1920-2012

John Molitor, 91, of Coon Rapids, died Friday, March 9, 2012, at Thomas Rest Haven in Coon Rapids.

 Mass of Christian burial was at 10:30 a.m. today at Annunciation Catholic Church in Coon Rapids.

Celebrants were Father Andrew Hoffman and Deacon Louie Meiners.

Organist was Faye Seidl. Vocalists were Annunciation choir.

Lector was Carlene Dorpinghaus.

Gift bearers were Brandy Nagl and Leah Vogl.

Casket bearers were Jimmy Kennebeck, Mike Nagl, Jim Molitor, Kevin Dorpinghaus, Tyler Prenger and Matt Prenger.

Honorary casket bearers were Thomas Rest Haven, John Grettenberg, Doyle Gymer, Steve Kult, Doug Lloyd Carol O’Tool, Joni Bock, JoAnn, Claussen, Linda Free and Carolyn Hart.

Burial was at Coon Rapids Cemetery with military honors by Gurney Parker Post 357 of the American Legion.

Arrangements were by Johnson & Woodhouse Funeral Home.

John Henry, son of John and Christina (Lambertz) Molitor, was born August 11, 1920, at Carroll. He grew up near Lake City where he attended country school through the eighth grade. John then worked as a farmhand and for the Civilian Conservation Corps.

On Oct. 15, 1942, John was drafted into the U.S. Army and served in the European Theatre of Operations and North Africa with the medical battalion of the 9th Infantry Division. On Sept. 31, 1945, he was honorably discharged from Fort Sheridan.

On Oct. 27, 1945, John was married Ruth L. Morrow at Lake City. The couple first made their home in Manson where John worked with the Iowa Highway Commission. He then worked as a mechanic in Gowrie and Coon Rapids, retiring in 1986.

John was a member of the American Legion in Coon Rapids and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post in Scranton. Throughout the years, he enjoyed fishing, bowling, woodworking, tinkering with anything mechanical and overall keeping busy with his hands. He was affectionately called “Johnny Crocker” for his ability to bake angel food cakes for his granddaughters.

John is survived by his wife Ruth Molitor of Coon Rapids; a daughter Barbara J. Vogl of Carroll; a son Randy Molitor and special friend Dianne Westfall of Salem, Ore.; three grandchildren: Christine Beeson of Des Moines; Brandy Nagl and husband Mike of Farnhamville; Leah Vogl and fiancé Jeremy Kennebeck of Carroll; five great-grandchildren: Marissa, Macie and Max Kennebeck and Caleb and Noah Nagl; three brothers: Marvin Molitor of Storm Lake; Allen Molitor of Winnetka, Ill.; Alvin Molitor and wife Jo of Carroll; and nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son-in-law LeRoy Vogl; grandson Johnathan Bryant Molitor; sister Viola Selzer and husband John; brother Larry Molitor and wife Lydia; brother-in-law Ken Morrow and wife Florence; and a sister-in-law Marjorie Baldwin and husband Willard.