John Joseph DeBates

Birth: 02-06-1904
Death: 01-06-1975

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John "Jack" DeBates died January 6th, 1975 at his home in the Blue Mound Tower assisted living in Luverne, MN after a sudden illness.

John "Jack" DeBates was born February 6th, 1904, in Anawan, IL.He attended school in Richmond, IL.In his early teens, the family moved to Jasper, MN and later to a farm near Hardwick, MN.

September 9th, 1931, he married Augusta “Gustie” Sophia Mains in Pipestone, MN.They farmed near Hardwick for 19 years. In 1950 John purchased a general store in Hardwick which he owned and managed for another 19 years.

After retiring from the store, he and Gustie lived on in Hardwick for another 4 years before moving to the Blue Mound Tower in Luverne.

At the time of his death, John “Jack” DeBates was survived by his wife, Augustus of Luverne; one son, DuWayne, of Kanaranzi; one daughter, Patricia, Mrs. Lowell Ahrendt, of Luverne; 10 grandchildren; four sisters, Emily, Mrs. Willard Berthleson, of Florence; Marie, Mrs. Lee Haroldson, of Ruthon; Genevieve, Mrs. Howard Carlson, of Jasper; four brothers, Edward, of Hardwick; Charles, of Pipestone; Richard, of Jasper; and Francis, of Hardwick.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two grandchildren, and three sisters.

John was a member of St. Catherine’s Catholic Church in Luverne, the Luverne Senior Citizens, and the Rock County Sportman’s club.