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Thomas McGaffey

Thomas R. McGaffey, 63, of Wellman, died Friday, February 14, 2020, at his sister’s home in Wellman, following a battle with cancer. A private family burial was held in the Wassonville Cemetery in Wellman. A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, March 7, 2020, at 2:00 PM at the Peterseim Funeral Home in Kalona. In lieu of flowers, a general memorial fund has been established.

Thomas Russell McGaffey was born July 11, 1956, in Washington, Iowa, the son of John A. and Frances (Sojka) McGaffey. He attended Coralville and Cardinal Community Schools. Tom worked as a stone mason for Allen’s Masonry. He was united in marriage to Rhonda Lincoln and later married Betty Boatwright.

Survivors include three children: Juston (Stephanie) McGaffey of Griswold, Iowa, John McGaffey of Wellman, Heather (Patrick) Wesenberg of Coralville, eleven  grandchildren: Matthew, Maylee, Selena, Ella, Anna, Anthony, Gracie, Scott, Rian, Zara an Jace. Also surviving are 12 siblings: James McGaffey, Joseph McGaffey, Valorie Burnham, Robert McGaffey, Deanne McGaffey, Douglas McGaffey, Donald McGaffey, Janelle Christensen, Mark McGaffey, Johnna Stultz, Karen Snyder and Perry McGaffey.

Preceding Tom in death were his parents, and his stepson Jon McVey.

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Dear John Justin Valorie Janelle and ll the familyWe already miss TomHe was a friend of mine and he did wonderful work for my buildingI'm sorry I'm unable to attend the Memorial service this afternoon but know that I'm keeping all of you in my thoughts and prayersLove MaryAnn MillerGreiner

MaryAnn Miller-Greiner Mar 7 2020 12:00 AM

I tried to post a photo of the beautiful deck he and John built for me. His memory is 100% linked in my mind to that deck he built and the weeks one summer while he and John built it. Will never forget him and think of him every day when enjoying the deck.

Leslie Holmes Feb 15 2020 12:00 AM

They did such a great job

Valorie McGaffey Burnham Feb 15 2020 12:00 AM

My heart goes out to the family. He was a great guy keeping you all in my prayers!

Julie Carter Feb 14 2020 12:00 AM

To all of our McGaffey cousins and their families, we send to you our deepest sympathy. Out of all of our cousins, we thought Tom really looked the most like Grandpa Sojka. We will miss seeing that sweet face! Love and hugs, Paul and Carrie Bennett

Paul and Carrie Bennett Feb 14 2020 12:00 AM

With deepest sympathyHomes by Tradition

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