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Nathan Puffett of Arlington

Nathan C. Puffett, 84, of Arlington, Iowa moved to his eternal father’s home where he was greeted with open arms from family and friends that moved on before him on Saturday afternoon, March 27, 2021 at the Good Neighbor Society in Manchester, Iowa.

A Private Family Funeral Service will be held at the Church of Christ in Arlington with Rev. Scott Hall officiating.

Public Visitation: 4:00 to 7:00 P.M. Wednesday, March 31, 2021, at the Jamison-Schmitz Funeral Home in Arlington.

Interment will follow the family funeral at Union Cemetery, Putnam Township, rural Aurora, Iowa with Military Honors.

Condolences may be directed to: Darlene Puffett, 716 Liberty Street, Arlington, Iowa 50606.

Due to recommendations from state and federal health officials during the COVID-19 pandemic, guests are required to wear a mask and social distance. We encourage relatives and friends not able to attend the service to reach out to the family by leaving a message on the funeral home web site, by mail, text or phone.

Nathan Claire Puffett was born December 25, 1936, on the family farm, in rural Arlington, Iowa, the son of Wayne and Enid (Crawford) Puffett. He graduated from Arlington High School in the class of 1955. Shortly after graduating, Nate attended flight school and received his pilot’s license. With his pilot’s license, he did various jobs for a few years until he joined the United States Air Force. He served six years in the Air Force as a medical technician. He served overseas in Newfoundland and finished at the Veteran Administration Medical Center in Iowa City. While serving his country, Nate could not maintain requirements for his pilot’s license, that he regretted for many years. Nathan was united in marriage to Darlene Marie Maser, the love of his life, on April 1, 1966 at Arlington, Iowa. To this union, they were blessed with four children. They settled in Arlington and Nate was employed at Donaldson’s in Oelwein until the company moved. He then worked as a night security guard at the turkey plant in Postville until his retirement. After retirement, he delivered the newspaper bundles for the Oelwein Daily Register. Nate was a longtime member of the Arlington Church of Christ and the Arlington American Legion.

Nathan is survived by his wife of 55 years: Darlene Puffett of Arlington;

2 sons: Leslie (Cindy) Puffett of Preston, Minnesota and

Kelsey Puffett of Arlington;

daughter: Julie Puffett (Steve) of Grimes;

8 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren;

2 brothers: Kenneth (Brenda) Puffett of Claremore, Oklahoma and

Roger (Dena) Puffett of Clarksville, Tennessee;

sister: Norma (Kenard) Lawrence of Theodosia, Missouri;

and several nieces and nephews.

Nate was preceded in death by his parents; son: Dennis Puffett; and 3 brother and 2 sisters-in-law: Jerald (Sherry) Puffett, Leland Puffett and Ardon (Mary Ann) Puffett.

The Puffett Family extends their thanks to the nurses and staff at Good Neighbor Society in Manchester for the excellent care they provided during the last 18 months of Nathan’s life.

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