Jeffrey C. Waterman

Jeffrey C. Waterman, 61, of Frederika, and formerly of Gainesville, Missouri died Saturday, June 25, 2016, at NorthCrest Specialty Care in Waterloo.

A private memorial service will be held by the family at a later date. 

Jeffrey Craig, son of Stanley and Janice (Redies) Waterman, was born April 4, 1955, in Waterloo, Iowa. He was baptized at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church-Artesian of rural Waverly and confirmed at Grace Lutheran Church in Tripoli. Jeff received his education in the Tripoli Schools and graduated from Tripoli High School in 1973. He would later receive his Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from the College of the Ozarks in Missouri. On September 25, 1979, he was united in marriage with Elaine Haskovec in Frederika. To this union two children were born, Adam and Anna. The couple would later divorce. Jeff taught fourth and fifth grade at Gainesville Elementary for fifteen years before retiring in 2015. He was on the Ozark Ambulance Board for many years and served as treasurer. Jeff enjoyed being outdoors, whether it be fishing or hunting and also enjoyed listening to folk music. After his retirement in 2015 he moved back to Frederika.

In addition to his children, Adam (Millie) Waterman of Spring Hill, Florida, and Anna (Gerald) Smith of Garrison, North Dakota, he is survived by three granddaughters, Sierra and Justice Waterman, and Emilee Smith; two grandsons, Dakota Waterman, and Quincey Smith; eight siblings, Kim Fox of Frederika, Jody (Kirk) Meyer of Frederika, Susan (Ron) Lienau of Ossian, Bob (Misty Kellog) Waterman of Frederika, Tom (Laurie) Waterman of Frederika, Marie Keding of Des Moines, Tammy (Bob) Weston of Denver, and Daniel (Trilby) Waschkat of Waverly; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Stanley and Janice; his grandparents, Emil (Elenore) Redies, and Ethel Waterman.


Darin & Karen Lewis on June 30, 2016 at 3:06 PM said:

We were fond of Jeff as a teacher and friend. Our daughter had him in elementary school, and she was a senior this year. We have a red oak tree that Hannah brought home from him in about third or fourth grade. It was about knee high when she excitedly brought it home. We planted it and now it is about twelve feet tall. We think of his kindness and the impact he had on all the children that he taught. Jeff lives on. One of the funniest moments in elementary school was when our daughter came home and told us that Mr. Waterman had a baby goat under his desk. It was sweet. It was also fun one year when he played Santa Claus. She said" That's not Santa, that's Mr. Waterman!"

You can teach a student a lesson for a day; but if you can teach him to learn by creating curiosity, he will continue the learning process as long as he lives. - Clay P. Bedford
Gainesville R-V School District Friends & Staff on June 29, 2016 at 10:57 AM said:

Very sorry to hear of the death of Jeff. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. Joe Donley, Superintendent
Peggy & Doyle Johnson on June 29, 2016 at 10:16 AM said:

So sorry to hear of Jeff's death, our thoughts and prayers are with the family.
Kathy Boeckmann-Mulder on June 29, 2016 at 5:00 AM said:

Thoughts and Prayers to the family. I am saddened to have lost a classmate and friend. Cherish and be comforted with the memories. He has heard the words "Job well done good and faithful servant" Rest in Peace!
Russell Ball on June 28, 2016 at 7:52 PM said:

Rest in peace Jeff. You leave behind a wonderful family. You will be missed
Logan Buenger on June 28, 2016 at 6:36 PM said:

Jeff will always be my friend, he was one of the good guys. Rest in peace Wad.
Brian Bockhaus on June 28, 2016 at 5:21 PM said:

My deepest sympathy to Jeff's family. Rest in peace, my friend.
Mike and Susan Frost on June 28, 2016 at 10:37 AM said:

We are so sad to hear this.
Jeff was a great friend. We had a lot of fun times together.
We lost touch the last few years but are so glad we ran into Bob last summer. He told us Jeff was at Jody's so we went there to visit Jeff that afternoon. We really enjoyed seeing him. He was so proud of his kids and grandkids. And he was happy his brothers and sisters wanted him back in Iowa. Words just can't express how sad we feel right now.
We want you to know we are thinking of all of you.
Tom and Mary Lou Benson on June 28, 2016 at 6:07 AM said:

Our sincere sympathy .. thoughts & prayers .. extended to all of you. Remember Jeff as such a strong fellow .. and sorry to hear of his struggles with the cancer. Know that we care .. Tom and Mary Lou
Sonda and Michael norton on June 27, 2016 at 7:38 PM said:

So sorry for your loss. He was my son's teacher and help guide him in the right durection. I will be forever greatful. You also were a great supporter of my husband's music. You will be missed.
Bonnie Liddle Travers on June 27, 2016 at 6:25 PM said:

So very saddened to hear of Jeff's passing. I was in Jeff's graduating class at Tripoli. Hard to believe another classmate is do longer with us. I know he will be missed. To the family may you find peace in the promise of eternal life in a Kingdom that is greater then our eyes can imagine. May the peace of God give you peace. Bonnie Liddle Travers
Scot Young on June 27, 2016 at 6:16 PM said:

RIP and may God bless your familyou as you will always remain in my memory.
Brenda Buenzow on June 27, 2016 at 5:00 PM said:

To Adam & Millie & family, Ann and Gerald & family, the Waterman and Waskhat families,
I am so saddened to hear of Jeff's passing. He was a great classmate and friend, someone we could always have a great time with. Remember him also in confirmation. May God give you peace in knowing he is in God's care.
Brenda Johnston......Lutie School on June 27, 2016 at 4:03 PM said:

Many prayers...I always enjoyed working with Jeff. Heaven has gained another angel.
kimberly austin on June 27, 2016 at 3:37 PM said:

Sorry for your families loss. You all are in my thoughts and prayers.

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