Jeffrey Gahman

Jeffrey Alan Gahman

Sunday, August 20th, 1961 - Monday, December 2nd, 2019
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Jeffrey A. Gahman, 58, of Independence, IA died on Monday, December 2, 2019 at his home.

Jeff was born on August 20, 1961 in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, the son of William E. and Dorothy W. (Bartholomew) Gahman. He was a 1979 graduate of Pennridge High School in Perkasie, Pennsylvania. After high school, he took his love and talent for welding and fabrication and turned it into a career. For the next several years, he worked on heavy equipment, commercial elevators, and other precision welding projects. In 1987 he married Shelley Waskow. In the early nineties, they made their home in Independence, IA with their two children, but later divorced.

Jeff worked for Real Racing Wheels in Independence, IA for several years. While working there, he was able to combine his love for dirt track racing with welding as he made a living building wheels for local and professional race teams. For the last thirteen years, he worked for John Deere in Waterloo, IA. He held a variety of jobs in large tractor production. He was also a member of the UAW 848.

Jeff had a passion for tinkering. He spent countless hours working on motorcycles, cars, and anything else he felt that he could "improve". Some of his most notable fabrications are not limited to but include; a drift trike with a detachable rear end, custom bike ramps used to move motorcycles into "winter storage" (the kitchen), and an ornate fence for an outdoor air unit.

His favorite time spent was with his daughters. They enjoyed going to the races, attending car shows, and sharing in Jeff's other passion, fishing and cruising the Wapsi.

He is survived by his mother, Dorothy Gahman of Bedminster Twp., PA; his daughters, Carly (Marcus) Wayne of Independence, IA and Cora (Cole) Campbell of Waterloo, IA; a grandson, Warren Robert Campbell; two brothers; Thomas (Beatrice) Gahman of Riegelsville, PA and R. Scott (Christine) Gahman of Bethlehem, PA, and a sister, Debora Gahman of Bedminster Twp., PA.

Jeff is preceded in death by his father, William E. Gahman.

As an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be made to either the American Heart Association or a local animal shelter.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date.
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  • Visitation

    Saturday, December 28th, 2019 | 1:00pm - 4:00pm
    Saturday, December 28th, 2019 1:00pm - 4:00pm
    Reiff Family Center - Independence
    216 3rd Ave SE
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  • Service

    Saturday, December 28th, 2019 | 1:00pm
    Saturday, December 28th, 2019 1:00pm
    Reiff Family Center Community Room
    216 3rd Ave SE
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    A Celebration of Life will be held from 1 PM until 4 PM on Saturday December 28, 2019 In the Reiff Family Center Community Room in Independence


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Joe Heim

Posted at 10:05pm
To the family of Jeff: So sorry to hear about Jeff's passing. Jeff and I were co-workers at Deere's. I would deliver parts to Jeff . My job was sort-of hard and Jeff knew it, but he would make light of it and call me Gravy Train. I enjoyed all of his funny t-shirts that his sister had made for him. One t-shirt that comes to mind is the one that said "Don't let my riding interfere with your phone call!" LOL! We had a lot of fun times joking around with one another. Jeff will be missed by all. Heaven has in store who thou has lost. I TELL YOU THE TRUTH, HE WHO BELIEVES HAS EVERLASTING LIFE. JOHN 6:47 . Sincerely, Joe Heim


Carly wayne Posted at 01:56pm

Again, the nicknames! I was actually the one to make the shirts for him as I worked at a shirt place previously. He would always come up with these crazy ideas and then I would have to bring them to life! I'm pretty sure I got a lot of creativity from him! Thanks Joe, for sharing! It's always comforting to hear "new" storeis about Dad. He will be truly missed! (By more than I think he would realize)

Brandon James Knudsen

Posted at 10:40pm
Enjoyed working with Jeff at JD. Also worked with his Son in Law, Cole, at Martin Brothers. Made the mistake of telling him my nickname I received while I was in the military and had to hear him call me that all the time.... now I’m going to miss that

Carly wayne Posted at 01:52pm

Great memory of dad. He came up with nicknames for everyone. I always enjoyed hearing his reasoning behind them. Thanks for sharing Brandon. -Carly

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