Mineral Wells Index, Mineral Wells, TX

October 16, 2012

John Willard Zody

Mineral Wells Index

— TOLEDO, Iowa – John Willard Zody, Lt. Col. United States Marine Corps, retired, 76, died Oct. 14, 2012, at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa.

Service is 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, at Kruse-Phillips Funeral Home in Tama, Iowa. Interment will follow at National Cemetery in rural Vining, Iowa. Visitation is 5-7 p.m. Wednesday at Kruse-Phillips Funeral Home.

John Willard Zody was born in Tama County on Sept. 30, 1936, the son of Richard J. and Libby L. (Melsa) Zody. He graduated from Toledo High School in May 1954, and graduated from DeVry Technical Institute in Chicago, Ill.

On Sept. 5, 1970, he was united in marriage to Janet Faust in Stuart, Iowa. John retired as lieutenant colonel from the United States Marine Corps Service, having served both in the reserve at the Naval Air Station in Grand Prairie, Texas, and on active duty at the Naval Air Station in Willow Grove, Pa. For several years from the 1960s to the early 1970s, John worked for Southern Airways as a helicopter pilot instructor at Fort Wolters in Mineral Wells. He worked later as the airport manager at Mineral Wells Municipal Airport.

John served as police officer for the Toledo Police Department; the chief of police for Montour, Iowa; bus driver for the South Tama County Community School District; EMT Intermediate with the Toledo Ambulance Service; and park ranger at the Otter Creek Lake and Park.

His passion for life was flying helicopters, and in his spare time he loved to fish and raise sheep. He also liked polka dancing, football and watching bull riding.

He is survived by his wife, Janet Zody, of Toledo, Iowa; daughter and son-in-law, Annette and Brian Bennett, of Mineral Wells; daughter and son-in-law, Patricia Zody and Robert LaFleur, of Alexandria, Va.; son and daughter-in-law, Steven and Vanessa Zody, of Roseville, Calif.; son, Kevin Zody, of Toledo, Iowa; and grandchildren, Rebeka Bennett, Catherine Bennett, Donovan Miller, Elisa Zody, Annie and Alannah Perez, Ajaylah Zody and Faith Zody. He is also survived by a sister and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Richard and Libby Zody, of Toledo, Iowa.

 Memorials may be directed to the Iowa Heart Foundation.