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Joan Rae Fear

February 9, 1934 — February 29, 2024

Des Moines, IA

     Joan Rae (Fick) Fear was born February 9, 1934 to Herman and Alma (Hirt) Fick in Hartley, Iowa.  She attended school in Hartley.  She loved music and playing the piano.   In high school she was the bass drummer in the marching band.  She graduated from Hartley High School Valedictorian in 1952.

     She married Dawain Fear on June 30, 1957.  They were blessed with two children: Cathy Jo and Craig Steven. Spencer was home for many years.  Joan enjoyed spending time with family, playing cards, music, and crossword puzzles.

     Joan worked at Hartley Medical Center her entire career, retiring on August 29, 2003, after 51 years of service.  After retirement, she volunteered at Spencer Municipal Hospital.  

     On February 29, 2024, Joan departed this life surrounded by her beloved family.   Preceding her in death are her parents; loving husband, Dawain and brother, Arvid Fick.  

     She is survived by her daughter, Cathy Petersen of Lincoln, Nebraska;  her son, Craig and his wife, Debbie of West Des Moines, Iowa;  her grandchildren: Ryan Fear and his wife, Emily of Mountlake Terrace, Washington, Michael Fear of Urbandale, Iowa and Catelyn (Petersen) Meysenburg and her husband, Nick of Omaha, Nebraska and her great grandchildren: Beau and Hadley Meysenburg and Adeline Fear.  

     In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial gifts be made in Joan’s memory to the Spencer Regional Healthcare Foundation.

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Visitation

Saturday, March 9, 2024

9:00 - 10:00 am (Central time)

Warner Funeral Home-Spencer

225 W 3rd St, Spencer, IA 51301

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Funeral Service

Saturday, March 9, 2024

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225 W 3rd St, Spencer, IA 51301

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Saturday, March 9, 2024

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