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John Michael Unrau

July 27, 1939 - February 1, 2020
From: Spencer, IA
John Michael Unrau

John Michael Unrau

Born: July 27, 1939
Died: February 1, 2020
Age: 80

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John Michael Unrau, the son of John Mervel and Sue Elizabeth Russell Unrau, was born July 27, 1939 in Des Moines, IA.  John received his education and graduated from Spencer High School in 1958.  He continued his education at Buena Vista College, University of Iowa and Mankato State with a Masters Degree in 1972.  John served during the Vietnam War with the United States Navy from 1965 to 1968.

      John married Marlys Gay Thompson on February 3, 1987 in Spirit Lake, Iowa.  John worked at the Arnolds Park Amusement Park for 17 years.  He enjoyed fishing and hunting along with some adventures in golf.  John was an avid fan of John Wayne and all of his movies.  He also enjoyed relaxing with television and a cold beer.  He and Marlys took trips to Black Hills, Montana and Wyoming.  Most of all, John loved spending time with his family.

     On February 1, 2020, John passed away at Longhouse Residence in Spencer at the age of 80.  He was preceded in death by his parents.

     John is survived by his wife, Marlys of Spencer, IA; one son and his wife, Franklin  and Brooke Unrau of Galena, IL; 2 granddaughters: Frankie and Charlotte Unrau; 4 step-children: Theresa Thompson of Minneapolis, MN, Dan Schlarbaum of Spencer, IA, Cheri (Charles) Daws and Joe Schlarbaum of Minneapolis, MN; two brothers and their wives: Jerry (Patricia) Unrau of Houston, TX and James (Mary Lou) Unrau of Dallas, TX; other relatives and friends.

Graveside Services are pending to be held in the Spring.
North Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery
Spencer, Iowa


Friday, February 21, 2020 at 11:20 AM
“Marlys and family, we are so sorry to hear of Johns passing. Our deepest sympathies. ”
- Rhonda and David Nelson
Saturday, February 8, 2020 at 8:03 AM
“Marlys so sorry about John. Always enjoyed you and John coming to things when I worked at Longhouse. Will remember you on my prayers.”
- Norma Fitzgerald
Wednesday, February 5, 2020 at 8:04 AM
“My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, Marlys, at this difficult time. (hugs)”
- Betty Crabb
Monday, February 3, 2020 at 8:46 PM
“I am so sorry to hear about John. Keeping your family in my thoughts and prayers. ”
- Diane Vos Haedt
Monday, February 3, 2020 at 6:22 PM
“So sorry to hear of John’s passing. I remember him working in the amusement park. He will be missed. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. ”
- Vicki Vos Milverstedt
Monday, February 3, 2020 at 2:25 PM
“We are so very sorry for your families loss. John was a very good man and we are certain that he will be missed. You will all remain in our prayers.”
- Danny and Mary Little
Monday, February 3, 2020 at 2:25 PM
“Sorry to hear about Johns passing, we were classmates at spencer high”
- Jon Harrold
Monday, February 3, 2020 at 2:25 PM
“Marlys and family, Sorry for your loss.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Sincerely, Jim and Mary McCarthy”
- Jim and Mary McCarthy
Monday, February 3, 2020 at 12:20 PM
“I am sadden to have seen that jhon has passed he will be gratley missed by many off us he new how to make our day so sorry for your loss i will for sure miss him.”
- Heidi sky
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