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“Cynthia,So sorry to hear about John. Love and Prayers from Texas. ”
1 of 8 | Posted by: Roger & Sheree Webb - Tyler, TX

“John and are so sorry for the loss of John. We have known you many years and love you all so dearly. Cynthia, let us know if we can be of help. ...Read More »
2 of 8 | Posted by: Margaret Dodson - Lenexa, KS

“Dear Cynthia, Kim, Crystal and family, how sorry we are to hear of your loss of John. Our prayers are with you as we lift John up to our Heavenly...Read More »
3 of 8 | Posted by: Kristi Rooney - Omaha, NE

“Robin, Regina, Ryan and family; I Loved John's laugh, smile and sence of humour. We all have special memories of John, I remember I was about 10...Read More »
4 of 8 | Posted by: Ellie Hansen - Runnells, IA

“Cynthia, Sorry for your loss of John. Wish we could be with you at this time. You are in my thoughts & prayers Love to all. ”
5 of 8 | Posted by: Doug & Darly Gochenour - Cherokee, IA

“So sorry to hear of your loss. ”
6 of 8 | Posted by: Gene & Elaine Powell - Terril, IA

“You have my deepest sympathy. Love to you and your family ”
7 of 8 | Posted by: Sandi Bendixen Woodley - Okoboj, IA

“Cynthia, I'm so sorry for the loss of your best friend and husband. May you be comforted by family, friends and Jesus. Fond memories of you and your...Read More »
8 of 8 | Posted by: Patriece (Byrum)Marshall - TX

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John Joseph Voster was born Feb. 18, 1945, in Emmetsburg, Iowa, to Chester and Liddia (Janssen) Voster. He died March 3, 2020, at his home in Ankeny. In his final days, he celebrated his 75th birthday surrounded by family.

A visitation with the family will be held 5-7 p.m. Friday, March 6, 2020 at Memorial Services of Iowa, 4208 N. Ankeny Blvd., Ankeny. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Saturday, March 7 at Memorial Services of Iowa, with a graveside service immediately following at Highland Memory Gardens, 1 N.E. 60th Ave., Des Moines.

John grew up in the Emmetsburg area and graduated from Emmetsburg High School in 1963. He received an Associate's degree from Iowa Lakes Community College, before attending Mankato State College. John spent time working in many different jobs and trades and farmed for many years until the farming crisis of the '80s. He traveled to install cable service, 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 lived an authentic life, and he 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 so he wouldn't miss out on the tastiest treats. 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. During football season while his kids were in school, John would drive into town early in the day to park his car in line outside the stadium so he could snag a prime spot to watch the game. John rooted for all the Iowa college teams, but the Hawkeyes held a special place in his heart. He also enjoyed golfing.

John was handy when it came to fixing and repairing cars, always changing the oil and many other parts himself. He had a special affinity for the 1986 Lincoln Town Car and owned several throughout his life. John also spent lots of time mowing the lawn at his Emmetsburg acreage and the Spencer Church of Christ and liked to be sure he had a John Deere riding lawn mower to make the job easier.

Following retirement from Bobalee, 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.