Jeff Ditch

Posted February 27, 2013 at 12:37 pm


Jan. 11, 1950 – Feb. 23, 2013

Jeff Ditch, age 63, died Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013 at the U of I Hospitals, Iowa City from an aneurism. 

Funeral services for Jeff were held on Tuesday morning, Feb. 26, 2013  at 11 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Anamosa, with interment in the Holy Cross Cemetery.  Friends called from 4-8 p.m. Monday at Goettsch Funeral Home, Anamosa.  Jeffrey Jerald Ditch was born Jan. 11, 1950 in Anamosa, Iowa.  He was the son of Ralph E. and Florence Kehoe, Ditch.  

Jeff graduated from the Anamosa Community Schools with the class of 1968.  While in high school, Jeff was part of the 1966-1967 Anamosa Basketball Teams.   He went on to attend Northeast Missouri State College, in Kirksville.  In the summers he worked at Stone City Stone Quarry. 

Jeff and  Phyllis Schippers were married on Feb. 12, 1994 in Las Vegas, Nev. 

For many years, Jeff was employed by Kirkwood College as the Librarian at the Iowa Men’s Reformatory.  He retired from that position in 2001.  Jeff then went to work in food service at the Anamosa Community Schools.  He enjoyed working with the other lunch ladies and the kids and missed that after he retired in 2012. 

Other than his family, Jeff’s great passion in life was golf.  He was a member of both Fawn Creek and Wapsi Country Clubs.   He was fortunate enough to have a near perfect golf swing like Fred Couples.   Jeff and his brother Arnie realized a life long dream and played Pebble Beach in October of 2012.  You would often see Jeff driving his street legal Hawkeye Golf Cart on the way to the course or just around town.  He had a unique talent being able to pick up 10 quarters at one time with just his finger tips.  Jeff also enjoyed 1950’s and 60’s  black and white T.V. programs especially Andy Griffith,  reading any newspaper, solving number or word puzzles, yard work and gardening and cooking especially “Stirring the Pot”.  He was a friend to all.  His favorite saying was, “Just One More”.

Surviving are his wife, Phyllis; two daughters, Jenni (Derek) Harksen, Rock, Island, Ill., Angie Van Dyke, Dubuque;  a brother, Arnie Ditch, Monticello; two sisters, Judy (Clete) Keating, Iowa City, Connie Meade, Anamosa; a sister-in-law, JoAnn Ditch,  Arlington, Texas ; his cats, Bert and Squiggy;  all his many nieces and nephews and great and great-great-nieces and nephews that loved him dearly.   

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Terry; and a sister-in-law, Donna Rose Ditch.

Thoughts, memories and condolences may be left at   In lieu of flowers the family asks that memorials be made to Camp Courageous or your choice.