Heath Adam Hoadley, 43, of Iowa City, and formerly of Fairfield, passed away on Sunday, November 8, 2020.
Heath Hoadley was born on October 28, 1977 in Fairfield, Iowa to Richard and Danella Hoadley. Heath graduated from Fairfield High School in 1996 and received an AA from Indian Hills Community College. He then earned a brewmaster certificate from the Siebel Institute of Technology’s World Brewing Academy after training in Munich, Germany and Goose Island Brewery in Chicago. He subsequently worked in numerous restaurants, bars and breweries in Oregon, Washington, Kansas and Eastern Iowa.
Heath was loving, kind-hearted and compassionate for all things living. He was known for delivering candy bars to medical staff in Iowa City, honored vets by helping place flags in Fairfield’s Central Park and enjoyed his special friends at the Fairfield VFW. He was also known for his quick wit and creative puns.
Heath relished spending time with his family, friends, nieces and nephews. He enjoyed the outdoors, listening to music, especially his friend Steve McLain’s Jefferson County Green Band and the group Phish. He subsequently named his cat Phish. He loved watching sports including University of Iowa football and the Oregon Ducks.
Heath is survived by his parents Steve and Danella Van Tasell of Fort Myers, FL/Tiffin, IA; Richard Hoadley of Springdale, AR; sisters Heather (Chad) Lowry of Iowa City and Aspen (John) Lohman of North Liberty; stepbrothers Patrick Van Tasell of Swisher and Michael Van Tasell of South Carolina; stepsister Katie Van Tasell of Aberdeen, NC and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts and an uncle.
Heath was preceded in death by his grandparents Daniel and Catherine Young and Claude and Maxine Randall, all of Fairfield and his uncle Ross Davis.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Noah’s Arc No-Kill Animal Shelter in Fairfield or the Wounded Warriors Project.
Celebrating Heath's Life will be 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., Saturday, June 19, 2021, at Jefferson County Park, Shelter #3. Fairfield, Iowa. If it rains, the Celebration will be moved to the VFW. Our family invites you to help us share Heath's love of music, friendship and family. There will be live music proved by his lifelong friend, Steve McLain. You are welcome to bring you lawn chairs and enjoy the pond, music and gathering with friends. We look forward to sharing stories of Heath's loving nature and how he made an imprint on each of our life's.
Arrangements are in the care of Behner Funeral Home in Fairfield. Cards and well wishes can be sent to Steve and Danella Van Tasell at 1334 Moon Flower Ave., Tiffin, Iowa 52340.
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