Dwayne  Van Ness
Dwayne Eugene Van Ness, 47, of Ottumwa, died at 8:31 p.m. November 13, 2019 at Ottumwa Regional Health Center.
He was born September 1, 1972 in Ottumwa to Charles and Zetta Griner Van Ness. He married Audrey Lynn Starr on August 10, 2001. They had been together for the past 28 years.
A 1990 graduate of Ottumwa High School, Dwayne earned a welding certificate from Indian Hills Community College. He had worked the past 19 years at John Deere Ottumwa Works as a welder and assembler.
Dwayne was a member of the NRA, UAW Local #74, Ducks Unlimited, Pheasants Forever, Maker's Mark and Wapello County Bowmen. He was an avid outdoorsman, an excellent cook, enjoyed playing his guitar, hunting, fishing and training his dogs.
Dwayne is survived by his wife, Audrey; her children, Melanie (Matt) Dalbey of Ottumwa, Chris Harris (Carolina Rrukaj) of Des Moines and Abbey Reynolds of Ottumwa; 4 grandchildren, Spencer, Sully, Lance and Jr.; his mother, Zetta Van Ness of Ottumwa; mother-in-law, Lucy (George) Starr-Rumph of Ottumwa; siblings, Jerry (Karla) Van Ness, Donna Smith and Tim Van Ness all of Ottumwa; his dog, Hoyt Eugene and many friends, including his fellow union brothers and sisters.
He was preceded in death by his father, Charles; father-in-law, Larry Starr; loving mentors, Homer and Helen Harris and his dogs, Prince, Diesel and Macy.
A service to celebrate his life will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Reece Funeral Home. Cremation will follow the service.
Visitation begins at 1 p.m. Friday with the family present from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday.
Dwayne had requested no flowers. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Ottumwa A Club for trap, bowling and archery teams.
Published on November 14, 2019


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