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John "Jack" Leroy Gidley

October 12, 1936 - November 27, 2020
From: Milford, IA | Originally: Sioux Rapids, IA
John "Jack" Leroy Gidley

John "Jack" Leroy Gidley

Born: October 12, 1936
Died: November 27, 2020
Age: 84

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     John “Jack” Leroy Gidley, the son of Arthur and Edna (Schneider) Gidley was born October 12, 1936 in Cedar Bluffs, NE. He moved to Riverton, WY as a young child, before moving to Sioux Rapids, IA as a freshman in high school. He played 4 years of football and other  activities.

     John enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1956 and served until his Honorable Discharge in 1958. He married Ramona Stacy on February 14, 1956. After the Army they moved back to Sioux Rapids where he opened a gas/service station.  He had a real passion for serving all the locals in keeping their automobiles operating and was considered a rock in the community. He operated for 50 years under the names of Jack’s Skelly, Jack’s Conoco, and Jack’s Service. Jack sold the business and then worked part time at Sioux Food Center-continuing to serve the local Sioux Rapids community. He retired in 2016 retired and moved to Milford Iowa. He enjoyed many family activities, showing horses-snowmobiling-motorcycling-camping-hunting-golfing-walking-spending time with friends and family and going to Joy and Mikes school activities. He especially enjoyed bantering back and forth with Mike about his Hawkeyes and Mikes Cyclones!!!

     Jack passed away Friday, November 27, 2020 at the age of 84, at Spencer Municipal Hospital  after a fierce 5-week battle with the Corona Virus. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Ramona, one brother, Gene, and 2 sisters, Laverna and Marlin.

     Left to cherish his memory are his son, Mike (Barb) Gidley of Arnolds Park, IA and Joy (Paul) Madsen of Sioux Rapids, IA; her grandchildren: Jacqueline, Kayla and John Gidley, Stacy (Madsen) Thompson (Adam), Matt (Miranda) Madsen and Nikki Madsen; her great grandchildren: Blake, Johnny and Ally Madsen, Ronin and Kaia Thompson; other relatives and friends.

Private family graveside services will be held 11:00 A.M., Saturday, December 5, at Lone Tree Cemetery in Sioux Rapids.

In Lieu of any flowers, a memorial has been established in Jack's name and cards may be sent to 
P.O. Box 43, Arnolds Park, IA, 51331
Rev. Tonna Parsons
Stacy Thompson
Matt Madsen
Nikki Madsen
Jacqueline Gidley
Kayla Gidley
John Gidley
Lone Tree Cemetery 
Sioux Rapids, Iowa


Friday, December 11, 2020 at 7:50 AM
“So sorry to the Gidley family. All were great friends. Jay and Murt Steffen”
- Jay Steffen
Saturday, December 5, 2020 at 11:15 AM
“We will all miss this bright light. His three sisters, Janice Anderson of Riverton Wy Bonnie Adams of Billings Mt. and Dorothy Rine of Wheatland Wyo. Along with all the many nieces and nephews, we all wish him wings of the angel is is and was . Love always”
- Rita Massey
Saturday, December 5, 2020 at 8:06 AM
“I was deeply saddened to learn of your loss. My deepest thoughts and prayers are with you. I am thinking of you Mike, Joy, and families. ”
- Paulette McCall
Thursday, December 3, 2020 at 11:18 AM
“Jack Gidley was my first boss, in Sioux Rapids. Jack and Ramona stayed good friends throughout my life. He was a wonderful man and I will miss him. Jack was very instrumental in establishing many of my life skills in business and with people. ”
- Dennis Carver
Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at 3:38 PM
“So sorry for your loss. Just to let the family know that we thought that your Dad was a very special person and a good friend for many years. We know he will be missed by many. Thinking of your all Doug and Judy”
- Douglas Peterson
Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at 3:38 PM
“Dear Mike and Joy, I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your parents! They were so kind and generous to all! You will miss them greatly and many of us grieve with you! Ronda”
- Ronda Ellis
Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at 7:51 AM
“So sorry for your loss, I met Jack while he was working part-time at Sioux Foods Center. What a interesting guy Jack was, he was always pleasant, had a good story to tell, well mannered person, his good nature made him a very special guy. God speed my friend, I'm very glad to have met and knew one of the area's finest. Police Chief Porter ”
- Tim B Porter
Tuesday, December 1, 2020 at 4:07 PM
“Our condolences to your family for the loss of your parents 🙏. Do cherish those happy memories as they are God's gift to you. Jack and friend Jerry shared many adventures and stories with us at Bill's Cycle Center. Kindly Bill and Bev”
- Bill Bev Rice
Tuesday, December 1, 2020 at 9:44 AM
“I'm deeply sadden for the loss of your mother and now your father. My deepest condolences. I will keep you close in prayer as you move through these difficult days.”
- Mary Abrahamson
Tuesday, December 1, 2020 at 9:43 AM
“Your parents were a great couple. Now they are once again together. Prayers of sympathy to their family. ”
- Myra Coover
Tuesday, December 1, 2020 at 9:43 AM
“Gidley Family ... I am very sorry to hear of the loss of your father, especially so soon after losing your mom. I enjoyed working with your parents at Cutty's. They were always willing to do anything asked of them and great fun to be around. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers - DAWN”
- Dawn Ludwig
Tuesday, December 1, 2020 at 8:08 AM
“Mike and Joy,
What a difficult time for you! You have our sincere condolences. Jack was always so pleasant with business and so accommodating to his customers. A nice spot in the day for us.
Mary Ellen and Curt”
- Mary Ellen Jones
Monday, November 30, 2020 at 7:26 PM
“Jack Gidley was the unofficial ambassador of Sioux Rapids. He liked people and i have never met anyone who didn’t like him. He worked hard, loved his family, helped anyone who needed assistance, and lived his faith sincerely. He will be sorely missed. ”
- Coke Anderson
Monday, November 30, 2020 at 10:14 AM
“Mike, Joy, and family, we are saddened at dads passing. We know that you will have so so many memories since we do, having grown up and working beside you all these years. Almost seems like all of our families were related since we were so close. Prayers for strength and comfort at this time. Mom and dad together again!”
- Tim and Lorie Wittmaack
Monday, November 30, 2020 at 8:19 AM
“So sorry to hear of Jacks passing. I went to high school with both Jack and Ramona. Ramona and I were friends since we were three years old and was a friend of Jacks from the time he moved to Sioux Rapids. Will miss my visits with both of them. You have my sympathy and God Bless. ”
- Delores Fredricks
Monday, November 30, 2020 at 8:19 AM
“So sorry to hear the loss of your loved one. May the Lord watch over you all at this time. It is always hard to loose a Dad, Grandpa, friend, brother etc. My thoughts are with you.
- Dawn Fuhrman
Monday, November 30, 2020 at 8:19 AM
“Mike, Joy, and families, your dad was always a beam of light in the Sioux Rapids Community. He was such a gentlemen offering full service at his gas station long after the convenience stores sprouted up. Your parents are wonderful people, and in light of your sadness, it warms my heart that they are once again together. My prayers go out to all of you.”
- Stephanie O'Brien
Sunday, November 29, 2020 at 3:28 PM
“So sorry to hear of your loss, your parents were very great people and will be very missed. Sending your whole family love and prayers at this difficult time, with deepest sympathy—Cindy and Frank Demers”
- Cindy Demers
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