Jack Eaves


Jack C. Eaves, 76, of Ottumwa, died at 9:27 p.m. April 27, 2024 at Hospice House in Ottumwa.

He was born June 20, 1947 in Ottumwa to Jack Clifford and Hazel M. Carnes Eaves. Jack married Jenny Canny on April 10, 1971.

A graduate of Ottumwa High School, Jack served 4 years and 30 days with the U.S. Air Force which included him volunteering and serving one year in Vietnam. Jack attended Indian Hills Community College where he earned a welding certificate. He worked for over 30 years at John Deere Ottumwa Works, retiring as a millwright in 2001.

Jack was a lifetime member of the NRA and was an avid hunter and fisherman. He enjoyed “plinking on the river”. Jack loved traveling with his wife and they enjoyed over 65 cruises together. His family was very important to him, especially his grandchildren and new great-granddaughter.

Surviving is his wife, Jenny; their children, Jack (Danielle) Eaves of Bettendorf and Jill (Ryan) Marlay of Ottumwa; 4 grandchildren, Bryce Eaves, Kayla Eaves, Dylan (Bre) Marlay and Brooke Marlay; a great-granddaughter, Amelia; a brother, James “Wink” Eaves of Norfolk, VA, 3 sisters, Linda (Chris) Mull of Ottumwa, Karen (Sonny) Heckethorn of Hedrick and Connie (Bill) Martin of Baxter Springs, KS; 2 half-brothers, Richard (Carolyn) Weilbrenner and Jacob (Cindy) Weilbrenner, both of Ottumwa; a half-sister, Gretchen (Freeman) Roach-Millhollon of San Bernardino, CA; a step-brother, Jerry (Cathy) Weilbrenner of Ottumwa; and his pet rabbit, Bun Bun.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jack Eaves and Hazel Eaves Weilbrenner; step-father, Ed Weilbrenner; 2 step-brothers, Vaughn Weilbrenner and Jimmy Weilbrenner.

Visitation will be open at 10 a.m. Thursday, May, 2nd, at Reece Funeral Home with the family present to greet friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Friday, May 3rd, at Reece Funeral Home with Pastor Mel Kendall officiating.

Burial will be in Fiedler Cemetery with military honors conducted by Walter B. Schafer Post #775 Veterans of Foreign Wars and O.B. Nelson Post #3 American Legion.

Memorials may be made to Hospice Serving Davis and Wapello Counties.

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