Stuart E. Morehead, 87, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday morning, April 13, 2021, just hours after his wife of 67 years, LaVonne Morehead passed away. They both passed away peacefully, surrounded by family at Clover Ridge Place in Maquoketa.
A joint memorial service celebrating their lives will be held at 6 P.M., Friday, April 16, 2021, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held 3 to 6 P.M. prior to the service at the funeral home. Cremation has taken place. A private burial will be held at a later date at East Iron Hill Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa.
It will be required to utilize face masks and to observe social distancing guidelines during the visitation and services.
Stuart Earl Morehead was born on March 8, 1934 in Jackson County, Iowa, to Ray and Beulah (Bollinger) Morehead. He was a 1951 graduate of Maquoketa High School. He married LaVonne Pearl Clark on November 7, 1954 in Maquoketa, Iowa. Stuart served his country in the U.S. Army, earning an honorable discharge. Upon returing home, Stuart worked for Don Schwenker. He then farmed his parent's farm until he and LaVonne purchased it in 1990.
He was a farmer through and through. He took great pride in his work, always taking care of his land, livestock, and machinery. He could fabricate tools and machinery out of the materials he got ahold of. Stuart would use a teaching moment whenever possible, and we are so thankful for that. His motto was "work smarter, not harder."
Stuart enjoyed playing cards and was always up for a game of Euchre, pool or ping pong. He always had a big smile on his face and was very proud of his children and grandchildren.
Those left to honor his memory include his children, Stuart "Lynn" (Karen) Morehead of Maquoketa, IA, LuAnn (Marty Thole) Cahill of Maquoketa, IA, and Angie (Mike) McClintock of Harrison, AR; 7 grandchildren, April (CJ Wilhelm) Till, Erin (Matt) Weis, Austin (Vanessa) Cahill, Tim (Maisie) Morehead, Levi (Brittni) Larkey, Nate (Kimberly) Cahill, and Brandi (Fowler) Tomasich; 16 great-grandchildren; siblings, Paul Morehead of Maquoketa, IA, Kenneth (Laurie) Morehead of Bernard, IA, and Shirley Huffman of Maquoketa, IA. He was preceded in death by his parents, two daughters Janet Lee and Jan Ellen, brothers Leonard, Carroll, Gordon "Bud", and Claire, sisters Donna Ripple and Maxine Reistroffer, a great-granddaughter Lauren Lynn Weis, and his beloved wife LaVonne Morehead on April 12, 2021.
In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to Hospice of Jackson County.
The Carson Celebration of Life Center is caring for the family. Online condolences may be left at www.CarsonAndSon.com.
"Morehead Family. I can remember when Stuart, LaVonne and Mom and Dad played cards. When the game was over Stuart and Dad would get into a contest who could eat the most ice cream. Dad always loss. To the guy who loved having a dip, and yhe love of old trucks rest in peace. Betty, Ed and Janice "
"So sorry we could not make it to the Celebration of Life. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family. Dave and Shawn Brauer"
"Our deepest sympathy to the family of Stuart and Lavonne. They were always so generous in sharing their delicious sweet corn crop each year and we enjoyed our visits with them so much. They will always be remembered. Dave and Judy Koon"
"My deepest sympathy, once again, for all of Stuart\'s family and loved ones. Stuart was one heck of a man, father, grandfather I\'m sure, brother to his siblings, neighbor, friend, role model, farmer, the list could go on and on, sooo many memories, a heart of gold he and LaVonne both had! What a blessing it is and was, to have had a part of him in our lives, as well as each of his family members. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers as you prepare to celebrate Stuart\'s life, as well as LaVonne\'s. May God comfort and guide you all the days ahead. Peace be with you all!"
"SORRY For Loss of Stuart & LaVonne !! Harry Shady- Knew Them WELL ? R I P- MOREHEAD\'S"
"Stuart and Lavonne were good friends and neighbors. We enjoyed visiting with them when we went to get sweet corn. He was also our mailman for several years. We were so sorry to hear of their passing. Our sincere regrets to the family.Jerry and Marlene Dalziel