In Memory of

John "Jack" Girard Peasley

January 31, 1930 - February 21, 2018
From: Spencer, IA
John "Jack" Girard Peasley

John "Jack" Girard Peasley

Born: January 31, 1930
Died: February 21, 2018
Age: 88

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     John “Jack” Girard Peasley was born to William and Anna Kendergan Peasley on January 31, 1930 in Sioux City, Iowa. He attended St. Boniface School. Later, he worked for Goodwill Industries. Jack was proud of making rugs at home with his mother on his own loom. A favorite pastime was visiting Grandview Park and having his picture taken by Abe Lincoln’s statue.

     When Jack’s mother died, he resided with family members and in assisted living until he moved to Spencer. His niece Judy maintains that Jack was born again in 1990 when he moved to Spencer and began to live independently. His greatest delights were working for Sunshine Services, living independently, and attending Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Earning and cashing paychecks were accomplishments for Jack. He liked to draw pictures for loved ones, and he particularly enjoyed listening to KICD, polka music, and eating pancakes and omelets.

     Jack passed away on February 21, 2018 at the age of eighty eight. He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Anna, brothers Clem and Bob, three sisters, Margaret, Frances, and twin sister Jean. Jack is survived nieces Judy Johnson of Spencer and Janet Peter of Des Moines, a brother-in-law, John Thompson of St. Louis Park, MN, niece, Nancy Danielson of Montrose, MN, nephew, Doug Thompson of St. Louis Park, MN and one cousin, J. Robert Coates of Wheeling, IL, as well as many great nieces and nephews, relatives and friends. Jack never knew a stranger.

     Memorials or tributes may be sent in Jack’s name to Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Spencer, Iowa. Jack’s family remains grateful for the love and support of Longhouse staff over the last three years, the John Ingvall family, and Carmie Miller and family who cared for Jack when he was at Sunshine.

     Mark 10:31… many who are first will be last, and the last first.” 

     As Father Schrieber once said, “Jack is God’s special child.”

     A Celebration of Life will be held later when the birds sing and the flowers bloom.

Services are pending with Warner Funeral Home of Spencer.


Monday, February 26, 2018 at 8:05 AM
“My deepest sympathy to Judy and family. I worked with Jack at sunshine. He brighten my day. He will be missed.”
- Terri Ewoldt
Sunday, February 25, 2018 at 5:55 PM
“Judy, my sympathy goes out to you at this time. You gave Jack all the love and care in abundance. May the gift of tender memories sustain you at this time. ”
- Irene Stoll
Sunday, February 25, 2018 at 5:55 PM
“Uncle Jack embodied the true spirit of happiness. We will remember him as always smiling, laughing and being positive. We will cherish our memories and time spent with him. There are many open arms waiting for him in Heaven. God Bless.
The Thompson and Danielson Family”
- Nancy Danielson
Sunday, February 25, 2018 at 5:55 PM
“Dear Judy,
Jack brought so much joy to so many. The void his passing brings can only be filled by God’s love. May you feel God’s presence, comfort, and love. Praying for you now and always!”
- Mary and Tim Frank
Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 1:44 PM
“Judy, your uncle Jack had a love of the simple things but the very important things in life. He brought joy into the lives that surrounded him. I will never forget the duet he and mom sang that afternoon during my visit. We all loved him. He was a ray of light for those folks who struggle for quality of life. We all miss his wonderful voice🌹”
- Gayle DeLoss
Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 8:04 AM
“Jack was so special! He has a special place in our hearts! Thankyou Judy and family for letting us care for this special gift of Gods chosen people! I know he is welcomed by those who have walked before him! ”
- Nancy Hartmann
Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 8:04 AM
“Judy--I was sorry to read about Jack passing. You have my sympathy. You were so good to him and he was such a gentle soul. May he rest in peace. joan kallsen”
- Joan Kallsen
Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 8:04 AM
We send our sympathy for the loss of your uncle. Know how much you will miss him. Sending hugs your way!”
- Wendell & Diane King
Friday, February 23, 2018 at 5:28 PM
I was so sorry to read about Jack..what a happy fun guy he was. You were so good to him.
RIP Jack you wil be missed.
Love and prayers to all..”
- Jackie Mann
Friday, February 23, 2018 at 5:28 PM
“I had the pleasure of knowing and working with Jack at Sunshine. He holds a special place in my heart, he was a ray of sunshine each and every day! Sending prayers to Judy and all of Jack’s family and many friends. Kelly & Mark DeYoung ”
- Kelly DeYoung
Friday, February 23, 2018 at 11:48 AM
I am so sorry to hear of Jack's passing. He brought such a smile to all of us when he visited on Fridays! If one could clone a great and happy personality to share in this world, it would be his. May your memories of him always bring you comfort. ”
- Suzi Harper
Friday, February 23, 2018 at 8:07 AM
“I am honored to have known Jack. I enjoyed helping him at the bank . We counted many ones!! He was such a positive and happy person. I hope they have chocolate pizza in heaven. God bless you Jack!”
- Liz Stevenson
Thursday, February 22, 2018 at 2:05 PM
“Heaven has gained the most beautiful angel. I'm so very blessed to have known Jack. I'll cherish the memories I have of Jack while at Sunshine. Praying for the family during this difficult time. ”
- April Laubenthal
Thursday, February 22, 2018 at 10:11 AM
“Judy and family, I'm so sorry for your loss. Jack was such a sweetie and so happy. He would sing - You are my Sunshine and always drawing pictures. Heaven has gained a beautiful angel. God bless. Tammy from Sunshine.”
- Tammy Merry
Thursday, February 22, 2018 at 8:07 AM
“Heaven welcomed a true angel today. I was so blessed to be able to spend so many good years with Jack, he was a true blessing in my life! Judy, Jack was so lucky to have you taking care of him he loved you so.. He had such a wonderful supportive family! Hugs and prayers to all of you. Jack will be missed by so many he was such a light in so many peoples life.”
- carmie miller
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at 8:46 PM
“Judy I'm sorry for your loss Jack was a sweetheart and will always have a special place in my heart . Thanks for !getting me take care of him. Hugs
Dorothy Brons”
- Dorothy Brons
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at 5:06 PM
“Judy, We appreciate all you did to help your Uncle Jack . He was indeed a great person who enjoyed life. We send our prayers & love to you and family. May you continue to share memories of Jack with family & friends. Hugs, Lisa & Phil Nelson”
- Lisa & Phil Nelson
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at 1:55 PM
“Praying for the family ”
- Jessica
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at 1:54 PM
“I loved Jack! He was so soft spoken and kind. My sympathy to his family.”
- Annie Golden
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