Michael J. Van Deusen

Michael J. Van Deusen of Bellevue, passed away on July 1, 2024, at Iowa City Hospitals and Clinics after an 18- year inspiring journey with Cancer.   Michael stubbornly fought all the challenges Cancer brought to him.

Graveside Services with Military Honors conducted by Bellevue American Legion Post # 273 will be 3:00 pm, Monday, July 8, 2024, in St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery in Bellevue, with a Celebration of Life following Graveside Services from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm at Second Street Station in Bellevue.

Local arrangements entrusted with Hachmann-Mier Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Bellevue.

Michael was born to CMSGT (ret) Clarence and Jean Ann “Gert” Van Deusen on October 9, 1958, in Liberty, New York.

The family relocated to Bellevue in 1969, and Michael graduated from Marquette Catholic High School with the Class of ’76.  After graduation he enlisted in the United States Air Force serving for eight years.  He worked with the Department of Defense Dependent School Systems as Director of Communications for the Far East extensively travelling the globe for his job.  After living on Okinawa for 17 years, he took a position with the government in Washington, D.C.  He retired returning to Bellevue in 2003.

Michael was an avid sports fan, as anyone who knew Michael could tell you, he could quote sports stats with the best of them. He enjoyed watching the Iowa Hawkeyes, the Chicago Cubs and the Chicago Bears.  He even made special trips from Okinawa back to Bellevue in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s, to watch the Marquette Mohawks at the state basketball tournaments.

Michael is survived by his mother, his sister Susan (Mike) Davids, his brother Richard Van Deusen, his nephew Justin Davids, his niece Kitty (Devin) McSparin, his great- nieces Gabriella Serrano and Lena McSparin, along with numerous cousins.

He was preceded in death by his father, his siblings Thomas Van Deusen and Shari Knotts, his paternal grandparents Corliss and Kathryn Van Deusen, and his maternal grandparents Fred and Marie Maiers along with many aunts and uncles.

The family would like to thank Dr. Tim King, Sandy and Michelle, Dr. Christine Holms, Dr. Jared Freiburger, Dr.  Eric Engleman, Dr. Bruce Obbink, Dr. Honorio Caceres, Dr. Mark Niemer and all the fantastic staff of Medical Associates, Mercy One, and Mercy One Cancer Center, as well as the staff of the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics for all their support of Michael during his journey.

There aren’t enough words of appreciation to say a very special thanks to Shannon and Matt Wedeking and family, and Rick (Hoot) and Beth Michels for all their support and assistance throughout the years. The family is very grateful!

Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.hachmannfuneralhome.com

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