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MARKS, John Jr. 1916-2004


Posted By: Karen D-J (email)
Date: 11/13/2004 at 16:48:12

John Marks Jr., age 88, of Allison, Iowa, was born the son of John and Bena (Tjebkes) Marks on January 6, 1916, in Grundy County, rural New Hartford, Iowa. He received his education in rural country school, near his home.

On December 28, 1938, John Marks, Jr. was united in marriage with Anna Schipper in her parent’s home on a farm near Kesley, Iowa. They made their home on a farm near New Hartford and in 1946 they moved to their family farm near Allison. John was an active member of the Trinity Reformed Church in Allison, where he served as a deacon, an elder, he taught Sunday School for many years and was a member of the Gideons. John loved the Lord and became a witness to anyone at every opportunity. He especially loved spending time with his family. John also enjoyed farming and custom farming. He enjoyed communicating and dealing with people which led to his love of selling, beginning in his youthful years with many different items including Archer Oil, Clay Equipment, Van Dale Equipment, H&S Sowjoy Hog Equipment and several other lines of agricultural equipment. And last but not least, was his enjoyment he had working with his 2030 John Deere loader tractor.

At 8:25 p.m., Wednesday, April 28, 2004, John died at Allen Memorial Hospital in Waterloo, Iowa of natural causes. He reached the age of 88 years, 3 months and 22 days.

John is preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Anna on December 20, 1999; three brothers, Henry Marks and his wife, Phoebe, Albert Marks, and Fred Marks; two sisters, Jessie and her husband, Richard Schipper and Reka and her husband, Conrad Schipper.

John is survived by five sons, John B. Marks and his wife Elisabeth, Roger D. Marks and his wife, Joyce, Gary J. Marks and his wife, Shirley, Orlyn L. Marks and his wife, Wendy and Randy J. Marks; two daughters, Ardella L. Hansen and her husband, Bill, and Dorthy A. Mehmen and her husband, Kenny; 21 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren; one sister, Bena Knock; one sister-in-law, Elma Marks; many nieces and nephews; and a special family friend, Betty Tueting.

Funeral Services were held at 2:30 p.m., Saturday, May 1, 2004, at the Trinity Reformed Church, Allison, Iowa with Rev. Steve Petroelje, Rev. Donald Patet and Rev. Norman Menning officiating. Keyboardist was Delores Hoodjer. Vocalist Scott Marks sang “The Anchor Holds” and Randy Aaldreks sang “O What a Savior.” Congregational Hymns were “How Great Thou Art” and “Victory in Jesus”. Casketbearers were Kevin Marks, Danny Hansen, Brandon Marks, Bryon Marks, Jason Marks, Jeffrey Marks, Joel Marks, Kurtis Marks, Scott Marks and David Mehmen. Interment was in the Allison Cemetery, Allison, Iowa. The Flower Committee was Marlys Clarke and Liz Deuell. Redman-Schwartz Funeral Chapel, Aplington, was in charge of arrangements.


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