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Dr. Darwin Jack
November 2, 1921 - June 8, 2021

Dr. Darwin Jack, 99, of Oelwein passed away Tuesday June 8, 2021.  Visitation will be from 4-7 PM on Monday June 14, 2021 at the Geilenfeld-Buehner Funeral Home in Oelwein.  Services will begin at 11:00 AM on Tuesday June 15, 2021 at the funeral home with Deacon Jim Patera officiating.  Inurnment will be in Floral Hills Memorial Gardens at Hazleton with Military Honors provided by the American Legion Post 9 of Oelwein.  A memorial fund has been established.

Due to state and federal guidelines on gatherings regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, social distancing and wearing a mask are recommended.

Darwin Burdette Jack was born in Cedar Rapids on November 2, 1921 to parents Edward Darold and Viola Lucille (Mann) Jack.  He graduated from McKinley High School with the class of 1940.  Darwin continued his education at the University of Iowa, attaining a Bachelor of Science Degree in 1942.  He enlisted in the United States Army following the attack on Pearl Harbor.  He attended Officer Candidate School at the Infantry School in Columbus, GA and was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant in February of 1944.  He was initially assigned to Little Rock, AR.

In 1944, while in Little Rock, Darwin was introduced to Mary Scheibe at the Winfield Methodist Church’s Methodist Youth Fellowship meeting.  Darwin and Mary were married in Little Rock on November 11, 1944.  Mary became Darwin’s devotion for eternity.  They lived in Little Rock until Darwin was transferred to the Pacific Theater of World War II to serve on Luzon in the Philippine Islands with the Ohio 37th Infantry Division.  During combat with the Japanese army he was awarded the Bronze Star for Valor.  He was promoted to Captain Infantry.  Darwin returned to the United States and to Mary in 1946.  They continued to be side by side for 72 years, until her passing in 2016.

In the post-war period Darwin and Mary lived in Iowa City where he attended Medical School at the University of Iowa College of Medicine, graduating in 1950.  They lived in Des Moines for a year while Darwin completed his medical internship at Broadlawns Polk County Hospital.  They then moved to Oelwein in 1951 to practice Family Medicine, partnering with his good friend Dr. Robert Jaggard, for 38 years before retiring in 1988.

After retiring, Darwin became Medical Director for several nursing homes; Grandview Healthcare Center, Oelwein Healthcare Center, Mercy Living Plus, Hillcrest Nursing Home of Sumner, Denver Nursing Home, and the Fredericksburg Nursing Home.  At the age of 80 years, Darwin felt it was time to retire and become a civilian.

Darwin and Mary enjoyed camping for over 60 years.  He was a member of the Oelwein Lions Club and they were members of Grace United Methodist Church in Oelwein.  Darwin loved the people and friends in Oelwein.

Left to celebrate Darwin’s life are his sons: Ed Jack of Boone and Tim (Diane) Jack of Cedar Rapids; his daughter-in-law Debra Jack of Mechanicsville; his six grandchildren: Jeremy Bunn, Amanda (Clint) Yarges, Adam (Alexandra) Jack, Chris Jack, Lukas Jack (Jessica Palmer) and Tyler Jack; his three great-grandchildren: Cooper, Maggie Mae and Reid Yarges.  He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Mary (2016); his son Leslie Jack (2000) and his brother Darold Jack (1999). 


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Sheryl Gosse on June 15, 2021 at 10:25 AM said:

Sincere sympathy to Dr. Jack's family, our Dr. as well, we often seen Doc and Jerry when out to eat, he still knew who we were up to the last. Great memory at 99.Jerry, his best friend missed Dr.J. they in home tog., now tog.in heaven. Cherish your MEMORIES, write them down for your family to read in the future.Write a book, many would buy. So many stories we heard over the years from Doc and Jerry, yes they will be missed but we ALL have the MEMORIES,carry on to your families. Been a pleasure to know your dad. How many babies did he deliver? Loved his display of babies.
Jill Alexander Turner on June 14, 2021 at 9:20 AM said:

Dr. Jack was an amazing guy. The love that your parents gave our family through the years was wonderful. Whenever I had a question or a problem I could call him or Mary and they would help me.They were awesome Godparents. They were always kind and were great friends of my parents. He delivered 4 of the 6 of us.
Even at 99 he was sharp as ever. We offer our deepest sympathy to the family that his time on Earth has ended but you can bet he and Mary are dancing again.
David Jaggard on June 14, 2021 at 6:17 AM said:

I am at once sad to hear of Darwin's passing, and heartened that he lived a long life. My condolences to the family, and especially to my childhood friends Ed and Tim.
Jim and Mary Lincoln on June 13, 2021 at 3:02 PM said:

Dr Jack was a wonderful and caring doctor...He delivered all four of our children... Always there for all our medical needs...Our family truly loved him....
Maribeth Woolsey on June 12, 2021 at 3:02 PM said:

I lived next door on 7th St., NW as a child. I remember Dr. Jack and Mary so very fondly. They were great neighbors. I loved hearing Darwin play the organ. Great memories!
Dan Jaggard on June 12, 2021 at 12:38 PM said:

I have a lot of good memories of growing up with Darwin around. The zaniest was working on his chinchilla farm in the basement and riding in his airplane when we went out to show his chinchillas at shows.
Whenever I see his picture I can hear his unique chuckle.
Jim and Mary Lincoln on June 12, 2021 at 9:55 AM said:

Dr Jack delivered all of our four children....He was such a loving and caring doctor..Always there when we needed him..He told me that he was no farther away than the phone..Sure was loved by our family and will always remember him as a great doctor and man....
Jane Briden on June 12, 2021 at 9:45 AM said:

Dr. Jack delivered my firstborn in 1966. He was a kind man who respected everyone he met. Rest in peace Dr. Jack.
Lynn Andrews Brinkmeyer on June 11, 2021 at 9:45 PM said:

What a great guy and family! I used to babysit the boys starting when they lived on 7th Street N.W. They all hold a special place in my memory.
Denis Tasker on June 11, 2021 at 8:38 PM said:

Dr. Jack was our family doctor and good friend. We shared common interests in computer programing, stained glass and woodworking. He and Mary were always very friendly and caring when I would stop to visit. Condolences to the family.
Danny Stasi on June 11, 2021 at 8:31 PM said:

What an incredible Man!! My very deepest condolences to the entire family.
Julie Saddoris on June 11, 2021 at 8:13 PM said:

My thoughts and prayers are with his family.
Julie Saddoris on June 11, 2021 at 8:10 PM said:

My thoughts and prayers are with his family.
Ruth Staton on June 11, 2021 at 6:58 PM said:

I was proud to work with Dr. Jack at Mercy Hospital for many years. He was a true professional and a genuinely nice man. I have thought of him often in recent years. Blessings to the Jack family at this time of sorrow.
Duroje and Sarah Gwamna on June 11, 2021 at 6:21 PM said:

On behalf of our family to yours we are extremely sorry
and send our well wishes.
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