John J. Stubbs
January 11, 1939 - June 19, 2018

John J. Stubbs

John J. Stubbs
Jan 11, 1939 - Jun 19, 2018

John J. Stubbs
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John J. Stubbs, 79, of Marshalltown, IA, passed away Tuesday, June 19, 2018, at his residence. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 a.m., Friday, June 22, 2018, at St. Mary Catholic Church, Marshalltown. Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., with a 7:00 p.m. Vigil Service, Thursday, June 21, 2018, at Anderson Funeral Homes in Marshalltown. Interment will be at Riverside Cemetery in Marshalltown. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to CIRSI. Online condolences may be sent to

John was born January 11, 1939, in Green Mountain, IA, to Harold and Margie Stubbs. He graduated with the Class of 1957 from Green Mountain High School. John was united in marriage to Mildred Michels on June 14, 1959, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Marshalltown. He worked at Ritchie Manufacturing in Conrad, IA, American Fire Apparatus in Marshalltown, and Fisher Controls in Marshalltown. After retiring from a 32-year career at Fishers, John went on to work 14 years at Pursel Davis Funeral Home and for several area farmers. He was a member of The Loyal Order of Moose, The Knights of Columbus, and a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Marshalltown. John was a self-taught musician who played with various musical groups for over 45 years. Mildred joined him as a band member for over 35 of those years. His love of music and the many friendships made through the years moved him to initiate The Old Timers Reunion Jam, an annual event for 11 years, enjoyed by local musicians and their followers. John was one of several people instrumental in creating the Marshalltown Girl's Softball Association. He enjoyed fishing, paddling his canoe, camping, and loved watching a good softball game. John also enjoyed the park at the farm with his family. John and Mildred rode his 1951 Farmall-M tractor in the annual Green Mountain Tractor Ride.

John will be missed by his wife, Mildred; daughters Lorri (David) Kearns of DeSoto, KS, Jo (Mike) Mostrom of Ames, IA, Carolyn (Jeff) Himes of Marshalltown, IA; grandchildren Gary (Maureen) Kearns, Samantha Kearns, Aaron Mostrom, Levi Mostrom, Melissa (Joe) Ghormley, Amy Stiehl, Brett (John) Himes-Downey, Ashleigh (Bob) Sager; seven great grandchildren, and one on the way in November; two great great grandchildren; sisters Deloris Nelson and Lois Stubbs; sisters-in-law Veleta (Walt) Tintjer, Carol Parks, Barbara (Don) Lynk, Judy Michels, and Delores Dunham. Preceding him in death were his parents, in-laws Joe and Lois Michels; brother Marvin Stubbs; brothers-in-law Bud Nelson, Merle Parks, Bob Michels, Dan Dunham; and granddaughter Leah Mostrom.

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LaDonna Runner on Jun 25, 2018

Mildred, I am so sorry to hear of John's passing. Please know you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Barbara & Duane Beichley on Jun 21, 2018

Mildred & family- Sending sympathy & prayers at John's passing. He was a great man... so friendly and kind. His body is now at rest and his soul is with his Maker. Blessings-
Barbara & Duane Beichley, Linn Creek, MO

Bob Christenson on Jun 21, 2018

Mildred & family,

You are in my thoughts as I read this sad news. It was a joy to have known John. Being in one of the 1st bands with you both when I moved to Marshalltown in 1980, I remember those times with great fondness. Blessings to you and there family.


Richard Madson on Jun 21, 2018

Mildred and family, As you know John was a very close cousin with me and my family while I was younger and lived in Farnhamville. We still had some reunions when I came back from Virginia. John and the other “Stubb boys” (Alva’s) came back to visit Mom (their Aunt Geneva) often before she passed away. I will always remember that. God bless you and your family
Dick and Marie Madson

Beverly Kilman on Jun 21, 2018

My sympathies to you Mildred and your entire family. The times we were able to get together since high school always reminded me of John's great sense of humor. Hearing him laugh and seeing him smile was a real joy. I will miss him and so will the whole Green Mountain Class of 1957.
Beverly Merryman Kilman

Jean Byrnes on Jun 21, 2018

Mrs. Stubbs I am so sorry to hear of Johns passing. I worked with him for many years at Fishers and he was always a delight to be around. I won' t be able to make the funeral but I will be saying a rosary for him.

Gene Hartwig on Jun 20, 2018

Sincere condolences to John's family. I enjoyed spending time with John at Knoxville Nationals years ago and sharing his passion for motorcycle flat track racing. He always was upbeat and positive at work and set a high bar for professionalism at work.

Karen Thompson on Jun 20, 2018

I am so sorry for your loss. I always enjoyed visiting with him.

Jim DeGrado on Jun 20, 2018

So sorry for your lost Mildred. John was a great teacher. I learned a lot from him by working in Customer Service at Fishers with him. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Gloria Beyer Ennis on Jun 20, 2018

Mildred, so sorry to hear of John’s passing. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Take care. Gloria Beyer Ennis

Martha Acord on Jun 20, 2018

Mildred and family,
Words cannot express my sorrow in learning of John's passing. May you find comfort in your faith and peace in God's love.

Barbara Wolf on Jun 19, 2018

Mildred and family, My Deepest and Sincere Sympathy to everyone in the loss of your loved one. Prayers and thoughts go out to you at this time. Treasure your memories and John was a wonderful person , Knowing John through the dances he played at. My Father Russell Wolf , his friend Ila enjoyed dancing to the music, and I, Barbara was showing up at the dances. Lord give Mildred and the family peace, comfort and strength in the days ahead.

Brenda on Jun 19, 2018

Mildred and family, I'm very sorry yo hear about John's passing. I enjoyed taking care of him at dialysis. I will cherish the stories he would tell me about himself and how much he loved his family. He was a very proud person if his family. He will be deeply missed by many. My thoughts and prayers to you and your family. May God comfort you all through this difficult time.

Dennis and Chris Perry on Jun 19, 2018

We were so very sorry to learn of John's passing. Our band loved our friendship with him and you, Mildred. Please accept our warmest condolences.

Dennis and Chris Perry on Jun 19, 2018

We have both known John and Mildred for most of our adult lives. It has been such a blessing to be able to say this and to also say they are our true friends. Mildred, we are so very sorry for you and your family and will always think of John with a smile because no matter how he felt, that is what you always got from him. God bless him and you.

Roger Burt on Jun 19, 2018

Hello Mildred and Family. Shocked and so sad to learn of John's death. I know you have spent hundreds, actually probably thousands of hours as a caregiver the past several years. You are truly an Angel Mildred. This is a difficult time for you but please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. Roger and Barb Burt . GMHS Class of 1957.

Dee Davenport on Jun 19, 2018

Mildred and family—I am so sorry to hear about John’s death. You are in my thoughts and prayers at this most difficult time. Dee Davenport



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Anderson Funeral Homes - Marshalltown Chapel
405 W. Main St.
Marshalltown, IA 50158
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
A Vigil Service will follow at 7:00 p.m.


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9 W. Linn Street
Marshalltown, IA 50158
10:30 AM

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