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John Melvin Raffensperger

July 13, 1940 April 22, 2019
John Melvin Raffensperger
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Obituary for John Melvin Raffensperger

The Legendary track coach John Melvin Raffensperger, 78, of Iowa City, IA, ran his final lap Monday, April 22, 2019 at his home surrounded by family. Visitation will be held from 2-5 PM, Sunday, April 28, 2019 at City High main gymnasium. A Funeral Service will be held at 11 AM, Monday, April 29, 2019 at First Presbyterian Church, Iowa City. Burial will be at Memory Gardens Cemetery, Iowa City. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to ICCSD Foundation for the Raffensperger Scholarship or University of Iowa Foundation; Track and Field .

John was born on July 13, 1940 in Waterloo, IA, the son of Leonard and Leone (Wiggins) Raffensperger. He graduated from State College of Iowa with his B.A. and Truman State University in Kirksville, MO with his M.A... John was united in marriage to Sharon McMurry on June 15, 1963 in Jefferson, IA. For over 35 years John was a teacher and track coach at City High School, retiring in 2003. He was Past President of the Track Coaches Association of Iowa, honorary member of the University of Iowa Varsity Club, Iowa Track Coaches Hall of Fame, University of Northern Iowa Hall of Fame, City High Hall of Fame, nine time winner of the State of Iowa Coach of the year, and National Coach of the year in 2000. John authored “It’s a great day to be a Little Hawk” about the history of City High’s athletics. He was a member and Elder at First Presbyterian Church. John also served on the Foster Care Review Board and Johnson County Historical Society Board. He was an ambassador at The University of Iowa Hall of Fame.

John is survived by his wife of 55 years, Sharon Raffensperger; two sons, Michael Raffensperger of Iowa City and David Raffensperger (Kristina Yeigh) of Solon; five grandchildren, Devin, Shay and Jackson Raffensperger and Kristina’s sons Hogan and Brighton; and brother and sisters-in-law, Janet Raffensperger of Corvallis, OR and Ted and Barbara McMurry of Edmond, OK.

John was preceded in death by his parents; and three siblings, Marcia Schellenberg and Gene and Paul Raffensperger.

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2:00 PM 4/28/2019 2:00:00 PM - 5:00 PM 4/28/2019 5:00:00 PM
City High School

1900 Morningside Drive
Iowa City, IA 52245

In the main gym

City High School
1900 Morningside Drive Iowa City 52245 IA
United States





11:00 AM 4/29/2019 11:00:00 AM
First Presbyterian Church

2701 Rochester Avenue
Iowa City, IA 52245

First Presbyterian Church
2701 Rochester Avenue Iowa City 52245 IA
United States

Cemetery Details


Memory Gardens Cemetery Final Resting Place

2600 Muscatine Avenue
Iowa City, IA 52240

2600 Muscatine Avenue Iowa City 52240 IA
United States

Memorial Contribution

University of Iowa Foundation: Track and Field

P.O. Box 4550
Iowa City, IA 52244
Track and Field

John Raffensperger Scholarship

1725 N Dodge St
Iowa City , IA 52245
Track and Field

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