Justin R. "Dusty" Kehoe

Sep 14, 2019
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11:00 a.m. Thursday, September 19, 2019, at St. Edward Catholic Church, 1423 Kimball Avenue, Waterloo


4:00 to 7:00 PM Wednesday, September 18, 2019, with a 3:30 PM Rosary Service and 7:00 PM Vigil Service at Locke Funeral Home, 1519 West 4th St., Waterloo, and also for an hour before services at the church


Mt. Olivet Cemetery where military honors will be conducted by Evansdale AMVETS Post 31, Waterloo AMVETS Post 19, and the Iowa Army National Guard Honor Guard



Justin R. “Dusty” Kehoe, 71, of Waterloo, IA, died Saturday, September 14, 2019, at his home.

He was born July 15, 1948, in Waterloo, the son of John J. and Eunice C. Connell Kehoe and graduated from Waterloo Columbus High School in 1967. He served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War.

He married Rita A. Poyner December 20, 1975, at the Little Brown Church in the Vale, Nashua. Dusty worked at John Deere for many years, starting as a forklift driver. He retired as a purchasing agent in 2000.

He was a member of St. Edward Catholic Church. Dusty was a great bowler who had a 220 average and bowled several perfect games. He was in the city bowling hall of fame. Dusty was a huge fan of the Iowa Hawkeyes and Chicago Cubs. He loved his country and was proud to have served, earning a Bronze Star for his service during Vietnam. He was a humble man who loved the Lord. Above all he loved his family, friends, grandchildren and his faithful dog, Maggie.

Dusty is survived by his wife, Rita; three sons, Heath (Sarah) Kehoe of North Liberty, IA, Joshua (Shelley) Kehoe of Johnston, IA, and Brent (Jacqui) Kehoe of Geneseo, IL; eight grandchildren, Regan and Bradlea Kerr, Zach and Alex Kehoe, Chase and Kaelly Danielson, and Claire and Cedric Kehoe; two brothers, Jerome (Pauline) Kehoe of Waterloo‚ and Joseph (Cathy) Kehoe of Eau Claire, WI; two sisters, Monica (Jim) Artes of Fort Myers, FL, and Melanie Jensen of Chandler‚ AZ; sister in law, Nancy Kehoe; and his beloved companion, Maggie.

Dusty's sister, Peggy McKinstry, died on Sunday, September 15, 2019.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, James and John Kehoe; and his sister and brother in law, Carmen and Mark Skyles.






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  1. larry nauholz | Sep 19, 2019

    Rita and Boys,

    Dusty and I were in the "bargaining unit" together and started on salary the same day doing the same job on different shifts in the old 4A truck shop. Those were some great times shared with a lot of good people, unfortunately, we just lost another old soldier. I have some found memories of the "kid" as he was called by our elders working 3rd while I was the "boy" on 2nd. They cut us no slack but we gave it right back. Now he joins Chris, Jimmy, DW, "Delbo", Ronnie, RIP my friend... 

  2. Tom Keating | Sep 19, 2019

     Rita and family,

    I was shocked to hear of Dusty's passing.  He was a good friend and we spoke every time I saw him at the Isle.  We talked about the old John Deere days, cars especially his GTO and our time in Vietnam. 

    I first met Dusty at John Deere in 1980 at Westfield Ave.  His was a dedicated worker and friend.  We had a lot in common and hit it off right away.

    I know he wasn't in the best of health and it took a toll on him.  He will be missed.  I will always think of him when I'm at the Isle and when ever I see one of those great GTO's.

    May he rest in peace.  I salute this fellow Veteran!

    Tom Keating 

  3. CRAIG WHITE | Sep 19, 2019

     Dusty went through high school with you but basic training was an  awaking for al C 3/3 VETS WE WERE TUFF AS NAILS AFTER Sgt Wallace got through with us RIP MY BROTHER...………..ACE


  4. Linda Larsen | Sep 19, 2019


    Jim and I send our condolences to you and the boys.  We so enjoyed watching the boys when they were small.  I remember the juke box in the basement on Wisner, dancing with Heath and Josh. 

    May God wrap all of you in his embrace.


  5. Ann Fairbanks | Sep 18, 2019

     To the Kehoe Family,

    We are friends from Arizona of Dusty's sister, Melanie Jensen.

     We are so sorry for this tragic loss to Rita, their children and their families. In addition to the great affection we have heard that Melanie had for her brother, just reading the comments above it is obvious that there will be a big hole in all of your lives with this parting.

    As Melanie's friends, we are also so sorry for the entire Kehoe family. We have heard about all of you throughout the years and it has always been obvious how much Melanie loved her family. I am also from a family of seven. The idea of losing a brother and sister so closely together is incomprehensible to me.

    You will all be in our hearts and prayers in the days ahead.

    God be with you all,

    with the sincerest sympathy,

    Ann & Gary Fairbanks 

  6. Cam Kastli | Sep 17, 2019

    Deepest sympathy to the Kehoe family.  Worked at Deere with Dusty.   Great guy to work with, always happy and full of stories.  Prayers to you all..

    Cam Kastli

  7. Marci Vinyard | Sep 16, 2019

     Kehoe Family,

    Condolences from Presrite Corporation, a supplier to John Deere for 40 plus years.  Dusty was fabulous to work with--understanding, honest and good hearted on the job. 

    I have been missing him since the day he retired, no Purchasing contact can compare to him... EVER!    I'm so sorry for your loss. 

    --Marci Vinyard

  8. Marcia Street | Sep 16, 2019


    I am so sorry to learn about the passing of your beloved husband, Dusty.  I am praying you will sense God's direction as he leads you in the days to come.  I know He will never leave you or forsake you.


    Marcia Street

  9. Marcia Street | Sep 16, 2019


    I was sorry to learn about the passing of your beloved husband.  My prayers are with you as you seek God's guidance through your grief.  I know God will never leave you or forsake you.  He will give you the peace you need for each day.


    Marcia Street

  10. Dave and Kathi Latta | Sep 15, 2019


    We were so sorry to learn of your loss. Please know that you will be in our prayers.


  11. Dave and Kathi Latta | Sep 15, 2019


    We were so sorry to learn of Dusty's death. Please know that you will be in our prayers.


  12. Kevan Cortright | Sep 15, 2019

    Rita and family,

    I’m sorry you must endure the loss

    of Dusty. He was a nice guy and

    devoted to you and your family.

    I send you my sympathy and prayers

    for support. God bless and give you strength.

    Sincerely, Kevan Cortright

  13. Patsy Tragord | Sep 15, 2019

    Our thoughts & prayers to the family.


    Patsy & Emmett Tragord


  14. Jean Draude | Sep 15, 2019

    Rita, you and Dusty lived next door to my folks on Wisner. Dr. You were great neighbors and im sure my Dad wiuld give you a bad time!  

    Went to school with Dusty and what a guy. He was a perfect gentleman.

    My  thoughts and prayers are with you and may God give you the strength and courage in the days ahead. 


    Jean Draude

  15. Lisa Hubbard | Sep 15, 2019


    So sorry for your loss. Ill be keeping you and your family in my thoughts!


  16. Erin Kehoe | Sep 14, 2019
    Dusty was my favorite Uncle. He had a gift for making us all feel special and was so much fun to be around. Gone too soon, he will be dearly missed. Rita, Heath, Josh and Brent, you and your families are in my thoughts and prayers.. Love you 2&20 Uncle Dusty ~ The LORD is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed ~ Psalm 34:18 
  17. Columbus High School Alumni | Sep 14, 2019
    Our deepest sympathy to the Kehoe family.
  18. Debra Bachtell | Sep 14, 2019

    Rita and family,  

    My heart aches for your lose Rita. He was a very kind and caring man. My fondest memory was watching him cuddle with his bride on the couch at Mustang Island last winter. I knew his love for you was deep! And what a great host he was for us gals! Praying that God will  give you the strength you will need.                       

    Debra Bachtell

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