JOHN WILLIAM MARCH SR.
John William March Sr., was a fun loving father, brother, grandfather, and friend. He passed away peacefully at the Great River Hospice on August 10, 2021.
He was born on June 30, 1943 to Lesco Arbie March and Emily Lucille Roberts March in Granger Missouri. John graduated from Edina High School and later attended the University of Missouri. John was a journeyman tool and die worker. He worked at Champion/ Federal Mogul, Shaffer Pen, Gardner Denver and Ortho/Chevron. When the Ortho plant closed in the late 1980”s in Fort Madison, John took the opportunity to move with Chevron to southern California working on the oil rigs. But soon he found out that he was a man made for the sweetness and richness of the Midwest and he moved his family back to Iowa.
Most will remember Johns’ day did not end after the 6 a.m.-3 p.m. shift at the factory. After working until dusk, he was also a farmer in Edina, Missouri, Montrose, Iowa and La Harpe, Illinois. He often burned the midnight hours engaging in his favorite hobby, coon hunting. He was quite the hunter, and was known to be a great trainer raising and selling several champion dogs…Timber, Woody, Gypsy, Greta are a few, but Blue held the highest ranks as a world champion coon dog. A story capturing John sharing his love of the hunt with his son was published in 2013 in Full Cry. Many people considered him a “dog whisperer”. He was a Master Mason, active in the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of Iowa and Missouri for over fifty years. When he wasn’t fishing, deer or coon hunting, John enjoyed playing a good game of cards.
John married Stanlee Caldwell on September 9, 1972 in Quincy, Illinois. From this union they had two children whom he loved. He is survived by his children: Lisa (Steve) Tekell (Mediapolis, Iowa) and John (Rachel) March (Winfield, Iowa). He is also survived by two sisters: Nancy (Dan) Muser (Union, Missouri) and Polly (Stoney) Matteson (La Plata, Missouri). He had seven granddaughters: Alexia, Lucy, Chloe, Skylar Tekell and Hannah, Jenna, and Bradie Buffington. He is also survived by several nieces, nephews and cousins.
John was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Leanna Mitchell Jones.
As John requested, cremation will be entrusted to the care of Prugh Crematory
Family will receive friends from 5:00 PM until 6:30 PM Friday, August 13, 2021 at Prugh~Thielen Funeral Home with Masonic Rites to conclude.
A time to celebrate John’s life will be held at a later date.
Prugh Funeral Service is in care of the arrangements.
Condolences left for the family by visiting John’s obituary at www. prughfuneral.com