John Wanfalt

Died: Fri., Apr. 12, 2019


2:00 PM to 3:00 PM, Sat., Apr. 27, 2019
Location: United Methodist Church - Wapello

Memorial Service

3:00 PM Sat., Apr. 27, 2019
Location: United Methodist Church - Wapello


3:30 PM to 4:30 PM, Sat., Apr. 27, 2019
Location: United Methodist Church - Wapello

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John Ferd Wanfalt, age 84, of Wapello, died Friday morning, April 12, 2019, at the Wapello Specialty Care.  The son of Arthur and Ebba Linstrom Wanfalt, he was born on December 17, 1934 in Chicago, Illinois.  John married Lois Campbell on February 3, 1967 in Stronghurst, Illinois.

John graduated from Stronghurst High School in 1952 and graduated with a B.S. degree in Conservation from Northern Michigan University in 1960.  He worked for the US Fish & Wildlife in northern Michigan and then for International Harvester in Moline, Illinois and later for the Iowa State Extension of USDA for Louisa and Muscatine counties.

He served in the US Navy from 1952 to 1955.  He was a member of the United Methodist Church in Wapello.  John was an outdoors man that loved animals especially his dogs along with hunting and being a tree farmer.

His family includes his wife, Lois; two sons, David Wanfalt of Wapello and Daniel Wanfalt of Pinedale, Wyoming; four grandchildren, Danielle & Rusty Wolff, Mitchell Wanfalt, Travis Wanfalt, and Austin Wanfalt; and five siblings, Barbara Bowen of Tampa, Florida, Donald Kosman of Leesburg, Florida, Lillian Fritze of Mondovi, Wisconsin, Kay Ahvem of Richmond, Illinois, and Bonnie Truelsen of Evanston, Illinois.  He was preceded in death by his parents.

A Memorial Service will be held at 3:00 PM on Saturday, April 27, 2019, at the United Methodist Church with Pastor Linda Morris officiating.  The family will meet with friends an hour before and an hour after the service at the Fellowship Hall of the United Methodist Church.

Memorial Gifts will benefit the Great River Hospice, the United Methodist Church, and the Louisa County 4 H.

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Jean Bermel
   Posted Mon April 15, 2019
Lois and family: My prayers are with the family. John walked many steps to make sure that all 4-H activities went as scheduled during Louisa County Fair days.

David and Marylu Watkins
   Posted Mon April 15, 2019
Our thoughts and prayers to John’s family.
Our sons spent a lot of time helping John plant walnut trees at Camp Langeood for several years along with others in the Bloomington 4-H club. He has left a wonderful legacy n 4-H . Most importantly, he had a positive influence on many young people and adults over the years.
Respectfully, Dave and Marylu Watkins

Mike Avesing
   Posted Tue April 16, 2019
I was saddened to hear of John's passing. In the late 60s and early 70s I spent many hours with John working to establish 4H clubs within the city of Muscatine. He was a great guy and I always admired him. Most of all, he always took the time to sit and chat with a kid who was interested in joining 4H. I'm sure he had a busy schedule but he never turned me away. I too am in the Iowa 4H Hall of Fame and I wouldn't be where I am today without John's help when I was just a kid with some crazy ideas.

Donald and Sharon Kosmin
   Posted Wed April 17, 2019
Good last flight brother, our time together happened too late and too short.

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