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Mark McDermott

July 11, 1954 ~ January 11, 2024 (age 69) 69 Years Old

Mark McDermott Obituary

Mark Edward McDermott, a man of deep faith and unwavering dedication, peacefully passed away on January 11, 2024, at his home.

Visitation will be from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. with a Rosary at 1:15 p.m. Sunday, January 14, 2024, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in DeWitt. A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, January 15, in the church, Fr. James Vrba celebrating. 

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Mark was born July 11, 1954, in Clinton, Iowa, to Patrick and Mary (Cain) McDermott. On July 7, 1978, he entered into holy matrimony with Debra Burke at Sacred Heart in Lost Nation, Iowa.

Mark was a humble and quiet man, living his life in accordance with his strong faith. He embodied the virtues of joy in hope, patience in affliction, and faithfulness in prayer, modeling his life after St. Joseph. He graduated from Delwood High School in Elwood, and Kirkwood College in Cedar Rapids. Mark spent his career in agriculture, working for Standard Oil, Jack Seeser, BRT, and Merschman Fertilizer.

He is survived by his devoted wife, Debra McDermott, children, Eric (Bo) McDermott of Bloomington, Indiana, John McDermott of Davenport, and David (Cassie) McDermott of Calamus; grandchildren, Levi and Emma McDermott; siblings, Barbara (Dan) Balik, Mike (Colleen) McDermott, Patricia (Mark) Smith, Raymond McDermott, Marty (Anne) McDermott, Angela (Dave) Mattke, Madonna McDermott, Dennis (Linda) McDermott, Julie (Steve) Kinrade, Jim (Deanna) McDermott, Regina (Brad) Randall, and sisters-in-law, Colleen Burke and Janet Burke; numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, and uncles.

Mark was preceded in death by his parents, his infant brother David, and his parents-in-law, Ramon and Crystal Burke, sister-in-law, Margie McDermott, and brother-in-law, Dennis Burke.

In a final act of generosity, Mark has donated his body to the University of Iowa for the advancement of knowledge and science. A burial service will be held at a later date.

Pallbearers will be Eric, John, and David McDermott, Mike McDermott, Madonna McDermott, and Greg Tigges. Honorary pallbearers will be godchildren, Stephanie Luttrell, Emily Jones, Mitchell McDermott, and Isaac Kinrade.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Joseph Catholic School, the Referral Center, or Genesis Hospice.

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

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January 14, 2024

2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
St. Joseph Catholic Church
417 6th Ave
DeWitt, IA 52742

Funeral Mass
January 15, 2024

10:30 AM
St. Joseph Catholic Church
417 6th Ave
DeWitt, IA 52742


St. Joseph Catholic School
417 6th Avenue, DeWitt IA 52742
Tel: 1-563-659-3812

The Referral Center
912 14th Avenue, DeWitt , Iowa. IA 52742
Tel: 1-563-659-9612

Genesis Hospice Care
Tel: 1-563-421-5400


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