Funeral services for Opal De Heer of Knoxville were held on Saturday, June 30, 2012, at the Bybee & Davis Funeral Home with Elder Bill McDonald officiating.
Burial followed in the Ruckman Cemetery. Jim Kidder, organist and Katie Davis, vocalist shared the selections of “In the Garden” and “How Great Thou Art”. Casket bearers included Rich De Heer, Bill De Heer, Brice De Heer, Cecil Harry, Blain De Heer and Jack Viers.
Opal Irene De Heer was born Jan. 4, 1919, on her family farm, in Marion County, the daughter of Walter and Netha (Holton) Caulkins.
She was raised on the family farm, and following graduation she attended Simpson College where she earned her Teaching Certificate. Opal taught in country schools for several years until her son, Rich was born. She stayed at home with Rich until returning to teaching in 1963. Opal obtained a Bachelor’s Degree from Drake University and taught in Colfax for five years and then in Monroe until her retirement in 1984. She then obtained a real estate license and was in that business from 1984 to 2004.
Opal was a member of the Iowa and National Teacher’s Association, the Iowa and National Realtor’s Association and the Marion County Board of Realtors. In her younger years, she enjoyed fishing and being a farm wife. She also liked to travel and had especially enjoyed her trips to Las Vegas, San Francisco and Arizona.
Opal passed away on Wednesday, June 27, 2012 at the West Ridge Nursing & Rehabilitation Center at the age of 93 years.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Herman in 1978 and her siblings: Junior Caulkins, Dale Caulkins, Lester Caulkins, Dana De Heer, Wilma Van Ryswyk, Mildred Flanders and Alberta Viers.
Those left to honor her memory include her son, Rich (Patty) De Heer of Knoxville; Herman’s children: Beulah (Andy) VanBerkum of Pella, Gene (Emily) De Heer of Pella, Don (Inez) De Heer of Leighton; 7 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren and many other family members and friends.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Central Iowa. Online condolences may be left at BertrandFuneralHomes.com