Obit: Levering Babcock


Levering Lavern Babcock, 83, of Wilton, Iowa died Monday, Oct. 11, 2021 at Simpson Memorial Home in West Liberty, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 17 at Bentley Funeral Home, Wilton. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m., Monday, Oct. 18 at Bentley Funeral Home, Wilton. Burial will take place in Oakdale Cemetery, Wilton.

Memorials may be given to Wilton Fire Department or St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Online condolences may be left at

Vern was born on Nov. 30, 1937, the son of Irving and Elsie (Miller) Babcock. He graduated from Wilton High School with the class of 1956. Vern married Ruby White on April 11, 1959 in Wilton. Ruby passed away on June 21, 2014.

Vern worked for Oscar Meyer in Davenport, and Grunder Construction in Wilton. Vern was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Wilton. He volunteered with the Wilton Fire Department, and was a member of the Moose Club in Muscatine. Vern enjoyed hunting, fishing and beer — especially his Miller Lite. He also crafted his own dandelion wine.

He liked old cars, collecting guns and playing cards. He was an avid Cubs, Bears and Iowa Hawkeye fan. Most of all, Vern loved telling stories and jokes with his family and friends.

Vern will be dearly missed by two daughters, Terri (Randy) Garvin of Wilton, and Kelly (Randy) Dennis of Clarence; five grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and one sister, Jacque Dusenberry of Moscow.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Ruby; one sister, Betty Jean Oostendorp; one brother, Russ Babcock; and one brother-in-law, Dwayne Dusenberry.

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