John L. Tomlinson, 83, rural Traer, died on Friday, April 3, 2009 at Allen Hospital in Waterloo after a lengthy illness.
Visitation was held on Wednesday, April 8 from 4-7 p.m. at Overton Funeral Home in Traer.Service will be held on Thursday, April 9 at 10:30 a.m. at Amity Presbyterian Church, rural Reinbeck.
Special services: Order of Eastern Star services will be held on Wednesday evening April 8 at 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home and also military rites by Traer American Legion. Burial will be at a later date at the Buckingham Cemetery in Traer, IA.
Memorial Fund has been established. Overton Funeral Home in Traer is in charge of arrangements. Phone No. 319-478-2775. Condolences may be left at the web site at www.overtonservice.com
Presbyterian Church in rural Reinbeck. John and Jeanette made their home farming on the family farm all their married life. John was a 4th generation Registered Shorthorn Breeder and also fed cattle, selling the last of the cattle in January 2002. He was a member of Amity Presbyterian Church, Hesperia Masonic Lodge # 340 AF & AM, Bona Dea Chapter # 375 Order of Eastern Star for 44 years and for 24 of those years he served as Worthy Patron. He also was Grand Sentinel in 1995 Lucky Charms Grand Family, Hawkeye Links of Iowa and served as Grand Representative to Vermont. He was a 54-year member of Kubik Finch Legion Post # 142 and was proud to serve his country. John was an honest, hard-working man, had a wonderful sense of humor, loved his family deeply, and appreciated friends. He enjoyed telling stories about growing up on the farm, working with his dad and brother. He was proud of the Century Farm which has been in the family for 137 years. Left to cherish his memory are his wife Jeanette of almost 58 years, two children, Linda (Leo) Lohse of Gladbrook and Paul (Merrilee) Tomlinson of Cary, NC, four grandchildren, John Lohse of Ottumwa, Jody Lohse of Gladbrook, Christopher and Matthew Tomlinson of Cary, NC, a brother Ervin of Phoenix, AZ, a sister Arlene (Richard) Pippert of Dysart, a sister-in-law Julie Jones
(Bill) Beenblossom of Washington, IA, 8 nephews, 2 nieces, and several cousins. In death he has rejoined his parents and two brothers.