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Dennis A. “Butch” Heth, 75, of Fort Madison, passed away at 6:20 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 20, 2020, at the University of Iowa Hospitals in Iowa City. He was born on Aug. 5, 1944, in Maynard to Arnold and Frances Perry Heth. He married Sharon K. Thyer on June 5, 1965, in Fayette. He was an education administrator for 40 years and after retirement, he enjoyed owning his own business, Shabby Sheik Antique Store. He also wrote articles that were published in the Fort Madison Daily Democrat. He was active in many civic groups and was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church. He enjoyed traveling, gardening, pheasant hunting, fishing in Canada, going to auctions and attending his grandchildren’s activities.

Dennis is survived by his wife, Sharon Heth of Fort Madison; two daughters, Tina (Bruce) Duque of Indianapolis, Ind., and Teneal (Matt) Doty of Donnellson; one son, Timothy (Jodi) Heth of Muscatine; eight grandchildren, Alexander (Ineke) Duque, Madeline Duque, Maximilian Duque, Isaac Heth, Ethan Heth, Maddox Doty, Maren Doty and Macie Doty; one sister, Donna (Bob) Milts of Medford, Ore.; one brother-in-law, Lavern (Shirley) Thyer of Fayette; one aunt, Velda Haldeman of Oelwein; and many close cousins. He was preceded in death by one granddaughter, Sophia Duque, and one sister, Rene Johnson.

Cremation has been entrusted to the care of King-Lynk Funeral Home & Crematory. A memorial service was held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 24, 2020, at St. John United Church of Christ, 501 10th Street, Fort Madison, IA 52627. Rev. Pete Hagglund officiated. The family greeted friends at a luncheon following the service at the church. A private family burial will be held at a later date in Fayette. Memorials have been established for St. Paul Lutheran Church and St. John United Church of Christ. Online condolences to the Heth family may be left at the King-Lynk Funeral Home & Crematory website: www.kinglynk.com.

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