John Louis Markham Jr., 92, of Cedar Rapids, passed away Monday, Sept. 19, 2016. A visitation will be held Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. at Cedar Memorial Park Funeral Home. The funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Cedar Memorial Chapel of Memories and will be conducted by the Rev. Dr. Curt Moermond of Grace Episcopal Church. Interment will be at Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery, followed by a luncheon at the Cedar Memorial Family Center.
Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Frances; and six children, Lisa (Mike) Miller of Iowa City, Mary (Steve) Clarke of Urbandale, David (Kathy) Markham, Beth (Leonard) Clay, Julie (Dan) Dolphin and Jim (Angie) Markham, all of Cedar Rapids. Also surviving are 23 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Lois Mae Pearson.
John was born Dec. 15, 1923, in St. Louis, Mo., the son of John and Elma (Revelle) Markham. He married Frances Irene Nesheim on Aug. 29, 1954, at St. John's Episcopal Church in Cedar Rapids. John graduated from Davenport High School. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II from 1942 to 1946. He received his B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of Iowa. John was a teacher for the Cedar Rapids Community School District for 35 years.
He was a member of Grace Episcopal Church and also attended Christ Church with Frances in his last years.
John enjoyed music, books, movies, walking, traveling, working in his yard, building things and family get-togethers. John and Frances were longtime supporters of fine arts in Cedar Rapids and supported the Cedar Rapids Symphony, Red Cedar Chamber group and the Community Concert Series.
Memorials may be directed to the family and sent in care of Cedar Memorial Park Funeral Home, 4200 First Ave. NE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52402.
Please leave condolences and memories of John for the family on the webpage at www.cedarmemorial.com under obituaries.
Posted on Thursday, 22 September 2016