Condolence & Memory Journal

I saw John briefly at our 50th college reunion, and was saddened and shocked to read of his passing in our class newsletter. He and I, along with the Byrd brothers, had many a lively discussion on politics, economics, and life in general at Cowles hall. I'll always remember his hospitality, and lively intellect with fondness and will miss seeing him at Grinnell. May he be at peace.

Posted by Rick Fuller - Seattle, WA - Grinnell College friend   October 01, 2013

Just returned form a fishing trip to Canada and was shocked to learn of John's passing. John was a good friend and we would get together when he passed through St Louis or when I passed through Iowa or Grinnell.
We shared many a pizza over conversations
on stocks,the stock market, and political views. I will miss John and his views on the above. May he rest in peace.

Posted by Bob Kinker - St Louis, MO - Friend   August 24, 2013

Dear Miriam, I was so sorry to hear about John's passing. I have such fond memories of all of your family as we were growing up. You are in our thoughts & have our deepest sympathy. Kathi

Posted by Kathi (Thompson) Sawyer - Grinnell, IA - classmate   August 19, 2013

Miriam, I was saddened to hear of John's passing. He brings back fond memories of Grinnell. Jolee

Posted by Jolee Billings Fraterelli - centennial, CO - classmate   August 19, 2013

Miriam - Very sorry to read of John's passing. He was a loyal friend, invited me to speak at Kiwanis when he was club president, and liked to share our common interest in sports. I will miss seeing him in Grinnell. Dave Adkins

Posted by Dave Adkins - Corpus Christi, TX - friend   August 19, 2013

Attending Kiwanis luncheons with my dad, John was always the first to greet us and usually with a barrage or opinions on a wide range of topics. And while he was insistent on understanding, he was never a pest. His depth and breadth of knowledge was remarkable. I really liked him.

Posted by Warren Taylor - Windsor Heights, IA - ex-neighbor   August 18, 2013

I am so sorry to hear of John's passing. Many good memories from Grinnell and Iowa City days: summer saturday night trips to the super modified races in Knoxville, driving the county roads sweeping up corn from the trucks to sell, Ohio State football fanaticism, and in more recent years his passion for discovering the local library in all of his travels. And always, always, robust political discussions for hours and hours. John, you will be missed but never forgotten.

Posted by Jim Danforth - Lexington, KY - Friend, classmate   August 18, 2013

John has been a good friend since 1989, when I moved to Knoxville, Iowa, to lead the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum project. He has been a loyal member of the non-profit museum foundation, and a great supporter over all those years. John was passionate about Knoxville Raceway & the National Sprint Car Museum, Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio, and the Ohio State University Buckeyes football program. He believed everyone should read the biographies of Ohio State's Wayne "Woody" Hayes and Eldora's Earl Baltes. Just last week he was here and book the new book, "Knoxville Nationals: the First Fifty Years," a literary project that he has championed for years. A couple of years ago, John led our "Friends of Knoxville Raceway" Night-at-the-Races program. Rest In Peace, John. And know that you will NEVER be forgotten in Knoxville, Iowa.

Posted by Tom Schmeh - Knoxville, IA - friend   August 17, 2013

We here in Iowa City were saddened to hear of John's passing.
We hold you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.
He will be missed next summer at our Hughes Reunion.

Posted by Conni Tudor Lynch - Iowa City, IA - Shirt tale relative   August 16, 2013

Here's to John, an indelible memory from my past, my companion on many a snowy afternoon as we walked home from school. Peace be with you, friend.

Posted by Gordon Taylor - Salem, OR - high school friend   August 14, 2013