John "Jack" M. Helenthal, 77, of Keokuk, passed away on August 10, 2017, at St. John's Hospital in Springfield, Illinois.
John was born on April 3, 1940, in Keokuk, Iowa, the son of John and Mildred McCardie Helenthal. On November 18, 1958, he was united in marriage to Sharleen Byrne. To this union was born four children: John, Julia, Robert and Sarah. John later married Mary Connie Lumley on July 26, 2000. She survives.
A lifelong resident of Keokuk, John was a graduate of the Keokuk High School Class of 1958, and was a member of All Saints Catholic Church in Keokuk. John proudly served his country in the United States Air Force and later in the National Guard. He was a member of the American Legion Post 41 and served many years with the Keokuk Honor Guard. John worked at Hubinger for over twenty-five years before his retirement in 1996. He then began working for the city for another ten years, where he supervised work crews. He was also a part of the Keokuk Reserve Police Force for ten years. John was a strong supporter of his hometown. He was a football superstar in high school, and he continued to follow the Keokuk sports teams his entire life.
John is survived by his wife Connie Helenthal of Keokuk; four sons: John (Shannon) Helenthal, Robert (Peggy) Helenthal, Ivan (Gina) Parrish and John E. Land; three daughters: Julia (Ritchie) McDaniel, Sarah (Todd) Stuecker and Connie Lynn Parrish; and his grandchildren: John E. (Jessica) Helenthal, David (Sara) Helenthal, Chris (Jenny) Gooley, Sierra (Forrest) Wilkerson, Nicholas (Abbey) McDaniel, Amy (Joshua) Pihl, Amanda (Joshua) White, Ashley (Drake) Custer, Ashley Reittinger, Ryan Helenthal, Jonathan Miller, Chase Helenthal, Justin Miller, Syerra Huston, Savannah Huston, Skyler Huston, Spencer Huston, Austin Parrish, Chase Parrish, Payton Parrish, Kamryn Parrish, Karsyn Parrish and Johnny Land. Other survivors include twenty-three great-grandchildren and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
John is preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Michael and Joseph, his great-granddaughter Elaina White, and aunts and uncles.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 AM on Tuesday, August 15, 2017, at All Saints Catholic Church in Keokuk, with Father Robert Lathrop officiating. Burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery in Keokuk. Visitation will be held on Monday from 3 to 8 PM, with family meeting friends from 6 to 8 PM at DeJong-Greaves Celebration of Life Centers at 917 Blondeau Street in Keokuk.
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