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Obituary for Odean "Dean" Harlis Jukam
Odean “Dean” H. Jukam, age 78, of Wentworth, SD passed away Sunday, March 25, 2018 at North Colorado Medical Center.
Dean was born on Dec 31, 1939, to Clarence E. and Ardis (Hegdahl) Jukam in Carthage, SD. He was raised on the family farm in rural Howard, SD, graduating from high school in 1958. He attended South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering.
In August of 1962, Odean married Sharon (Gibson). Dean began his career with Pratt Whitney in Hartford CT, then moved to Lacrosse to begin training with Trane Company. In 1964, Dean and Sharon moved to Des Moines for a new position with Trane and were blessed with daughters, Kimberly, in 1965 and Johanna, in 1966. He left Trane in 1969, and started his HVAC testing and balancing agency, Systems Management and Balancing, Inc. also in Des Moines, IA.
In 1978 , Dean married Sandy Wright-Scott of Stuart, IA. The couple lived on an acreage between Stuart and Menlo with Sandy’s children Dan Adamson, Darcy Cousins-Wright, and John Scott.
Dean lived on this acreage where he enjoyed collecting John Deere tractors and flying small airplanes, and even built a landing strip next to his house called “Jukam’s Landing”. He was a pilot for many years and loved to fly. Dean was well known in the area for the many tractor rides he participated in as well as for the years he would take the elementary kids on airplane rides. He was a member of the Central Iowa Tractor Club. Dean was an active participant in the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology alumni association and also a proud supporter of Iowa State University. He was very close with his high school classmates of 1958 and never missed a reunion or a chance to meet up with his old friends.
In July of 1991, he married his high school sweetheart, Madeline (Maddie) Stoltz-Hauge. They lived on the acreage until 1998 when they moved to Clive, IA. Maddie passed away in June of 2002 after a long and courageous battle with cancer.
Professional associations include Associated Air Balance Council (AABC) – Certified Test & Balance Engineer, Associated Air Balance Council Commissioning Group (ACG) - Certified Commissioning Agent, American Society of Heating, Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) – Lifetime Member, and Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning Contractors National Association (SMACNA).
Dean was a member of Lutheran Church of Hope in West Des Moines, and was preceded in death by his wife Madeline and his parents Clarence and Ardis (Hegdahl) Jukam. He will be remembered fondly by his many friends and family who always enjoyed his big smile, quick wit, and the many jokes he told.
Grateful for having shared his life are his children, Kimberly Weaver-Fritzsche (Greg) of Primghar, IA and Johanna Bowden (Justin) of Shawnee, KS; step-daughter Kristen Beyer (Rob) of Mound, MN; grandchildren, K.C., Corbin, and Grant Weaver and Jesse Dean and Jack Bowden and Paige and Ryann Beyer; brother Donald Jukam (Elaine) of Poulsbo, WA; nieces, Sonja Rakicevic (Miki) of North Hollywood, CA and Rekha Jukam of Los Angeles, CA; girlfriend, Cheryl Cowden of Waukee, IA; as well as many other relatives and friends.
Visitation will be held 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. Thursday, April 5, 2018 at Johnson Family Funeral Home & Crematory in Stuart, Iowa. Funeral services will be held 11:00 A.M. Friday, April 6, at the Lutheran Church of Hope in West Des Moines where a visitation will be held prior to the service from 10:00 to 11:00 A.M. at the church. A graveside burial service will take place at 4:00 P.M. Saturday, April 7th in Restlawn Cemetery located in Huron, South Dakota.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Dean Jukam Memorial Fund through the Johnson Family Funeral Home.
The family asks that if you wish to send flowers that you support the local florist in Stuart. The phone number is 515-523-2264.