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John Joseph Daly (1926-2020)


Posted By: Pamela Wagler (email)
Date: 9/28/2020 at 22:34:50

The HawkEye
Burlington, Iowa
September 28, 2020

John Daly

Burlington - John Joseph "Jack" Daly (94) of Burlington passed away in Oak View Nursing and Rehabilitation Center on Saturday, September 26, 2020. Jack was born on March 22, 1926, in Burlington and never lived anywhere else, other than during his time in the service. He was the 6th of 7 children born to Rose and Michael W. Daly. Jack graduated from Burlington High School and served proudly in the U.S. Army during World War II in the Philippines and South Korea. After returning home, he began working as a machinist for the Burlington Northern Railroad, helping to maintain the Mississippi River train trestle bridge. He married the girl across the street, Marlene Lindner, on September 8, 1962, and they spent 58 happy years together and had four children: John, Joseph, Jane, and James.

Jack was a tinkerer and it was known by his friends and children that he could fix just about anything. His passion was antique automobiles and he could almost always be found in the garage playing with one of several cars that he owned. He was a member of the Blackhawk Auto Restorers in Burlington as well as the Southeast Iowa Antique Car Club in Mt. Pleasant where he displayed many of his collection at the Old Threshers Reunion over the years. A highlight for him was when his 1909 Sears Motorbuggy was the feature car at the Old Threshers Reunion in 2017. He was a member of St. John's Catholic Church parish his entire life.

He was preceded in death by his Parents, Michael and Rose, and by his siblings; William, Margaret, Martha, Catherine, Elizabeth, and Thomas. He is survived by his wife, Marlene, whose side he never left, his children; John (Amy), Joseph, Jane (Kyle) Olson, and James (Mandy), six grandchildren; Reece, Michael, Allisha, Matthew, McKenna, and Gabriel, two great-grandchildren; Gavin and Luka, and numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews, almost enough to start a small town, all of whom will miss his gentle nature and storytelling prowess.

Visitation will be from noon until 7:00 PM with the family to receive friends following a 4:00 PM Rosary Service, Thursday, October 1, 2020, at Prugh~Thielen Funeral Home.

The Funeral Mass of the Resurrection for Mr. Daly will be 10:00 AM Friday, October 2, 2020, at Divine Mercy Parish - Saint John The Baptist Catholic Church with Very Rev. Father Marty Goetz as the Celebrant. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery following the Mass.

In Lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established for the Antique Car Club.


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