In Memory of Deb J. Markert

Deb J. Markert
Deb J. Markert
Born: May 1, 1953
Died: January 8, 2022
Age: 68
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Deb J. Markert
May 1, 1953 - January 8, 2022
From: Battle Creek, IA

Deb Markert, age 68, of Battle Creek, Iowa, passed away on Saturday, January 8, 2022, at the Willow Dale Wellness Village of Battle Creek, Iowa.

A Memorial Service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, January 12, 2022, at the First Presbyterian Church of Battle Creek, Iowa. Eugene Tolstedt will officiate. A Visitation will be held prior to the service from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., on Wednesday, January 12, 2022, at the First Presbyterian Church of Battle Creek, Iowa. Committal Services will follow in the Mt. Hope Cemetery of Battle Creek, Iowa.

The Christensen-Van Houten Funeral Home of Battle Creek, Iowa, is in charge of the funeral arrangements. Condolences may be sent online at

Deborah “Deb” Markert, the daughter of Norman and Donna (Kunkel) Bockelman, was born on May 1, 1953, in Ida Grove, Iowa. Deb grew up on a farm west of Battle Creek, Iowa and graduated from Battle Creek High School with the class of 1971.

On May 6, 1972, Deb married John Tarr in the St. John’s Lutheran Church of Battle Creek. To this union two sons were born, Corey and Casey. During this time Deb enjoyed being a stay-at-home mother raising her boys. The couple later parted ways. 

In 1990, Deb met Larry Markert and later the couple married on October 30, 1999, in the First Presbyterian Church of Battle Creek. Larry had two sons, Andy and Nic. Together Deb and Larry were blessed with two daughters, Kimberly and Cassidy.

You may remember Deb’s friendly smile from her many years of waitressing or from working at the local gas station. Deb was a faithful member of the First Presbyterian Church of Battle Creek where she was active as a Deacon and was active on numerous committees. In the past she also taught Sunday school, worked the annual harvest dinner, and attended Bible study.

Deb enjoyed camping, playing marbles and cards, reading, gardening, cooking, cross stitch, spending time with her family and being a faithful servant of the Lord.

Left to cherish her memory include her loving husband Larry Markert of Battle Creek, IA; children: Corey (Sarah) Tarr of Battle Creek, IA and Casey (Tammi) Tarr of Battle Creek, IA, Kimberly (Joe) Markert-Bach of Des Moines, IA, Cassidy (Jonathon Peters) Markert of Ida Grove, IA, Andrew (April) Seydel of Urbandale, IA and Nicholas (Katie) Seydel of Ankeny, IA; 8 grandchildren: Nathaniel Tarr, Natalie Tarr, Alexis Tarr, William Tarr, Charlie Peters, Crew Peters, Ethan Seydel and Ebon Seydel; brothers Gary (Betty Treiber) Bockelman and Dan (Tabitha) Bockelman all of Battle Creek, IA; mother-in-law Bessie Deimel of Manson, IA; extended family and a host of friends.

Deb was preceded in death by her parents Norman and Donna Bockelman. 


10:30 a.m., Wednesday,
January 12, 2022
First Presbyterian Church
Battle Creek, Iowa


Eugene Tolstedt


Honorary Pallbearers
Nathaniel Tarr
Natalie Tarr
Alexis Tarr
William Tarr
Charlie Peters
Crew Peters
Ethan Seydel
Ebon Seydel


One-Hour Prior to the Service
9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Wednesday, January 12, 2022
First Presbyterian Church
Battle Creek, Iowa


"I Can Only Imagine" ~ recorded
"Nobody Knows" ~ solo
"Amazing Grace, My Chains Are Gone" ~ recorded

Joseph Bach, Musician


Mt. Hope Cemetery
Battle Creek, Iowa


Monday, January 24, 2022 at 9:05 AM
“My thoughts and prayers to your family as you face this difficult loss. Deb was a remarkable person, had an infectious smile and was always willing to go the extra mile. She will be missed terribly, but is now at rest with her Lord and Savior.”
- Lorraine Davis
Wednesday, January 19, 2022 at 4:52 PM
“Deb im going to miss you so much i wish we would have been able to camp. God gave me the best sister-n-law. love you ”
- Tabtitha Bockelman
Tuesday, January 18, 2022 at 8:55 AM
“Sending much love and hugs to Deb's entire family.”
- The Willow Dale Wellness Village Family
Thursday, January 13, 2022 at 9:18 AM
“Debbie and I road the bus to school together and we stayed over overnight with each other. We were best friends in grade school. She was a beautiful person and had a wonderful smile!”
- Connie HorstmanHorn
Thursday, January 13, 2022 at 9:18 AM
“Jerry and I have memories of Deb and her positive attitude and infectious laugh always come up. Our sympathy and prayers to all the family. Jerry and Deb Payne”
- Deb Payne
Wednesday, January 12, 2022 at 9:21 AM
“My Deepest Sympathy to Larry & the entire family. I will miss her smile and was a great person in all ways. I have known Deb my entire life as a classmate, friend,& neighbor to my folks. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. ”
- Frances Oeffner (Rossow)
Tuesday, January 11, 2022 at 9:58 AM
“That picture fits Deb... Always had a smile. She worked for me back in the 90's at JV's corral then when the kids opened Freds place Deb was there... she was the best... What a great gal to work with. If the world could all be like Deb, it would be a lot better place... RIP Dear Girl... U will be missed. Sincere condolences to all the family. ”
Tuesday, January 11, 2022 at 9:58 AM
“Larry & Family,
You’re in my thoughts and prayers! I will always remember Deb’s smile and good humor…RIP my friend!”
- Janet Schmidt
Tuesday, January 11, 2022 at 9:58 AM
“My sincere condolences to the family. Deb was always a nice friendly person. She is in heaven now and will truly be missed as a lifelong resident. Such a sweet gentle soul.”
- Mike Sorensen
Tuesday, January 11, 2022 at 9:58 AM
“My sincerest sympathies to your entire family during this very difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with you.”
- Sherry (Hinrichs) Schmidt
Tuesday, January 11, 2022 at 9:58 AM
“My deepest sympathies to your family. I have fond memories of Deb, ranging from when we were kids to as an adult. She had an infectious laugh, and she will be missed. I think of her every time I make Trix bars. You are all on my heart, sending prayers for peace and comfort. ”
- Alicia Watkins
Tuesday, January 11, 2022 at 9:58 AM
“I am so sorry I never know Debs large and wonderful family. I wish I had been around more. I have always cared a great deal for Deb and her loss will be felt by many. I wish I could be there but I can no longer travel. I just want you to know that I truely loved that woman. I feel your sorrow.”
- Karen A Bliss ( Mildenstein )
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