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Darwin
Ned “Bud” Struve, 93, died Saturday, June 8, at his residence in the
Windsor Manor Assisted Living Care Facility in Vinton.



Darwin
was born on October 7, 1925 in rural Tama County near Elberon to Louis
and Laura (Schlieman) Struve. He attended several country schools in the
county until his family
moved to the Van Horne area where he graduated from Van Horne High
School, class of 1944. After graduation he wanted to see the country so
he hitchhiked through the Midwest and western states working for local
farmers along the way helping to bring in the
wheat harvest.


He
was united in marriage to Lucylle Thompson in February of 1950 and that
spring they rented a farm a mile south of Van Horne. After six years on
the farm Darwin made a
career change and was employed by Amana Refrigeration. The family moved
several times around the Blairstown and Newhall area and finally to
rural Van Horne when in 1957 Darwin got a job at Hubbard Milling Company
in Cedar Rapids. For the next 31 years he drove
a semi-truck hauling bulk and sacked feed to elevators, feed stores,
farmers, and mills in IA, WI, IL and MN. After his retirement in 1988,
he and Lucylle moved to Van Horne where he continued his driving career
as a substitute school bus driver for the Benton
Community School District for the next 20 years.


Darwin
was an avid fisherman and through the years took fishing trips with
various groups to lakes around the area, the state and to Canada. He
also loved to play golf and
he and Lucylle were active members of the Tara Hills Country Club in
Van Horne. In June 2012 he shot a hole-in-one at Tara Hills. Darwin
remained active well into his retirement, taking his daily walk around
Van Horne, in good and bad weather. He also played
golf until he was 90 years old.


Darwin
and Lucylle were married for 64 years. After Lucylle’s death Darwin
moved to Windsor Manor Assisted Care Facility in Vinton. Darwin is
survived by six children: Mary
(Laverne) Halstead of Vinton; Helen Joy Nicholson of Cedar Rapids; Tom
(Nancy) Struve of Palo; Betty Feinberg of Cedar Rapids; Jay (Ann) Struve
of Iowa City; Janet (Marvin) Moffitt of Cedar Rapids; 16 grandchildren,
27 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great
grandchild. He is also survived by one brother, Rex (Sara) Struve of
Monticello and a sister-in-law, Erma Thompson of Reedsburg WI. Darwin
was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, Howard, Berlyn,
Orland and a sister, Lorraine Steinford.


Visitation will be on Wednesday, June 12
from 4-7 PM at Phillips Funeral Home in Keystone. Funeral will be at
10:30 AM on Thursday, June 13 at Phillips Funeral Home in Keystone
with burial immediately following the service at Salem Cemetery, rural
Van Horne.


Memorials may be directed to Van Horne First Responders, Van Horne Public Library, Van Horne Salem United Methodist Church.


"The family would like to thank Windsor Manor for taking Dad on his final fishing trip to Roger's Park last Friday morning."


Online condolences www.phillipsfuneralhomes.com





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