Wednesday, December 9, 2009
John Carl Cathcart, 1914-1985
Daily Iowegian - April 1985
In Memorium - John C. Cathcart
John Carl Cathcart was born April 16, 1914 in Johns Township near Jerome, the son of Jean Ross and Leslie F. Cathcart. He departed his life on Sunday, April 21, at the Internal Medicine Unit of the University of Iowa Hospital, Iowa City.
On August 19, 1940, he was united in marriage to Mildred Dooley in Clinton, Iowa. To this union two daughters were born, Kerry Lee Cathcart of Centerville ande Jean Marie Rosen of Stow, Ohio. John is also survived by a son-in-law, Dr. Robert Rosen and two granddaughters, Sarah Ellen and Rachel Anne also of Stow.
Other surviving relatives include two sisters, Neal Bear of Centerville and Emma and her husband Dr. J. F. Feaster of Des Moines, two brothers, James and wife LaVero of Centerville and William and wife Mildred of Cheyenne, Wyo. along with nieces, a nephew and other relatives.
John was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, David and Lester, a sister Mary and a nephew Gary Cathcart.
In his early years, Cathcart worked for the Pure Ice Company and later the Sunshine Coal Company. In 1942, he and his father-in-law, Ernest Dooley, opened the D.C. Coal Co. on Highway 2 west of Centerville, and operated it until 1966. He was then employed as a maintainer operator by Appanoose County until an injury forced him to retire.
John liked the out of doors and was an avid gardener and spent countless happy hours tending his beautiful flowers.
He had accepted Christ as his Savior and through five years of illness was always patient, never losing his sense of humor, and never complaining.
Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Wednesday morning at the Johnson-Lange Funeral Home, Centerville, with Pastor John Lewis officiating. Interment will be in Jerome Cemetery.
Don Kaster sang "How Great Thou Art" and "In the Garden."
Memorials were established to the American Cancer Society or the Jerome Cemetery Association.
Gravestone of Mildred Dooley and John Carl Cathcart
in the Jerome Cemetery