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March 24, 2017 Obituaries - John Joseph Soukup, Jr.
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John Joseph Soukup, Jr.

1924 - 2017

John Joseph Soukup, Jr, 92, of rural Riverside, died March 16, 2017, at Atrium Village Care Center, Hills, Iowa, with his wife and other family members at his side. A Mass of Christian Burial was held Monday, March 20, 2017 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Hills with Father Michael Spiekermeier officiating. Burial was in St. Stanislaus Cemetery, Hills with military honors by the Riverside VFW Post #6414. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Camp Courageous or St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

He was born on December 14, 1924, in Riverside, Iowa, and grew up in the family home on the edge of Riverside. His parents were John Joseph Soukup, Sr, and Anna VonDrasek Soukup.

He graduated from Riverside High School and enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps where he served as a medical service corpsman on bases in Texas, Nebraska, and Colorado. He received his honorable discharge at Lowry Air Force Base, Denver, Colorado, in November, 1946.

One month later, on Christmas Eve, 1946, John proposed to his wife of almost 70 years, Elizabeth (“Betty”) Kiefer. They were married in Richmond, Iowa, September 13, 1947, and acquired a farm from John’s father between Riverside and Hills where they raised seven children. John was a fourth generation farmer and also worked for 22 years at the University of Iowa Physical Plant. He was a member of St Joseph’s Catholic Church in Hills for almost 70 years.

John very much enjoyed family gatherings including fishing trips to Wisconsin lakes with children and grandchildren. He was also a big fan of Iowa Hawkeye sports.

Survivors include his wife, Betty; children: Larry (Bobbie) of Nathrop, Colo., Steven (Debra) of Helotes, Texas, James (Bonnie) of Bothell, Wash., Cindi Schnoebelen of Riverside, Richard of Iowa City, Patricia (Gregory) Hunt of Riverside, Christopher Kramer of Cedar Rapids; 18 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; along with nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his parents and all of his brothers and sisters: Harry, Alvin, Bob, Dorothy Erbe, and Alma Soukup; and son-in-law: Duane Schnoebelen.

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