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John R. Calhoun
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“I was very sorry to hear of John's Passing. As the Human Services Area Administrator for Warren and Madison Counties, I depended on John for...Read More »
1 of 4 | Posted by: Dale Carter - Des Moines, IA

“We want to extend our deepest sympathy to the family of John Calhoun. Chris works with us and we want you to know we are keeping all of you in our...Read More »
2 of 4 | Posted by: Johnson Feed - Canton, SD

“I worked with John for the past year when I was a mortuary student at Dunn's Funeral Home. He will greatly be missed by many friends, family, and co...Read More »
3 of 4 | Posted by: Ed Christopherson - Humboldt, IA

“I was very sorry to hear of John's passing. He was a unique character, certainly in a very good way and he will be missed by many. KEN ”
4 of 4 | Posted by: Ken Riedel - Ames, IA


John R. Calhoun, of Johnston, died Tuesday, July 28, 2009 at Mercy Hospice in Johnston. Services will be held at 9:30 a.m., Saturday, August 1, 2009 at St. Pius X Catholic Church. Cremation will follow services and private burial of cremated remains will be held at Glendale Cemetery at a later date. John was born December 17, 1937 in Des Moines. He graduated from East High School in January 1957. John received his BA degree from Drake University in 1963 and an MS degree from the University of Missouri in 1968. He was employed by the Iowa Department of Human Services for 37 years before his retirement in May 2000. Most recently he was employed by the Iles Family of Funeral Homes as a Funeral Directors Assistant. John was a member of the National Association of Social Workers and the Academy of Certified Social Workers. He had been an active participant in the Indianola Carousel Community Theatre, appearing in many productions over a 10 year period. John was a member of church choirs in both Indianola and Des Moines, and was part of a gospel quartet and a soloist. John is survived by his wife, Nora; two sons, John D. (Carol) Calhoun and Christopher (Kim) Calhoun, both of Sioux Falls, SD; one daughter, Amy Calhoun of Los Angeles, CA; six grandchildren, Emily, Sean, Kaitlyn, Aydn, Ryan and Carson; two sisters, JoAnn Harvey of Gilroy, CA and Linda Cook of Eagan, MN and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Visitation begins 3:00 p.m. Friday at Iles Funeral Homes - Westover Chapel where the family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. and a Vigil Service will be held at 7:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Mercy Hospice in Johnston or St. Pius X Catholic Church. "Click here to view memorial folder" ARRANGEMENTS BY ILES FUNERAL HOMES ~ WESTOVER CHAPEL.

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