John E. “Jack” Spoden, 93, of Epworth, passed away Saturday, March 23, 2019 at Shady Rest Care Center in Cascade, surrounded by his family.

Friends and relatives of Jack may call from 4-8 p.m., Wednesday, March 27, 2019 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Epworth, where a prayer service will be held at 3:30 p.m. and the Farley American Legion services will be held at 7 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m., Thursday, March 28, 2019 at the Funeral Home.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, March 28, 2019 at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Epworth, with the Rev. Michael Schueller presiding and Assisting Deacon Dan O’Connell. Lectors will be Michelle Amerine, Jamie Lollback and Angela Meyers. Eucharistic Ministers will be Margie Spoden and Judy Burger. Placing of the Pall will be done by Joan Marxen, James Spoden, Joseph Spoden, Judy Connolly and Jerry Spoden. Giftbearers will be Madisen Maxa, Hunter Maxa and Elsa Marxen. Burial will be in St. Patrick Cemetery with full military honors afforded by the Farley American Legion-Post #656.

Casketbearers will be Adam Marxen, Justin Marxen, Chris Spoden, Neil Spoden, Wayne Marxen and Jerry Connolly.

Jack was born Sept. 17, 1925 in Worthington, son of John C. and Adeline (Lehnhoff) Spoden. He was a graduate of St. Paul High School and also attended Loras College in Dubuque. On June 10, 1952 he was united in marriage to Jane E. Losey at St. Paul Catholic Church in Worthington. She preceded him in death in June 28, 2001.

Jack was a United States Army Veteran having served in World War II. He worked at the Credit Rating Bureau of Dubuque, operated the Farley Bowling Alley and was a butcher at Greenwood’s Grocery. He worked at John Deere Dubuque Works for 25 years until his retirement in 1984. Jack enjoyed hunting, fishing, baseball, softball, bowling and dancing.

He was a member of the St. Patrick Parish in Epworth and served on the Parish Council. He was also a 60-year member of the Farley American Legion Post #656.

He is survived by five children, Joan (Wayne) Marxen, of Epworth, James Spoden, of Cedar Rapids, Joseph (Karen) Spoden, of Robins, Judy (Jerry) Connolly, of Farley and Jerry (Margie) Spoden, of Marion; eight grandchildren, Adam (Kristy) Marxen, of Cedar Rapids, Justin (Laura) Marxen, of Hiawatha, Rachel (Terry) Kramer, of Bernard, Angela (Dan) Meyers, of Cedar Rapids, Michelle (Will) Amerine, Jamie (Andy) Lollback both of Lakewood, Colo., Amber (Lori McDermott) Connolly and Christopher Spoden both of Cedar Rapids; 13 great-grandchildren; sister, Jean Ann (John) Heiberger, of Epworth; and brother-in-law, Maurice Losey, of Dubuque.

He is also preceded in death by his parents; his wife; a brother, Karl (Florence) Spoden; a brother-in-law, Bill Beresford.

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