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Douglas "Digger" Cheevers

April 21, 1949 - September 6, 2019
From: Spencer, IA
Douglas "Digger" Cheevers

Douglas "Digger" Cheevers

Born: April 21, 1949
Died: September 6, 2019
Age: 70

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It is my privilege to tell you of the life of my husband, Digger! Digger was a giant of a man, that loved the Lord, his family, and kids, everybody’s kids! Yes, at Foundation he was known as kid whisperer! 

Douglas Jon Cheevers was born on April 21, 1949, to Howard Cheevers and Pearl (Faust) Cheevers in Sioux Rapids, Iowa! Digger graduated from Sioux Rapids High School, class of 1967. He was drafted and served his country in Germany as a military policeman from 1969 to 1971.  He returned home from Germany and worked at Spencer Foods and then Eaton Corporation until he turned 59! 

Dig loved retirement and soon realized his passion for bicycles! Riding and fixing them up to give them to kids and adults, a ministry of sharing the love of Jesus with others through a bike! There were times we had up to 300 bikes in our backyard, and he would know if even one had been moved! The first year he gave away over 400 bikes and every year after at least 200! 

Digger and I were married on September 4, 1994, after I had been Born again! I asked him! That is when you know someone loves ya; if you live together for over 20 years and they will still marry you! 

In 1995, Diggers’s son, Kurt convinced him to attend a Promises Keepers convention with him. He came home knowing Jesus as his Savior!

I have always said Kurt was the bonus when I married Digger, and Sheli, our daughter-in-law and our Grands, Xander, and Audra, make our family complete! They are our loves as well as our social life!

Digger and I loved the hours we spent in the golf cart together and have been known to do as many as four movies in one day! We did short term mission trips and led small groups. He was my biggest encourager!

Over the last few weeks the comment that we have heard the most, from so many, is, ‘I always wanted to be like Digger, in his kindness, his strength, his honesty, and love of the Lord!’

Quoting one of Kurt’s friend, “your dad was and always will be larger than life to many people, including me!”

Digger died on September 6, after a very short battle with a very rare, aggressive cancer. Playing his best games of golf, a 41 and 42 a week before entering hospital!

Digger was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers and sister; by my parents and my little brother, who always looked at Digger as a father figure. 

Digger’s legacy lives on in Kurt, Sheli, Xander, and Audra! He is survived by his three brothers; one sister and their families; my two sisters; my sister in-law and their families! Both of our extended families and many, many, friends!

Jesus said it best in Matthew 7:12 “Do to others whatever you would like them to do to you.” This is how Digger lived his life. A life well lived! 





SERVICES
Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 A.M., Tuesday, September 10, 2019, at Foundation Church in Spencer.

Luncheon will follow at Grand Ave Community Outreach.
OFFICIATING
Pastor Nicholas Hanges
CASKET BEARERS
Erik Johnson
Jesse Steece
Shayne Cheevers
Ron Hamrick
Kyle Norris
Denny Summers
VISITATION
Will begin on Monday, September 9, 2019, at 4:00 P.M. with the family present from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. at Foundation Church in Spencer.
MUSIC
"Earth Has No Sorrow That Heaven Can't Heal"
By Marcia Cheevers

"Reckless Love"
By Jake Sanchez

"Seven Bridges Road"
CD

Congregational Hymn
"Amazing Grace"

Prelude and Postlude
By Praise and Worship Team

Condolences

Friday, September 20, 2019 at 7:54 PM
“Im sorry for your loss.”
- Holly A Sorenson
Thursday, September 19, 2019 at 7:58 AM
“Digger was a very special person and one I will always remember fondly. I hope all the memories you have and those memories shared help you through this difficult time. Sherry Roland Anderson”
- Sherry Roland Anderson
Thursday, September 12, 2019 at 8:53 PM
“Dear Marcia, Kurt, Shelli and family, We are sorry for your loss of Digger and he will be missed by all. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May God Bless you and watch over you. Mike and Mary Monroe”
- Mike & Mary Monroe
Wednesday, September 11, 2019 at 10:24 AM
“So sorry for your loss. God bless you all.”
- Barbie Walker
Tuesday, September 10, 2019 at 9:46 AM
“We will miss you so much Digger. Sarah and I loved getting hugs from you. You had such a sweet spirit. I can see Digger and my mom and dad praising Jesus. ”
- Dawn Alons
Tuesday, September 10, 2019 at 9:46 AM
“Marcia, the Grand Avenue Community Outreach grieves with you over the loss of Digger. Our mission could not have survived without the devotion and love you two have provided. May God be with you, supporting you, loving you, during these difficult days and beyond.”
- Bill Kersting
Tuesday, September 10, 2019 at 7:52 AM
“My deepest sympathies to you Marcia and family. What a wonderful legacy he left! Kathy VanPelt”
- Kathy VanPelt
Tuesday, September 10, 2019 at 7:52 AM
“I will miss Digger's smile. I will miss the two of you going by on the motorcycle honking & waving. My heart goes out to all of you.”
- Kristi Hoger
Tuesday, September 10, 2019 at 7:52 AM
“Digger is with God, No more pain.
Digger knows the Kingdom of Heaven. What a wonderful thing. May you find peace in your faith.
We miss him.
Our condolences to you all
- Lisa and Mary
Tuesday, September 10, 2019 at 7:52 AM
“Our prayers go to the whole family. So sorry for your loss. Stay strong and God will bring you through the tough times ahead. Always remember the good times you shared.”
- Rodney Boetel & Donald Wildrick
Tuesday, September 10, 2019 at 7:52 AM
“Marcia, Kurt and Family
Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. Digger was such an amazing man who will be missed by everyone that had the pleasure of knowing him!! Sending prayers of comfort and peace. ”
- Dawn Green Fletcher
Monday, September 9, 2019 at 4:32 PM
“Our sympathy to the Cheevers family. Our thought and prayers are with you. Digger was loved by many.”
- Heather, Tanner and P.J.
Monday, September 9, 2019 at 1:20 PM
“I have been friends with Shayne, Colt, and Porky for years. I remember Digger when I was a boy in Macks Creek and he was riding his harley. He has a wonderful family and Dutch and I became friends when he lived here. I pray for your family and for God to keep his comforting arms around you.w”
- James Russell
Monday, September 9, 2019 at 12:22 PM
“Thoughts and prayers with the family. The world lost an amazing person with a big heart. ”
- Rhonda Hillard Meyer
Monday, September 9, 2019 at 9:34 AM
“We are so grieved at the loss of Digger. He was such a kind and generous man. We do rejoice that Digger is now with Jesus. No words that we can say can express our sorrow or ease your pain and grief in losing such a giant servant of God. We are forever honored and blessed to have known him. Please know that we are praying for you all to feel God’s love, comfort, and peace as you experience this huge void in your lives and the lives of so many, many others. We like to picture Jesus greeting Jesus with the words “I love you and well done, good and faithful servant.”
- Tim and Mary Frank
Monday, September 9, 2019 at 9:23 AM
“My Sympathy to you and all of your Family.”
- Doyle Engebretson
Monday, September 9, 2019 at 9:00 AM
“Prayers for peace and strength that passes all understanding. As brothers and sisters in the Lord we do weep with you but not as those with no hope. But as children of the King who know that one day we too shall graduate to Glory. ”
- Tim & Lorie Wittmaack
Monday, September 9, 2019 at 9:00 AM
“To all that loved Digger....... To my Marcia and family My heart hurts that yours is hurting ! But know that there are so many people praying for you and for the peace to take over and for the love to flow just what Digger would want from all of you "SHOW THE LOVE" !!!! He was bigger than life just like you are Marcia and we just have to remember we will be reunited in heaven someday ! May God Walk Next To You ”
- Rhonda Olson
Monday, September 9, 2019 at 7:58 AM
“My thoughts and prayers go out to the cheever family. May god be with you. God bless. Kurt your father was a nice man to many and thank him for his military service. ”
- Jerry menke
Monday, September 9, 2019 at 7:58 AM
“Marcia, What a tribute to a Gracious Man of God❤️ His Children Mission was over the Top🎈🎈🎈🎈🎈🎈🎈I pray his legacy lives on through His Family and Friends💙 Prayers for you and the family 🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏❤️”
- Carol Campbell
Monday, September 9, 2019 at 7:58 AM
“So sorry to hear of Diggers passing. Was a great guy. May god be with the family. ”
- Steve Hall
Monday, September 9, 2019 at 7:58 AM
“Digger was a joy to know and work with at Eaton. I will always remember his bright smile and beautiful sense of humor. He was one of those people you will never forget and think of often. Bless you Marcia for writing such a beautiful tribute, I could see him in every word. ”
- Cindy Munden
Monday, September 9, 2019 at 7:58 AM
“May the comfort of gods love fill you with hope & peace. You have our deepest sympathy ”
- Robin & Paul Hockett
Monday, September 9, 2019 at 7:57 AM
“Digger touched many lives while he was with us on earth! He will be missed by many! May God comfort you at this difficult time! Your VDC Sister, Lynette Hyndman”
- Lynette Hyndman
Monday, September 9, 2019 at 7:57 AM
“Wonderful tribute to Digger. We can feel your love Marcia. You have a wonderful, close knit family to help each other get thru this and with the help of our Lord Jesus you will. Cherish those awesome memories. You have many. Love to you and your family. Lon and Cheryl”
- Lon and Cheryl Noblw
Monday, September 9, 2019 at 7:57 AM
“What an awesome life he lived... I’m sure his Creator is well pleased. Prayers for your family from our home. How neat he was able to enjoy golf a week before going to his heavenly home. ❤️ Love from the Overmire’s ”
- Tim & Roni Overmire Family
Monday, September 9, 2019 at 7:57 AM
“My thoughts and prayers with the family.”
- Chavon (Parks) Struve
Monday, September 9, 2019 at 7:57 AM
“Prayers of comfort to your family as you honor Diggers amazing life!”
- Luana Nair
Monday, September 9, 2019 at 7:57 AM
“Marcia
So sorry to learn of Digger's passing.
God will give you strength to face each day! ”
- lori crabb
Monday, September 9, 2019 at 7:57 AM
“Marcia and family, I'm so very sorry for your loss. Digger was such a amazing man of God and I know he will be missed. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Peace be with you.❣️”
- Tami Diekmann
Monday, September 9, 2019 at 7:57 AM
“It is an awesome thing to know that saying goodbye to a brother in Christ on this side of Glory means I will see him again in Eternity on the other side of Glory. Only Jesus can make that happen and That’s Why We Praise Him!! We love you Marcia Cheevers and Family y’all shine so bright, y’all have that Jesus glow.

Your Brother In Christ
Denny Somers”
- Denny Somers
Monday, September 9, 2019 at 7:56 AM
“Marcia, sorry to read of Digger's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. ”
- Jim Zweifel
Monday, September 9, 2019 at 7:56 AM
“DEAR MARCIA
SO SORRY TO HEAR OF THE LOSS OF YOUR SOULMATE. MAY GOD HOLD YOU IN HIS COMFORTING ARMS.
JANELLE HYDE MADISON”
- Janelle Hyde Madison
Monday, September 9, 2019 at 7:56 AM
“What beautiful heart-felt tribute to the life of the man you loved. Even though I never met Digger, I really felt I knew him through your vivid loving descriptions though the years. A life well lived. ”
- Mary Gross Korthas
Sunday, September 8, 2019 at 10:42 AM
“sending my sympathies to you and your family”
- Nicole Christensen
Sunday, September 8, 2019 at 10:28 AM
“Tears of sadness for you, joy for Digger...continued prayer for you, Kurt, Sheli, Xander and Audra. Praise God for eternity where you will be that three cord strand forever and ever. May God comfort you all now and in the days to come. ”
- Barb Krumm
Sunday, September 8, 2019 at 10:28 AM
“What a beautiful tribute to a SPECIAL guy!!! May God's arm surround you. Marcia Kurt and family!!! He is our Comfort!!!”
- Les and Karen
Sunday, September 8, 2019 at 10:28 AM
“God loves you and so do we. Hugs and prayers unceasing for you and yours. Call anytime. ”
- Jackie & RD Kelley
Sunday, September 8, 2019 at 10:28 AM
“Marcia, Kurt, Sheli, Xander, Audra --
We were so sad to hear about Digger's diagnosis and passing. Marcia we love you dearly and always here for you... Xander and Audra... what a special relationship you had with your grandpa, treasure it, share your memories. I feel like I watched you grow up through the eyes of your "James".
Kurt and Sheli, my heart goes out to you as well, and you'll all be in my prayers... not just now during this time but all those other times - those firsts and any other moment that comes up, may God wrap all of you up in His arms in the form of other friends and family. God bless you!! ”
- Carl & Stephanie Napp
Sunday, September 8, 2019 at 10:28 AM
“Marcia, Kurt and family I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Digger was a good man, I always enjoyed working with him at Eatons. Now that Digger is free from pain, illness, and with his creator; I pray for strength and comfort for the family in this time of such a great loss. God Bless”
- Mary Jo Henderson
Sunday, September 8, 2019 at 10:28 AM
“The blessings given to me just by having Digger interact with me, my girls, and my grandchildren is beyond priceless and precious. Thank you for being such a huge blessing to us. I am eternally grateful and send prayers to lift your hearts.”
- Sarah Bush
Sunday, September 8, 2019 at 10:28 AM
“Digger's time in this world is over . . . God needed another angel. May God give you and your family the peace that surpasses all understanding. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.”
- Ruben & Donnis Stugart
Sunday, September 8, 2019 at 10:28 AM
“Digger will be greatly missed by many his kindness spread joy where ever he was. May God comfort you in your time of need.”
- Tiffany OBrien
Sunday, September 8, 2019 at 10:28 AM
“To the Douglas (Digger) Cheevers families
You all have my condolences for the loss of such a great person
I know what you all are feeling at this time of such pain and sorrow
I remember when his Nephew Ted Urban and I went to his mom's for a holiday get together he was a really sweet person to me”
- Joanna Buhsmann/Knuths
Sunday, September 8, 2019 at 10:28 AM
“Marcia, Kurt, and family
So sorry to hear of Digger’s passing. He was a wonderful friend of mine. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. Love to all”
- Connie Van Ness
Sunday, September 8, 2019 at 10:27 AM
“Marcia & Family,

Much love to you all during this time. Digger was a wonderful man and he will continue to live on through each of you.
Cassie McCreary”
- Cassie McCreary
Sunday, September 8, 2019 at 10:27 AM
“My thoughts are with you. I am deeply sorry for your loss.”
- Wendy Urban
Sunday, September 8, 2019 at 10:27 AM
“our thoughts and prayers go out to all of Digger's family at this time of sorrow …… Godspeed Digger …..”
- Rhonda & Steve (goobe) Essick
Sunday, September 8, 2019 at 10:27 AM
“A wonderful tribute for a wonderful man. Digger was my friend and classmate. The two of you formed a union whose evolution and growth would not have been as greatly impactful separate. You were brought together for a reason. Rest in His loving embrace my friend and may you, Marcia and family, take comfort in your unswerving faith and the knowledge of life everlasting. ”
- Roy Koeppe
Sunday, September 8, 2019 at 10:27 AM
“So sorry for your loss Marcia Digger was a very awesome human being”
- Bobbie Nixon Waddell
Saturday, September 7, 2019 at 4:41 PM
“So sorry to learn of Digger’s death. I pray God will give Marcia and all the family peace and comfort. God bless you all.”
- Jim Burnette
Saturday, September 7, 2019 at 4:15 PM
“Marcia and family, you have our condolences. We're both heartbroken and full of rejoicing at the hearing of Digger's passing. On the one hand, heartbroken because he's gone from our lives for a short while, but on the other hand overcome with joy and hope because he's now free from sin, sickness, and the grave because of his beautiful relationship with his Savior, Jesus. Because of this, it's not "goodbye", only "see you later."”
- Mark & Chelsey Feauto
Saturday, September 7, 2019 at 4:15 PM
“We are saddened to hear of Diggers passing. Prayers for you and the family. May our LORD JESUS wrap his arms around you all. Digger was a blessing to many he will be missed. He made so many happy with the gift of a bike. He could take a bike fix it up a little and put a huge smile on someones face and heart. He was loved by many we shall see you again in the name of JESUS.”
- Tracy S Carter
Saturday, September 7, 2019 at 4:15 PM
“Kurt & family- I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Thoughts and prayers of peace for you all💕”
- Carrie Calhoon
Saturday, September 7, 2019 at 2:44 PM
“Our hearts break with yours. Digger was such a blessing to so many, and leaves a big hole within us now that he is gone. 1 Thessalonians 4:13 and 2 Corinthians 5:8, we grieve, but not as those without hope, for we know that while he is absent from his earthly body, he is present with the Lord. This is our only consolation, knowing that Digger is with Jesus-- no more suffering, or pain, or tears, and we will see him again. We love you Cheevers family, and we are here for you. Peace and comfort to you in the name of Jesus. ”
- The Feldhackers
Saturday, September 7, 2019 at 2:42 PM
“So sorry to hear about Digger. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Love Oren an Kathy”
- Oren Geisinger
Saturday, September 7, 2019 at 2:40 PM
“So sorry about digger ..he will be greatly missed but imagine how happy he is now”
- Cher lindahl
Saturday, September 7, 2019 at 2:39 PM
“Oh my gosh! I'm so sorry Marcia!”
- Tia Hofmeyer
Saturday, September 7, 2019 at 2:39 PM
“So sorry to hear of Diggers passing. He was always a great friend to dad. May he fly high and Rev engines with my dad. Thinking of you all.”
- Penny white
Saturday, September 7, 2019 at 1:11 PM
“May Jesus wrap his arms around you and give you peace and comfort. We are sorry for the loss of Digger and will continue to say prayers for you and your family”
- Judy (Scott)Brausey
Saturday, September 7, 2019 at 1:11 PM
“I am so sorry to hear of Diggers passing. He was a wonderful man. Prayers for your whole family. ”
- Jennifer Rieck (Brooks)
Saturday, September 7, 2019 at 11:46 AM
“Marcia and family, I am so sorry to hear about Digger. He left a lasting impact on many lives. You have my deepest sympathy and prayers
- Barb Kerns
Saturday, September 7, 2019 at 11:46 AM
“We love you and miss you more than you’ll ever know! The Hanges Family”
- Nicholas Demetrios Hanges
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