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Brett James Lawson

May 2, 1995 ~ June 28, 2023 (age 28) 28 Years Old


Brett Lawson, 28, of Clinton, Iowa, passed away Wednesday, June 28, 2023, in Clinton.

A Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, July 16, 2023, at Schultz Funeral Home in DeWitt, with Visitation one hour prior.

Brett James Lawson was born May 2, 1995, in Morris, Illinois, the eldest of two sons born to Jay and Christine (Stricklin) Lawson. He graduated from DeWitt High School in 2014. He worked as a landscaper, something that was both an occupation and therapy for him.

Kindness was his compass. He would give to others no matter the cost to him. He would give away his food and go hungry if someone else needed it. He was strong in the face of adversity. Brett was a true hero, having run into a burning building to save an elderly man, and jumping into the river to save a woman in distress. Brett lived by the idea that the past does not define you. He saw the best in everyone and always gave them another chance. He was a fiercely loyal friend. Quitting was not an option. He was a very free and independent spirit, and an old soul. He loved adventure chasing tornados, exploring caves, even riding a live rodeo bull once on a dare, anything that might give his mother a heart attack. One of his favorite pastimes was gaming with his brother and friends from all over the world. He was also an avid Green Bay Packer fan. Brett was deeply patriotic. He was proud to have been raised by a father who served his country in the Army. Brett was red, white, and blue from the inside out.

He was great, but that was just the beginning.

He will be lovingly remembered and missed by his parents and their spouses, Christine and Steven Ryner, and Jay and Andrea Lawson; his brother, Collin Lawson; step-siblings, Emily Ryner, and Jaxon and Lilah Henry; his maternal grandparents, Ancil and Joy Stricklin; uncles, Curt and Kevin Lawson, and Herb and Jim Stricklin, and an Aunt, Amy Avila; several cousins and other extended family; and his “son” Jack Jack the pup.

Preceding him in death were his paternal grandparents, Wilbur “Dean” and Jane Lawson, and aunts, Lorrie Lawson and Teri Lawson; and his “son” Balto the pup.

Arrangements are pending in the care of Schultz Funeral Home, DeWitt. Condolences may be expressed at

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July 16, 2023

1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Schultz Funeral Homes
722 8th Street
DeWitt, IA 52742

July 16, 2023

2:00 PM
Schultz Funeral Homes
722 8th Street
DeWitt, IA 52742


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