The family of Jeff Ciha is saddened to announce the passing of our son, brother, father, grandfather and uncle Jeff, on Monday, July 30, 2018. He was surrounded by loving friends and family and slipped peacefully into the arms of God. No one ever fought harder against cancer than Jeff did, and he is at peace now. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, at Cedar Memorial Chapel of Memories. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at Cedar Memorial Funeral Home. The family will hold a private graveside service.
Jeff was born in Cedar Rapids on May 4, 1966, to parents Don and Dorothy Ciha. He was preceded in death by maternal grandparents, Lance and Maxine Morehouse; and paternal grandparents, Jack and Lucille Ciha.
He is survived by his parents, Don and Dorothy Ciha; brothers, Steve (Vicki) Ciha, Brian (Roberta) Ciha, Greg (Jenny) Ciha and Kevin (Lisa) Ciha; and sister, Marcia (Matthew) Kreutner. Many nieces and nephews also called Jeff "uncle." Jeff had two boys, Jake and Johnathan; and one daughter, Haley, who had just gifted Jeff with a new granddaughter, Dallis. Jeff was very proud of his children and, as he neared death, he worried most about them and not himself. He had a very special friend, Debbie McCoy, who helped him through some very difficult times. Thank you, Debbie!
Jeff liked to work hard and play hard. He was a little ornery at times, but once he got to know you, he would do anything he could to help you. He was a member of Carpenters Local 308 in Cedar Rapids. He worked many years for Ryan Companies in Cedar Rapids, and had many, many friends at Ryan and throughout the construction industry in Eastern Iowa. He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed fishing and especially hunting deer with a large group of his friends every year. He was a member of Sons of Amvets Post 37 and enjoyed the camaraderie with his fellow brothers there. He also enjoyed fireworks and helped every year at the Prairieburg and Waubeek Fourth of July events. He enjoyed working on his garden and flower beds. Jeff loved flowers.
If you wish to express your feelings for Jeff, flowers are welcome. I know he would also appreciate donations to Amvets Post 37 in Central City, as they are working on a veterans memorial in Central City.