Junior Jacob Hootman,

Written by John Kuhens on August 21, 2015

Junior Jacob Hootman, 88, of Floris died at 9:25 P.M. Tuesday August 18, 2015 at University of Iowa Hospital, Iowa City.  He was born April 16, 1927 in Van Buren County to Jacob Daniel and Bessie Francis Canady Hootman.

Junior grew up in Van Buren and Davis County, attended country school at White No. 5 in Van Buren County and Center No. 5 in Davis County.  He married Lucille Illene Hewitt the daughter of Emmett and Jessie Carbaugh Hewitt on December 22, 1943 in Leando, Iowa. They lived in Ottumwa until Junior joined the army and then was selected by a Naval Commander to serve in the Navy during World War II, this happened on the same day.  He served for 11 months, where he went all the way around the world and was honorably discharged in June of 1946.  They lived in Ottumwa until moving to their 120 Acre farm in northeast Davis County where he lived the rest of his life.  He farmed and raised cattle and his farm grew to over 600 acres.  He worked 30 years for John Morrell packing plant in Ottumwa from January 3, 1944 until its closing.  Junior was proud of his accomplishments for only having an 8th grade education.

He is survived by his loving wife of almost 72 years, six children Mike Hootman (Coleen) of Bloomfield, Twyla Hootman of Floris, Craig Hootman (Nancy) of Ottumwa, Sandra Keller (Mike of Fairfield, Lance Hootman of Floris, Melanie Hootman of Floris and son-in-law, Tom Engel of Radcliffe, IA, eight grandchildren, Eric, Joseph and Adam Hootman, Evan and Elizabeth Engel, Jacob, Jesse and Marshall Keller, six great-grandchildren, Charlotte and Eleanor Engel, Alyssa and Blake Keller, Jacob and Rhett Hootman, three step grandchildren and six step great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter, Linda Engel, a grandson, Wade Hootman, a great-grandson, Graham Engel, two sisters, Mary Laughlin and Zelda Brewers and two brothers, James and Hollis Hootman.

Funeral service will be at 2:00 P.M. Sunday August 23, 2015 at Pedrick Funeral Home, Douds with Rev. Jerry Caughron officiating.  Visitation with family will be 1-2 P.M. prior to the service.  Military rites by John Hyson Reneker Post No. 494, American Legion, Douds will be at the funeral home.  Burial will be in Glasgow Cemetery, rural Eldon.