Celebrating the life of John Joseph Soukup
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John Joseph Soukup, Jr, 92, of rural Riverside, died March 16, 2017, at Atrium Village Care Center, Hills, Iowa, with his wife and other family members at his side. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 AM, Monday, March 20, 2017 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Hills with Father Michael Spiekermeier and Father Lou Leonhardt officiating. Visitation will be Sunday, March 19, 2017 at the church from 4-6 PM, with a rosary at 4 PM, and a vigil at 6 PM. Burial will be in St. Stanislaus Cemetery, Hills with military honors by the Riverside VFW Post #6414. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Camp Courageous or St. Jude Children’s Hospital.
He was born on December 14th, 1924, in Riverside, Iowa, and grew up in the family home on the edge of Riverside. His parents were John Joseph Soukup, Sr, and Anna VonDrasek Soukup.
He graduated from Riverside High School and enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps where he served as a medical service corpsman on bases in Texas, Nebraska, and Colorado. He received his honorable discharge at Lowry Air Force Base, Denver, Colorado, in November, 1946.
One month later, on Christmas Eve, 1946, John proposed to his wife of almost 70 years, Elizabeth (“Betty”) Kiefer. They were married in Richmond, Iowa, on September 13th, 1947, and acquired a farm from John’s father between Riverside and Hills where they raised seven children. John was a fourth generation farmer and also worked for 22 years at the University of Iowa Physical Plant. He was a member of St Joseph’s Catholic Church in Hills for almost 70 years.
John very much enjoyed family gatherings including fishing trips to Wisconsin lakes with children and grandchildren. He was also a big fan of Iowa Hawkeye sports.
He was preceded in death by his parents and all of his brothers and sisters: Harry, Alvin, Bob, Dorothy Erbe, and Alma Soukup. He was also preceded in death by his son-in-law, Duane Schnoebelen.
Survivors include his wife, Betty, and children; Larry (Bobbie) of Nathrop, Colorado, Steven (Debra) of Helotes, Texas, James (Bonnie) of Bothell, Washington, Cindi Schnoebelen of Riverside, Iowa, Richard of Iowa City, Iowa, Patricia (Gregory) Hunt of Riverside, Iowa, and Christopher Kramer of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; eighteen grandchildren; and fifteen great-grandchildren; along with nieces, nephews, and other relatives.
The family would like to thank the staff of Atrium Village in Hills and especially Chasidie Fogg for their kind and committed care.
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208 Brady Street
Hills, IA 52235
A rosary will begin at 4 PM, and a Vigil Service will end the visitation at 6 PM
208 Brady Street
Hills, IA 52235
5423 Maier Ave SW
Riverside, Iowa 52235