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Joseph Fiala Jr.
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Cedar Rapids


Joseph Leo Fiala Jr., died peacefully Aug. 31, 2016, at the Meth-Wick Community.
Joe was born Aug. 8, 1926, the son of Joseph and Hellen (Scott) Fiala. Joe graduated from Roosevelt High School and attended St. Ambrose University and the University of Iowa. Joe served in the U.S. Naval Services during World War II until his discharge with military honors.
Joe was employed by International Harvestor Co. truck division for several years. He later owned and managed the Pizza Inn and Colony restaurants in Cedar Rapids for many years.
Joe was a charter member of St. Jude Church and a longtime committed supporter of the Xavier Foundation. He was a member of Knights of Columbus, Veterans of Foreign Wars and Ely American Legion Post 555.
Joe cherished his experience traveling to Washington, D.C., with the Eastern Iowa Honor Flight in 2012.
Joe was united in marriage to Margaret L. Nicholson in 1947 at St. Patrick's Church in Cedar Rapids until her passing in 1993. Upon retirement, Joe made his home at the Meth-Wick Community with his special friend and companion, Lu Eck, with whom he shared extensive travel and many good times.
Joe had a great sense of humor and loved to have fun.
Joe is survived by nephews, nieces and cousins.
Joe was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret; his best friend, Lu; and his parents.
Joe will be dearly missed by family, friends and his great friend and caregiver, Chris Krumbholz.
A special thanks to Dr. Richard Pope and the Meth-Wick staff for his wonderful care.
Services: 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Jude Catholic Church, by the Rev. Mark Reasoner. Burial: St. Joseph Cemetery. Friends may visit with the family on Tuesday from 9 a.m. until the start of the service at the church.
Memorials may be made to the Iowa Donor Network or St. Jude Catholic Church.

Posted on Sunday, 4 September 2016