John R. Kottke

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John R. Kottke, age 78, of Fredericksburg, IA, died Wednesday, June 22, 2011 at Allen Memorial Hospital in Waterloo, IA. John Richard Kottke was born on March 7, 1933 to Frederick and Edna (Zieske) Kottke in New Hampton. He attended Kottke Rural School-District #1 near his family’s farm and graduated from Fredericksburg High School in 1951. John farmed the family farm where he has farmed all of his life. He also was employed as a security guard at Sara Lee in New Hampton for 21 years. On January 1, 1956, John was united in marriage to Jeanette Emkes at Fredericksburg Peace Church. To this union two children were born, Jay and Jan. John enjoyed traveling across the Unites States, restoring tractors in his retirement and gospel music. He was a member of Harvest Church, as John had a strong faith in his Lord and Savior. He was a charter member of the Fredericksburg Pioneer Power Club, and was also a charter member of the Chickasaw County School Preservation Foundation. John is survived by his loving wife, Jeanette of Fredericksburg; his children, Jay (Robin) Kottke of Phoenix, AZ and Jan Kottke of San Bernardino, CA; their grandchildren, Rebecca and Rachael Kottke, both of Eagan, MN; his brothers, James (Helen) Kottke of Fredericksburg, Charles (Pam) Kottke of Fredericksburg and Eugene (Judy) Kottke of Sumner, IA; his sisters, Virginia (Dave) Cutsforth of Waterloo and Agnes (Clarence) Moore of Hanson, IA; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Herman(LaVonne) Emkes of Denver, IA, Fred (Susie) Emkes of Cedar Falls, IA and George (Molly) Emkes of Albuquerque, NM and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Frederick and Edna Kottke. Memorials: Memorials may be directed to Harvest Church and Fredericksburg Pioneer Power Club. Cemetery: Burial will follow the lunch in Rose Hill Cemetery at Fredericksburg. Visitation: Visitation will be from 4:00-8:00pm Friday, June 24, 2011 at Conway-Markham Funeral Home in New Hampton, IA. Visitation will continue at the church one hour prior to the service on Saturday. Service: Funeral services will be held 10:30am on Saturday, June 25, 2011 at Harvest Church in New Hampton with Pastor Rod Ankrom officiating.

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  1. Jeanette & family,
    Our deepest sympathy and prayers to all of you . John held a special place in our hearts as he greeted us when we worked at Sara Lee and you Jeanette when you sold us the world book . He will be missed but welcomed in heaven. We are so sorry for your loss … Ken & Jeanineb1a1

  2. Dear Jeanette and family,
    We are so sorry to hear of John passing. I was always happy to visit with him. So happy he is with our Lord.
    Marilyn & Gene

  3. I am sorry to hear of John’s passing. I enjoyed visiting with you last Saturday. It was great talking about memories from Sara Lee. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
    Jolene Bear Rimrodt

  4. John was a great man with a wonderful sense of humor. He and my husband John had many conversations-they could talk the ears off each other. I’ll miss his sweet smile and friendly word to all.

  5. So sorry to hear about John’s passing. We worked at Sara Lee with John and enjoyed the visits while he was on duty as the security guard. He always had a story or two to tell…..and his laugh was one of a kind. We will keep John in our prayers. Bob and Cyndy Weiglein

  6. Still remember John’s smiling face as he greeted us Sara Lee workers. We will miss him. Our prayers and sympathy to your familiess.

  7. To: Jeanette and family
    Thinking of you and keeping you in my prayers during this difficult time.
    Faythe Means

  8. We have so many great memories of times shared at First Baptist Church/Harvest Church! Dick enjoyed serving with John on many boards and commities over the years. You both were hard workers and faithful members of FBC. Jeanette you were so gracious to make your famous Happy Birthday Jesus cake (with its explanation of all the different ingredients) for Olympic Club one year. So many memories we could list. John will be missed in so many ways! Our sincere sympathy to you Jeanette and the whole family. Love & prayers Dick & Brita

  9. You have our sincere sympathy for your loss. John was always so cheery when he greeted everyone at security at Sara Lee. We always enjoyed chatting with him whenever we saw him. God bless you!
    Joe and Sharon

  10. Jeanette and family – please accept my sincere sympathies on the loss of John. You have been faithful members of OGSA and your friendship through the years has meant a lot to me! All the best always, Lin Strong

  11. Jeanette and Family, our sympathy and prayers to all of you. Jeanette, it was always a joy to visit with you and John.
    Our love,
    Terrill and Mona Ball

  12. Jeanette & Family~
    Thinking of you during this difficult time. With sympathy on the loss of John. We will keep you in our prayers.

  13. To The Kottke Family, you have our prayers of support and our thoughts are with you all in the loss of your loved one recently.
    The Stapher Family

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