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John R. McLure
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John R. McLure, 56, of Iowa City, passed away Wednesday, September 20th at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics surrounded by family.

A memorial service to celebrate John’s Life will be held September 26th, 2017 at 7:00 pm at North Liberty First United Methodist Church. Visitation to greet family and friends will be at 5:00 pm at the church prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed toward the John R. McLure Memorial Fund.

John R. McLure was born March 31st, 1961 in Urbana, IL, the son of John William and Gail T. McLure. He was a graduate of Iowa City West High School class of '79. John attended the University of Iowa, taking a two-year break to go to Raleigh, North Carolina to work and study at NC State, then back to Iowa to get his BS in Elementary Education.

John was a Renaissance man who could, no matter the task, job, or problem, could figure out solutions. His glowing qualities of patience, intelligence and kindness were invaluable to those around him, but most especially his family.

On July 1st,1995 he was united in marriage to Kristine Lee Gerlits. Two years later they had their son, John Dorsey 'JD' McLure.

John was active in the city of University Heights as their videographer for 5 1/2 years, until his health started to decline. He was also an excellent guitarist who specialized in campfire songs, and had a great love for Bluegrass music. He played at many nursing homes in the area and he also lead music at the Lighthouse youth program in previous years at St Andrew Presbyterian Church.

John is survived by his wife, Kris; his son J.D. McLure of University Heights; his mother, Gail T. McLure of Iowa City; his brother David P. (Karin) McLure of Shrewsbury, MA; his nephews, Matt McLure (Christine Hosey) of Cambridge, MA and Henry (Minah) Gerlits of South Korea; his nieces Amanda McLure of Boston, MA and Bessie Struck of Sudbury, MA; his mother-in-law Janice Gerlits of Iowa City; and his brother-in-law Dave (Bobbi) Gerlits of Suffield, CT.

He was preceded in death by his father, John William McLure and father-in-law, D.W. "Bill" Gerlits.

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5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
First United Methodist Church -- North Liberty

85 North Jones Boulevard
North Liberty, IA 52317





7:00 PM
First United Methodist Church -- North Liberty

85 North Jones Boulevard
North Liberty, IA 52317

Cemetery Details


Oakland Cemetery

1000 Brown Street
Iowa City, Iowa 52245

Memorial Contribution

The John R. McLure Memorial Fund

PO Box 167
Iowa City, Iowa 52244

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