John E. Zepp, 79, of Jefferson, died Jan. 24.
A funeral service was held Jan. 27 at the Slininger-Schroeder Funeral Home, with words of comfort by Pastor Caleb Delzell of The Dwelling Place.
Music included “Amazing Grace” by Arlo Guthrie and “Just a Closer Walk With Thee” by Patsy Cline.
Honorary bearers were Bud Haley, Anne Butler, Jasmine McClintic, Skyler McClintic, Shawn Haley, River Zepp, Amber McCauley, Cassie Kesselring, Ryan McCauley and Erin Richman.
Casket bearers were Rod St. Clair, Mike St. Clair, Justin Moreland, Robert McCauley, Sam Harding and Scott Shriver.
Interment was in the Jefferson Cemetery.
John was born Oct. 14, 1940, in Sac City to G. Merle and Francis (Hasty) Zepp. He was welcomed by sister Phyllis.
He was raised on the family farm between Winkleman Switch and Squirrel Hollow, across the road from Aunt Maude. He attended school in Jefferson.
As a child, he enjoyed spending his summers with Aunt Ellen, Uncle Wink and cousins Janie and Dick.
John was mentored by Jack Albrecht and made a career and life working for Shriver Construction as a foreman for the Steel crew. He was an expert with a welder and his Bantam Crane.
John was all about cars and elk hunting trips to Colorado.
He was very proud of his original one-owner, fully restored 1970 Roadrunner and El Camino and taking them to car shows. He was very excited the year he got his bull elk and couldn’t wait to get it back to Iowa to share it with his family and friends.
He found great peace at Monarch Pass, Colo., and being in nature. He made sure anything he reaped while hunting was consumed.
John is survived by his children: Carolyn (Jim) Moreland, Christine (Arnold) Kesselring, G. Jason (girlfriend, April) Zepp, and John (Jenn) Zepp; grandchildren: Justin Moreland, Erin (Josh) Richman, Robert McCauley, Amber McCauley, Cassie Kesselring, Ryan McCauley, Jasmine McClintic, Skyler (fiancee Rebecca Wasson) McClintic, River Zepp; seven great-grandchildren; his very dear and special friend, Anne (Annie) Butler; and Shriver brother-in-arms Bud Haley.
John was preceded in death by his parents; sister Phyllis; and infant daughter, Catherine Lynn; many family members; friends; and his Shriver Construction family, including Shriv and Jack; and last but not least, his kitties.
This is not goodbye, it is until we meet again.