Jack A. Funcke, 85, of Cedar Rapids, reunited with his beloved wife in Heaven on Sunday, April 30, 2017. He passed away at Northbrook Manor Care Center in Cedar Rapids after a half-year of battling esophageal cancer.
Survivors include brother, Bill (Verna) Funcke, Beaver Dam, Wis.; and children, Jim (Ellen) Funcke, Coralville, Rick Funcke, Cedar Rapids, Ron (Dee) Funcke, Jacksonville, N.C., Jill (Steve) Brimeyer, Ankeny, and David (Jessi) Funcke, DeKalb, Ill. He is also survived by nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Marcia, in 2010.
Jack was born June 4, 1931, in Cedar Rapids, the son of Peter and Leona Funcke. He attended Iowa State and then embarked on a career as a draftsman and machine tool designer. He was repeatedly sold with the companies he worked for. He moved from LaPlant-Choate to Allis-Chalmers to Harnishfeger until it closed, then was hired at Cherry-Burrell (promptly bought by International Paper). We believe that Jack served as a key bargaining chip in all of these acquisitions.
Jack married Donna Bailey in 1951. They were later divorced. In 1964, he married Marcia Drahovzal. In addition to his family, he loved his Hus Memorial Presbyterian Church family, airplanes, scale modeling, history, British sitcoms, occasional Rumchata and little cigars, and his beloved Iowa Hawkeyes. Among his family pictures was a framed photo of Warren Holloway making "the catch." And if you ever needed a particular Hawkeye basketball game on VHS with radio commentary on cassette, because Ron Gonder, Jack was your guy. An artist, he created beautiful oil paintings and pen and ink drawings. He also loved fixing, building and inventing things, furniture, household items, a brick fireplace, whole-house fan, back lotioner and probably many other things we don't even know about. Most importantly, Jack was one of the smartest, kindest, gentlest, funniest, most deeply ethical men we knew. We were so blessed to have him as our dad and grandpa, and we'll love him and miss him until we meet again.
Celebration of life: 11 a.m. Friday, May 5, at Hus Memorial Presbyterian Church in Cedar Rapids, followed by a luncheon. Visitation: 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 4, at Cedar Memorial Park Funeral Home. Interment: Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorials may be given to Hus Memorial Presbyterian Church.