Obituaries » John F Oberhaus
06/27/1935 - 05/08/2017
John Frank Oberhaus, 82, of Muscatine, passed away on Monday, May 8, 2017, at Bickford Cottage.
Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, May 19, 2017, at the St. Mathias Church, 215 West Eighth Street. Honorary bearers will be Dick Petersen, Harvey Allbee Jr., John Robinson, William Molis, Chet Hafner, Jerry Lamp, Craig Townsley, Richard Turner, Robert Lowe, Jerry Fuller, and Don Suhl. Casket bearers will be Collin Carney, Matt Guldenpfennig, Mitch Guldenpfennig, Rick Drake and Jeremy Drake. Burial will take place in St. Mary’s Cemetery with Military Rites provided by the American Legion Post 27 and the V.F.W. Post 1565. A time of food and fellowship will be held after the committal service at the church in Gannon Hall.
Visitation will be from 5 until 7 p.m. on Thursday May 18, 2017, at the Ralph J. Wittich-Riley-Freers Funeral Home with a Rosary Prayer Service at 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the St. Mary’s Cemetery Association or Quad Cities Veteran’s Honor Flight. Online condolences: www.wittichfuneralhome.com
John was born on June 27, 1934, in Muscatine, the son of Norbert J. and Edna Eppel Oberhaus. John graduated from Muscatine Catholic High School, class of 1952 and farmed with his father until he was drafted into the Army.
He was a US Army Veteran and was stationed in Louisville, Kentucky, where he met Lina Logsdor. After completing his military service they were united in marriage on November 27, 1958, in Kentucky. John brought his wife back to Iowa and they purchased a farm near Letts in Muscatine County, and started their family which grew to include four children.
John was very civic minded and actively participated in the Lions Club and Farm Bureau where he served as past president; he was also a member of the Elks Lodge, the Ss. Mary and Mathias Parish, the Cranston Card Club, and the NAPP. He was elected as a County Board Supervisor in November of 1994 and held that position for 12 years leaving the Board on December of 2006. He also served on the Mississippi Parkway Commission and was an active member of the Republican Party. As a lifelong farmer, John was extremely interested and involved with conservation. He left the world a better place than he found it, and he will be sorely missed by those fortunate enough to have met him.
Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Lina Oberhaus of Muscatine; his children, Ann Van Sant and husband, Duane, of Des Moines, Chris Oberhaus and wife, Tenley, of Scottsdale, Arizona, Tony Oberhaus and wife, Jasmina, of Chicago, Illinois, and Joan Flanders and husband, Joe, of Muscatine; 15 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and his sister, Mary Ann Oberhaus.
He was preceded in death by his parents.