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John Daniel Rademacher


John Daniel Rademacher, 96, of Marion, Iowa, passed away peacefully on Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018, at the Ed and Joan Hemphill Hospice Unit at St. Luke's Hospital, Cedar Rapids. The family will greet friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 20, at Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Marion. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 21, at the funeral home, with military honors provided by Marion American Legion Post 298. The family also will greet friends one hour prior to the service on Tuesday at the funeral home. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 21, at Sunnyside Memory Garden in Charles City, Iowa.
John was born Oct. 22, 1921, in Floyd, Iowa, the son of Ed and Marie (Tjards) Rademacher. He graduated from Floyd High School in 1939. On Oct. 10, 1942, John was united in marriage to Maxine Beck. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army 91st Division Combat Engineers in the European Theater in Africa and Italy. John received three Battle Stars and a Purple Heart. He was employed as a heavy equipment operator and truck driver for several earth-moving contractors, Lowe & Eschman, R.B. Burch, Inc., City Wide Construction, Borst Brothers Rathje Constructions and International Harvestor. John was a member of the VFW, American Legion Post 298 of Marion and Our Savior's Church in Cedar Rapids.
He is survived by his son, Larry (Donna) Rademacher of Brandon, Miss.; and a sister-in-law, Evelyn Rademacher of Floyd, Iowa.
John was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Maxine; brother, Eldon Rademacher; and infant brother, Merton.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed in John's memory to American Legion Post 298 at 625 31st St., Marion, IA 52302 or Camp Courageous at www.campcourageous.org for online donations.
Please share a memory of John at www.murdochfuneralhome.com under obituaries.