John E. Anstey

Nov 20, 2020
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Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 AM Tuesday November 24,2020 at Kearns Funeral Service 


Wood Lawn Cemetery in Oelwein 


May be directed to the family 


John E. Anstey age 86 of Waterloo died November 20,2020 at Ravenwood Specialty Care in Waterloo. He was born on April 10,1934 in Oelwein the son of Charles Edward and Rachael Naomi Palmer- Anstey. He graduated from Waterloo East High School with the class of 1953. He married Mary Jean Anton on March 16, 1957 in Waterloo they were later divorced.

John worked as an accountant for Cutler Hardware in Waterloo for 21 years until its closing. He also worked for Schoitz Memorial Hospital for 12 years and the Arkansas Department of Corrections for 5 years before retiring in 1994.

He was a member of Community Church of Christ in Cedar Falls. John enjoyed traveling, especially to Hawaii several times. He was an avid Iowa Hawkeyes fan and used to attend every home basketball and football game.

Survivors include: 2 daughters, Jodell (Tim) Mehmen, and Sandra Crow both of Waterloo; a daughter- in-law Sara Anstey of Waterlo;8 grandchildren Jessica(David) Rindels , Katie (Bryan) Kerr, Josh Surprenant ,Ben Surprenant, Andrew Suprenant, Zacary Anstey, Holly (Andrew) Kessler all of Waterloo and 15 great grandchildren and one great-great granddaughter

He was preceded in death by his parents, a son Russell Anstey and a Sister Charlene Hulett, and a granddaughter Jacqueline Jenkins-Scribner.

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  1. Julie Parrott | Nov 28, 2020

    I always felt happier when I got to see John on Sunday mornings! He would walk into our church building ready to greet everyone with that very genuine and eager smile that came with him. It was also my blessing to be a part of the choir that John and I both supported and enjoyed together. He had a wonderful tenor voice and brought a sweet spirit to our group. 

    I've been missing John for these many months of separation caused by this terrible pandemic. John cared so much about what was happening in the lives of his sisters & brothers of the Community of Christ congregation of Waterloo, and we cared just as much about him. It was hard to be apart for so long.

    Separated, but not forgotten. Still missing you, John

  2. Douglas McFarlane | Nov 22, 2020

    Anytime I met John he was so cordial and gentle.  My first recollection of John was in association with his grandmother Lydia and grandfather Joe.  Lydia was a great influence on his life.  John loved the Iowa Hawkeyes.  There was not a better follower anywhere.

    John had a beautiful Tenor voice, and it was my honor the sit next to him in the choir.  Those were good times.  When the church was open, John was there.  Our Heavenly Father has provided a place for John in the grand choir in Heaven, but God also has made John the chief Hawkeye fan in Heaven.

    I will miss you.  You were a great role model for us all!





  3. Lynn | Nov 22, 2020

    John loved Iowa Hawkeyes football and basketball and loved to discuss how they were doing.  He was very knowledgeable  about UNI Athletics.  John was also up to fate on Cedar Falls-Waterloo athletics.  I looked forward to taking with him at morning Fellowship at Community of Christ on Sunday morning "for the Love of the Game".


    i miss you John.

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