John Zobeck

john zobeck
John Zobeck, age 94 of New Hampton, IA passed away peacefully at his home on Thursday, July 30, 2015. Funeral services for John will be held at 11:00 AM on Monday, August 3, 2015 at Conway-Markham Funeral Home in New Hampton. Committal services will follow at New Hampton Cemetery. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the funeral on Monday at the funeral home. John Lewis Zobeck was born on September 6, 1920 to Louis and Anna (Horejsi) Zobeck on a farm in rural Howard County. He attended country school to the eighth grade. Upon completing his education, John began his life long career as a tireless and meticulous farmer and gardener. John met his wife, Jeanette and the couple was united in marriage in 1948. Following their marriage, the couple farmed in Howard County until 1955, when they moved to the farm south of New Hampton where John lived until the time of his passing. John will always be remembered as a very caring man who was so incredibly proud of his family. He enjoyed hearing everyone’s life story. If he could find a way to help a friend, he would do whatever it took to make it happen. Perhaps just as important, he wanted nothing in return. Along with his love for his family, John had a passion for collecting cars. He’s known for his extensive collection of Lincoln Continentals. John’s end of life wishes were granted. A note of gratitude goes to Margie Dutka who assisted and supported his wishes as he began his final journey in his home. John is survived by his stepson, Dennis (Adriana) Bradshaw of The Woodlands, TX; one step-grandson, Greg (Christine) Bradshaw of St. Augustine, FL; one sister-in-law, Dorothy Bartels of Rochester, MN and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; his beloved wife, Jeanette Zobeck; his brothers, Charles and Dale Zobeck and his sisters, Lucille Wolf and Katherine Drtina.

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  1. My memory is but only one but he left a forever impression on my life. Just from the afternoon that Marge, my girls, and I were privileged to spend with Johnie, we talked about everything from religion to politics and loved every moment of it. He shared his stories of life past and that he made the best out of every situation even if it was less than ideal. His kind and caring heart will be impressed upon all who met him even if it was just once. He will be missed and always remembered.

  2. Rest in Peace, Johnny. I’ve known you my entire life, and often thought of you as a third Grandfather. Your caring, beautiful heart is one to be admired by all. You were truly an amazing man, always such fun to visit with. You will be missed so much by our family – your smile was one that could light up a room! May God help guide you to everlasting peace.

    Love, Sondra (Heit) Thalken, Brian, Melea and Elisia

  3. What a pleasure to have known Johnny….we lived around the corner from him when I was in grade school and so have known him forever….then worked with him at the FSA office occasionally….but really saw him a lot in recent years downtown new Hampton…..always enjoyed my visits with him…..loved his smile!

  4. So sorry and sad to discover John’s obituary this morning. I had visited John on 2 occasions for his generous support for our Lakota (Sioux) students at St. Joseph’s Indian School in Chamberlain, SD. I marveled at his positive attitude and energy and enjoyed sharing stories and laughs. He was so proud of his family and loved you all so much. I’d imagine his busy hustling around in heaven — and enjoying dancing with his beloved wife. So glad to have met him and know he will be missed by many. Geri Beck.

  5. We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Uncle Johnny. We just heard about it today. This is Robert Zobeck, son of Nelson Zobeck, Johnny’s half-brother. We wish we could have attended the funeral. Johnny used to come to Norway to visit my parents, Nelson and Lorraine, and I have so many fond memories of him. Robert and Kathy Zobeck

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