Herman L. Deaton passed away Dec. 17, 2020, in hospice care at MercyOne Newton Medical Center from covid complications. There will be no services at this time.
The son of Herman “Carroll” Deaton and Edna (Blake) Deaton, Herman was born Feb. 4, 1928 in Carlisle. In 1930 the family moved to Newton. Herman thought one of his greatest educational experiences was following his father around on the farm. He said, “it contributed greatly to being able to succeed on my own … to learn how to use your brain. If something needs to be fixed, you analyze the problem and think it through.”
Herman owned his own business, H. L. Deaton Sculpture from 1975 until 1991 when he “retired.” Prior to that, he worked at Winpower, Maytag and also was a foreman on a road construction crew. In the early 1960s, he joined his brother, Neal, at Deaton Nature Studio doing museum work before branching out on his own in 1975. Herman has many sculptures in and around the city of Newton, including “Edna” a life-size sculpture of his mother, north of US Bank and “Old Paint in Paradise,” a life-size horse sculpture at DMACC. He was a founding member of the Jasper County Museum and the Centre for Arts and Artists. His commitment to the city of Newton also included service on the Newton Community School Board and Project Awake.
Herman is survived by his wife of 73 years, Patricia; son, Mike Deaton (Jana); granddaughter, Brette; daughter, Nancy Deaton Dunsbergen; brother, Neal Deaton (Laura); sister, Judy Turner (Del); sister, Jerie Millard (Hal); and many nieces and nephews.