John F. Paulus, Jr.
November 21, 1930 ~ February 28, 2012
John F. Paulus, Jr., age 81, of Ionia, IA died Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at Cedar Health in Charles City, IA. John Francis Paulus was born on November 21, 1930 to John and Helen (Krapp) Paulus near Nora Springs, IA. He attended school in Nora Springs and country school near Deerfield. On September 27, 1949, he was united in marriage to his loving wife, JoAnn Dowd at Immaculate Conception Church in Charles City. His lifelong passion was farming so the couple made their home on a farm in rural Ionia where they have lived their entire married life. John enjoyed fishing, hunting, traveling, playing cards and spending time with his family at the family farm pond that he built. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Church, Knights of Columbus, Moose Lodge and a lifetime member of the Catholic Order of Foresters. John is survived by his wife of 62 years, JoAnn of Ionia; the couple’s children, Jean (Ed) Hegtvedt of Charles City, Roger (Judy) Paulus of Elma, Judy (Mike) Gebel of Lawler, Joe (Jane) Paulus of Ionia and Shelly (Troy) Reicks of Charles City; grandchildren, Jerry (Julie) Hegtvedt, Kim (Lon) Isakson, Wendy (Lenny) Luft, Julie (Aaron) Boge, Jon (Amy) Paulus, Ryan (Katie) Paulus, Amber (Adam) Markham, Amy (Josh) Reis, Jeremy (Roxanne) Hyke, Brittany (Paul) Damjanovic, Brandon Diesburg, Chris Paulus, Matt Paulus, Kelli Paulus, Quinten Reicks and Marjie Reicks; 15 great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Eunice Paulus of Renton, WA and Doris Olson of Osage, as well as several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Marjorie; grandson, Justin Hyke; brother, Gerald Paulus; twin brothers in infancy; sister, Patricia Gilbert and brothers-in-law, Alvin Gilbert and Robert Olson. Cemetery: Burial will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery in North Washington. Memorials may be directed to a charity of your choice or Hospice of North Iowa. with a 4:30pm rosary and a 7:30pm scriptural wake service at Conway-Markham Funeral Home in New Hampton. Visitation will continue at the church one hour prior to the mass on Friday. at Immaculate Conception Church in North Washington with Father Mark Osterhaus and Msgr. John Hemann celebrating.