John Ralph Zweibahmer, Ossian, Iowa, October 22, 2021

John Ralph Zweibahmer, born on July 28, 1968 died at Gundersen Health System in LaCrosse, Wisconsin on October 22, 2021 from complications due to covid.

Karl and Jean (Holtey) Zweibahmer’s “Little Johnny” grew up on a farm outside of Ossian and went to DeSales Catholic School through the eighth grade. He then graduated from South Winneshiek High School in 1986.

After high school, he attended Hawkeye Tech for Ag Business. There he won a couple of national awards; Postsecondary Agricultural Student, Ag Chemicals and Fertilizer. When completing tech school, he moved into an Oskaloosa home with his high school honey, Teresa. These love birds tied the knot August 7, 1989. There he worked at Agriland FS Coop for a couple of years until him, Teresa, and first-born, Michael, settled back home in northeast Iowa. In NEIA, he farmed, worked at Featherlite, CGB Grain, and ViaField. His favorite employer though was Teresa, when he got to stay home for her and take care of their kids. We recall him reminiscing and stating those were his most rewarding years.

Some of his most accomplished and fulfilling years were those spent with the Knights of Columbus. He had a passion for living and enlightening the principles of charity, unity, and fraternity. He joined the K of C’s in 2008 not actualizing the extent to how much this organization was going to effect his life. John served as Grand Knight for Ossian Council 2073. He held many titles within the program; District Deputy, Executive Board Member, State Warden, and State Membership Director. As the State Membership Director, he was awarded the highest degree Circle of Honor in 2018 and 2019, which he was very honored to achieve. Within the church, he also served as a fourth-degree member, Faithful Navigator of Davis Assembly 271, and Eucharistic Minister.

As some called him, “Big John” enjoyed tinkering and spending time outdoors; hunting, fishing on his boat, and gardening. He also liked drinking Peach Crown, playing games, popcorn and stringing Johnny Cash on his guitar, not necessarily in that order. He hated maid rites, being late, and a bad Iowa Hawkeye football game, not necessarily in that order. He was a good story-teller; 80% of it was true, the rest was up to your interpretation. In 2017, one day shy of his birthday, he gained his newest title, “Papa John.” Some of his biggest smiles were when he was with his grandchildren.

His spirit is carried on through his wife, Teresa Zweibahmer of Ossian, Iowa; children, Michael John Zweibahmer of Roland, Iowa, Ashley (Brian) Jestrab of Protivin, Iowa, Amanda (Luke) Benjegerdes of Waukon, Iowa and Andrea (Tyler) Lundtvedt of Palo, Iowa; four grandchildren, Mila, Kyson and Ava Jestrab and Gabriella Lundtvedt; mother, Jean Zweibahmer of Ossian, Iowa; mother-in-law, LaVonne Koch of West Union, Iowa; his siblings, Jerry (Steph Wiltse) Zweibahmer of Fredricksburg, Iowa, Julie (Brian) Pecinovsky of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Jason (Marilyn) Zweibahmer of Calmar, Iowa and Jaclyn (Michael) Wittenburg of Robins, Iowa; brothers-in-laws, Dwane (Roni Sue) Koch, Rodney (Loretta) Koch, Brian Koch and Keith (Bobbie Jo) Koch; and several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

John is reunited with his father, Karl Zweibahmer on November 25, 2017; father-in-law, James Koch; paternal grandparents, Theodore and Lillie Zweibahmer; maternal grandparents, Ralph and Carmela Holtey; and his uncle and aunt, Larry and Sandy Rothmeyer.

Visitation will be held from 4-8 pm with a 3:30 pm KC Rosary and 8:00 pm Scripture Service on Friday, October 29, 2021 at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Ossian, Iowa. There will also be a one hour visitation before mass at the church on Saturday.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 am on Saturday, October 30, 2021 at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Ossian, Iowa with Rev. Robert Gross as the celebrant.

Burial will follow at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Cemetery in Ossian, Iowa.

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If you’re about to throw away a pair of holy socks, stop. You can rotate those bad boys and get more use out of them. Don’t you dare go to church in jeans or spend your money on jeans with holes. Never throw scrap wood or metal, you don’t know when you’ll need it for repairs. Heck, keep all of your scraps because you can, and will find a use for every single thing. Take the time to teach and educate others, knowledge is privilege and should be shared with everyone. But most importantly, never lose sight of your faith, family, and friends. These are some of the lessons we have learned from John in his 53 years of life.

Schmitz-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Ossian, Iowa is assisting the family with arrangements.

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