John Roorda

Services for John G. “Jack” Roorda, 87, were Tuesday, Jan. 3 at 11 a.m. at Murdoch-Linwood Funeral Home in Cedar Rapids.

Jack died Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016 at Methwick Community in Cedar Rapids after a short illness. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials for Methwick Community.

Jack was born May 22, 1929 in Oskaloosa, to John Henry and Iva Erena (Giles) Roorda. Jack was a high school athlete and scholar and a 1947 graduate of Knoxville High School. He earned a track and football scholarship to Simpson College and was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity. He earned a teaching certificate from Simpson.

On Thanksgiving morning Nov. 23, 1950, he married his high school sweetheart (Mary) Louise Denny in the Knoxville United Methodist Church chapel.

In 1951, Jack served his country in the U.S. Army in the Korean War as an MP. Upon his honorable discharge he earned his bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from what is now the University of Northern Iowa. He taught school for several years, then had a long career in sales in several locations before moving back to Knoxville. Upon his retirement, he was serving as general manager of the Pella Chronicle.

Jack and Louise moved to Ocala, Fla., for retirement before moving to Cedar Rapids to Methwick Retirement Community in 1999. Louise died in 2004.

Jack enjoyed woodworking, playing pool, making jokes and spending time with family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Iva; wife, Louise; sisters, Betty and Marjorie; brothers-in-law, Arthur and Parke; and daughter-in-law, Gena.

Jack is survived by four children: Deborah (Rick) of Keokuk; Doug of Belle Plaine; Denise (Scott) of Cedar Rapids; and Dawn (Mark) Prosser of Storm Lake; nine grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and many other relatives.

The family would like to thank the staff of Methwick and the staff of Unity Pointe Hospice team for the loving care of their beloved Jack.