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John Anderson Jr.

Cedar Rapids

John Thomas Anderson Jr., 79, of Cedar Rapids, died peacefully in his sleep on Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017, in his home. Celebration of Life services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 30, at Brosh Chapel and The Avacentre in Cedar Rapids, located at 2121 Bowling St. SW. Burial will
be in Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery, where full military rites will take place. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 29, at Brosh Chapel.
John was born Dec. 23, 1937, in Cedar Rapids, the son of John T. and Emma (Kudrna) Anderson. He graduated from Wilson High School, Class of 1956. John earned a physical education degree from Coe College. While at Coe, he wrestled, was an All-American tackle, and had the opportunity to play professional for the Eagles and Bears. Instead, he served in the U.S. Army during the Cuban Missile Crisis from 1961 to 1963. John was united in marriage to Joyce Lamparek on June 18, 1961, at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Cedar Rapids. He worked at United Fire and Casualty as a claims adjuster/vice president for more than 41 years, retiring in 2006.
John enjoyed fishing, building and flying experimental airplanes and watching his grandchildren's sporting events. He was an active member of the Prairie School Foundation and College Community school board, serving as president. He also was active in Kiwanis, Jaycees and the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library. He was a youth football and baseball coach and a pilot for Young Eagles EAA (program for children's first flight).
John is survived by his wife, Joyce; his daughter, Heidi (Todd) Hadley of Ames; his son, John (Marie Strilich) Anderson of Swisher; his grandchildren, Jordan Vargason, Haleigh Hadley, John T. Anderson V, Josh (Sarah) Vargason, Mariah Vargason and Nora Vargason; his brother, Jim (Jan) Anderson of Shueyville; brother-in-law, Niles Gardemann of Cedar Rapids; sister-in-law, Judith Lanum of Roanoke, Va.; as well as his nieces and nephews.
John was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Diane Gardemann; and a brother-in-law, John Lanum.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Cedar Rapids Kiwanis, Prairie School Foundation and/or Coe College in his name.
Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.broshchapel.com.