Howard Lee Duckett Dies

Howard Lee Duckett Dies

Iowa QHRA Past President passed away February 17.

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Howard Lee Duckett, 77, a lifetime member and past President of the Iowa Quarter Horse Racing Association passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. Duckett of Central City, Iowa, was surrounded by his family at his home.

His wishes were to donate his body to help others through the University of Iowa, Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, Deeded Body Program for medical education and research.

There will be no service held at this time. A Celebration of Duckett's Life is being planned with an updated announcement to be published at a later date in the spring of 2021.

A private family joint inurnment will take place at a later date at Mt. Clark Cemetery, in Central City.

Duckett was born on January 31, 1944, in Oelwein, Iowa, the son of Fred and Lola (Rosenstiel) Duckett. He attended Hazelton Consolidated School and then Kirkwood Community College. On March 25, 1983, he was united in marriage to Cheryl Lynn Greve.

Duckett worked for 25 years as a General Superintendent for Lear Corporation, retiring in 2006. He was a Boy Scouts Den Leader and a member of Antioch Christian Church.

He had a passion for all animals, and enjoyed fishing, family get-togethers, and going on trips in his R.V. Most of all, he loved spending time with his family. Duckett will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Duckett is survived and lovingly remembered by his wife of nearly 40 years, Cheryl Duckett of Central City; nine children, Dawn (Brian) Thornton of Madison, Miss., Justin (Tess) Duckett of Ely, Iowa, Brandon (Chelsea) Duckett of Las Vegas, Nev., Mark (Betty) Duckett of Solon, Iowa, Brendalee (Rodger) Goracke of Oklahoma City, Okla., September (Adam) Sackett of Belle Plaine, Iowa, Bob Duckett of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Brian (Ronda) Duckett of Mount Vernon, Iowa, and Kevin (Kari) Fernandez of Stillwater, Minn.; 22 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Donna (Jim) Mohlis and Della Stohr, both of Hazelton, Iowa; one brother, Harold (Darlene) Duckett of Central City; one brother-in-law, Mark (Carol) Greve of Iowa City, Iowa; one sister-in-law, Joan (Steve) Clary of Central City; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Lola Duckett; father-in-law, Robert Greve; three brothers and two sisters-in-law, Clifford, Clarence (Evie) and Calvin (Jean) Duckett; one brother-in-law, Lloyd Stohr; one nephew, Donnie Stohr; one grandson at infancy; and nephew, Brian Mohlis.

Duckett's family would like to express their sincere gratitude to the staff with Mercy Hospice, especially Amanda, Chari, Bill and Jody, for the love, care and compassion they gave to Howard during his illness.

Memorials in Howard's memory may be directed to the Mercy Foundation at 701 10th St., SE, in Cedar Rapids, IA 52403. Share a memory on the online guestbook.