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“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...Read More »
1 of 10 | Posted by: Rick Fuller - Seattle, WA

“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...Read More »
2 of 10 | Posted by: Bob Kinker - St Louis, MO

“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...Read More »
3 of 10 | Posted by: Kathi (Thompson) Sawyer - IA

“Miriam, I was saddened to hear of John's passing. He brings back fond memories of Grinnell. Jolee ”
4 of 10 | Posted by: Jolee Billings Fraterelli - CO

“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...Read More »
5 of 10 | Posted by: Dave Adkins - Corpus Christi, TX

“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...Read More »
6 of 10 | Posted by: Warren Taylor - Windsor Heights, IA

“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...Read More »
7 of 10 | Posted by: Jim Danforth - Lexington, KY

“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...Read More »
8 of 10 | Posted by: Tom Schmeh - Knoxville, IA

“Miriam, 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...Read More »
9 of 10 | Posted by: Conni Tudor Lynch - Iowa City, IA

“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. ”
10 of 10 | Posted by: Gordon Taylor - Salem, OR

John D. Tomasek, 72, of Grinnell, died on Monday, August 12, 2013, at his home.

A funeral service will be held 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, August 21, 2013, at the Smith Funeral Home in Grinnell with Rev. Orlan Mitchell officiating. Interment will be at Hazelwood Cemetery in Grinnell.

Friends may call at the Smith Funeral Home beginning 12 noon on Tuesday and the family will be present at the funeral home from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday.

Memorials may be directed to Grinnell Regional Medical Center.

John was born on February 18, 1941, in Grinnell, Iowa to F.W. "Tommy" and Ethel Evans Tomasek. He was raised in Grinnell and graduated from Grinnell High School with the Class of 1959. He also graduated from Grinnell College with a degree in economics in 1963, and did graduate work in economics at the University of Iowa.

John worked for many years in building demolition and salvage, first for the D.H. Griffin Company in Saltville, Virginia and later for the Ehinger Construction Company in Kansas City, Missouri. Following the death of his father in 1984, he returned to Grinnell and was involved in farm management.

He was an enthusiastic member of the Kiwanis Club of Grinnell and a fan of the Ohio State Buckeye football team. Other interests included sprint car racing, the stock market and farming. A friend said of him "I admire what John had accomplished as a farm dealer/operator. He had reinvented himself as a knowledgeable authority on Iowa agriculture." He traveled widely around the United States on work projects and attending football games and car races.

Survivors include his sister, Miriam (Ed) Freiter of Kingwood, Texas; one nephew, Erik Freiter of Houston, Texas; one niece, Christine Butterfield of Austin, Texas; and one grandniece, Dylan Grace Butterfield, also of Austin.

He was preceded in death by his father in 1984 and his mother in 1986.

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