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John Joseph Voster

March 23, 2020
Emmetsburg News

John Joseph Voster (75), formerly of Emmetsburg, died March 3, 2020, at his home in Ankeny. He was born Feb. 18, 1945, to Chester and Liddia (Janssen) Voster.

Funeral services were held Saturday, March 7, at Memorial Services of Iowa in Ankeny, with a graveside service at Highland Memory Gardens in Des Moines.

John graduated from Emmetsburg High School in 1963 and received an Associate's degree from Iowa Lakes Community College before attending Mankato State College. After college, John farmed for many years, worked on remodeling the clubhouse at Arnold Palmer's Bayhill Golf Course in Florida, and sold bathtubs and water filters with his father-in-law. John also worked many years in construction before spending the final 20 years of his career working as an oil tester for Bobalee Hydraulics in Laurens.

John was always willing to talk (sometimes for hours to a complete stranger) about his family, adventures, and even his mistakes. John's life reached a turning point when his first marriage ended. He quit drinking, attended Alcoholics Anonymous, and remained sober for the rest of his life. He also helped others to find sobriety through AA. John met his wife, Cynthia Webb, at a singles group in Estherville, and the couple was married on June 27, 1981. John grew up in the Lutheran church, was baptized in the Church of Christ in 1980, and remained a faithful Christian until his death.

He was an "eat desserts first" kind of person and was known to visit the dessert table first during potlucks. John enjoyed following sports of all kinds, especially baseball, golf, and football and was an avid fan of his hometown team, the Emmetsburg E-Hawks. John rooted for all the Iowa college teams, but the Hawkeyes held a special place in his heart.

John was handy when it came to fixing and repairing cars, and he had a special affinity for the 1986 Lincoln Town Car, of which he owned several throughout his life. John also enjoyed mowing the lawn at his Emmetsburg acreage and the Spencer Church of Christ and liked to be sure he had a John Deere riding lawnmower.

Following retirement, John was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease, and he spent his final six years bravely fighting as the disease gradually took away his ability to get around and communicate with family and friends.

John was a devoted husband, father, and grandpa. He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Cynthia; children Robin Voster (Phil Plourde) of Cedar Falls, Regina (Matt) Hatzinger of Wilmar, Minn.; Ryan Voster of Fort Dodge; Kimberly (Sam) Isburg of Des Moines, and Crystal Voster of Ankeny; grandchildren Erik Plourde, Jack Isburg, Henry Isburg, and Grace Hatzinger; sister Jeanne (Larry) Loring of Ankeny, sister Judy (Wayne) Hite of Delores, Colo., brother-in-law Chuck Ramsey of Denver, Colo.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

John was preceded in death by his parents, Chester and Liddia Voster, in-laws J.D. and Vercie Webb, and his sister Vonis Voster-Ramsey.



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