John Richard Garetson

April 1, 1949 ~ June 2, 2021 (age 72)




11:00 AM at Grace Church

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John Garetson, 72, of Ankeny, Iowa entered into the arms of Jesus on June 2, 2021; after a brief but extremely courageous battle with colon cancer.  John’s wish was to be cremated. A public visitation will begin at 10:00 am with a Celebration of Life to follow at 11:00 am on Saturday, June 12, 2021 at Grace Church (4200 E. 25th St., Des Moines, Iowa 50317).

John was born to Glen and Dorothy Garetson in Lamont, Iowa on April 1, 1949.  He was the youngest of seven children.  After graduating from East Buchanan High School, he continued his education at the University of Northern Iowa.  John served his country in the United States Air Force for four years in Altus, Oklahoma. Shortly thereafter, John and Vicky moved to Waterloo. He began working at Youngblut Construction. He later worked at Reed Cadillac-Oldsmobile-Honda, Vose Industries, and Transportation Insurance Services in Clive, Iowa. He also ran a successful Tax Preparation Business for over 40 years. He retired from Transportation Insurance Services in 2018 and while continuing to prepare taxes.

In 1970 he married Vicky Myers, the love of his life and best friend.  Together they were blessed with two children, Joy and Kevin “K.J” and three heavenly babies.

Those who celebrate him include his wife Vicky of Ankeny, Iowa; daughter; Joy (Kevin) Johnson of Ankeny, Iowa; son, Kevin “K.J.” and (Ashley) Garetson of Ankeny, Iowa. His grandchildren:  Wesley, Camden and Katie Johnson, Drew and Ivy Garetson. His siblings and their spouses: Stella Miller, (Audrey) Garetson, Glen (Doris) Garetson, Melvin (Carol) Garetson and Larry (Dee) Garetson. Vicky’s Family: Richard (Kathy) Mosher, Gary (Karen) Schmitz and Robert (Diane) Shatek. Nephews and Nieces

He is preceded in death by his parents; Glen (Dorothy) Garetson, parents in law; Alvin (Jean) Myers, brother; Kenneth Garetson, sister; Charlotte (Marlin) Manchester, brother in law; Richard Miller, nephew; Kenneth Garetson Jr., nieces; Robin Shatek and Kim Krecicki.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Unity Point Hospice or Grace Church for distribution of Bibles.

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June 12, 2021

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Grace Church
4200 East 25th Street
Des Moines, IA 50317

Celebration of Life
June 12, 2021

11:00 AM
Grace Church
4200 East 25th Street
Des Moines, IA 50317

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