Jr., 78, of Lincoln,
formerly of Middletown, died Sunday, April 5, 2009, at 4:55 a.m. at
St. John's Hospice in Springfield.
His graveside funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at
Pleasant Valley Cemetery, rural Middletown, with the Rev. Charles
Olander officiating. Military rites will be conducted by Middletown
American Legion Post 672.
There is no visitation.
Arrangements are by
Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln.
The family invites all family and friends to
luncheon and fellowship at Zion Lutheran Church, New
Holland, after the service.
Mr. Deters was a farmer in the Middletown area
for 45 years.
He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War,
from 1951 to 1953.
He was born Dec. 7, 1930, at rural Middletown to
John and Gretchen Kunken Deters of Oldenburg,
Germany. He married Marilyn Hunsley on Oct. 24,
1954, at Zion Lutheran Church of New Holland.
He is survived by his wife, of Lincoln; three
sons, John (and Jerrie) Deters of Mason City, Dave
(and Sandy) Deters of Normal and Rick (and Ardith)
Deters of Middletown; one daughter, Donna Deters of
Middletown; one sister, Mary June Boyer of
Middletown; 14 grandchildren; six
great-grandchildren; one niece; one nephew; and many
One granddaughter preceded him in death.
He was a lifelong member of Zion Lutheran Church
of New Holland. He was also a member of American
Legion Post 672 of Middletown and the K/C/B
Historical Society. He was a trustee of the Corwin
Township board. He was also very active with the
Middletown Boy Scouts and the Middletown Civic Club,
which was instrumental in the construction of the
Middletown Park pavilion.
John enjoyed his family and friends, playing
pinochle, camping, and fishing. Most recently he
enjoyed the many visits and pinochle games with his
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials
be made to Zion Lutheran Church of New Holland or to
the Middletown Rescue Squad to be used toward the
purchase of a new defibrillator.
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