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John R. Locke

Mar 26, 2017


1:30 p.m. Monday, April 3, 2017, at Locke Funeral Home


1:00 to 6:00 p.m. Sunday, April 2nd at Locke Funeral Home


Waterloo Cemetery, Waterloo


Newel Post Adult Day Services


John R, Locke, 84, of Waterloo died at Pinnacle Specialty Care, Sunday, March 26, 2017.


John was born January 12, 1933, in Waterloo, the son of Carroll and Margaret Harvey Locke.  He married Maryann Stevens June 14, 1950, in Lancaster, MO.


John attended West High School and graduated from Kansas City College of Mortuary Science in 1954.  John was 15 when he worked for the summer for the Illinois Central Railroad on the section gang, the hardest work on the railroad.  He had also worked for the Waterloo Police Department and as a funeral director at Locke Funeral Home for over 50 years.


In early 1950 John joined the United States Marine Corps Reserve.  In August 1950 before his senior year in high school his unit, “C” Battery, 6th 105 Howitzer Battalion, was called to active duty.  He was discharged from the Marine Corps in April 1952.  John was an Honorary Lifetime Member of Local #66 International Association of Fire Fighters; Waterloo Lodge #105 A.F.&A.M., Cedar Valley Chapter #128 O.E.S., Scottish Rite, York Rite, El Kahir Shrine, Knights of Pythias, and High Twelve Club; Waterloo American Legion Post #138; Waterloo Downtown Rotary Club; Waterloo B.P.O.E. #290; and United States Power Squadron.


John loved to spend time with his family, boating, and snowmobiling.  He cared deeply about his responsibility to help people in their time of need and showed that through caring and compassionate help to countless families through the years.  He had many friendships, acquaintances and connections throughout the community with an impact that will live along with his memory.


Survivors include: wife Maryann; daughter Jilldeane (Mike) Connolly of Mahtomedi, MN; son Jack (Janet) Locke of Waterloo; four grandchildren: Eric (Shasta) Locke of Waterloo, Elizabeth Locke of Cedar Falls, Lindsey Christensen of Waterloo, and Larissa (Landon) Treloar of Waverly; five great grandchildren: Steven, Morgan, and Kristin Locke, and Brady and Quinn Treloar; brother Fred C. (Awilda) Locke of Wilmington, NC; sister in law Thieleane Raecker of Waterloo; brother in law Scott (Pat) Stevens of Woodbury, MN; and nieces and nephews he loved dearly.


Preceded in death by: his parents, brother Dick (Gerri) Locke, and brother in law Dr. James A. Raecker

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  1. Rick Hibben | Mar 30, 2017

    I can't express my sympathies in a more profound way, but I will say that John Locke will be missed as a compassionate man when he was needed most by those of us that have suffered the loss of a loved one.

    I have been to many services for friends and family over the years and was always treated with the utmost respect.

    I'm sure John knows as he smiles down from Heaven that his legacy will live on in his children and grandchildren.

    All I can say is thank you John and may God take you on the most wonderful eternal journey that we can only dream of.

  2. Joe and Joan Meany | Mar 29, 2017
    Sending sympathy to each of John's loved ones. May your Christian faith and fond memories  comfort you.
  3. Mark and Teri Suiter | Mar 28, 2017

    Dear Locke Family:

    We thank you for the generations of service and comfort you have provided to this community.  We have personally benefitted from your professional and personal care.  We will hold you in our thoughts and prayers, in the days ahead.  

  4. Maynard Hatch | Mar 28, 2017
    I was privileged to work with John while serving as pastor of First Baptist Church.  He was always professional while being personal.  Ruth and I were pleased with the service he provided at the time of the death of her Mom, Louise Cordle.  It was special to consider John a friend.
  5. Marilyn Moore | Mar 28, 2017
    My deepest sympathies.  Such a kind and caring man.  It was an honor to know John and the rest of the family.  Thank you all you have done for the community.  My thoughts, prayers and concern reach out to the Locke Family.   Heaven has gained another angel.  
  6. Beth Deuel | Mar 27, 2017

    I would like to extend my deepest sympathy to Maryann and the rest of the family. My husband James Deuel was a fellow classmate and admired John and his accomplishments. James passed away on Dec 26, 2016 here in Iowa City where we retired  in 2006 so I understand what you are going through now. Sharing with family and friends your joys and fun times helps ease the grief. My prayers are with you.


  7. Bill Daringer | Mar 27, 2017

    John i woulD like to say "Thank you!" For all that you have done for so many years in the cedar valley.  You may not know it but you have touched so many lives over the years in so many positions.

    I would like to say that it has been an honor to know you..

    Now John R. Locke it is your turn to rest those hard working hands and feet.

    Gone but not forgotten. . For it's not good bye just untill we meet again.

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