MAQUOKETA — John Ronek, 76, of Maquoketa, Iowa, died Thursday, September 3, 2009, at his home. His body has been cremated.

A memorial dinner will be held for family and friends on Saturday, September 12th, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Circle M Auction Hall in Maquoketa. Lahey Funeral and Cremation Service in Maquoketa is in charge of arrangements.

John Ronek was born October 8, 1932, in Bernard, Iowa, son of Otto J. and Viola E. (Oswald) Ronek. He married Joanne C. Homan on September 8, 1958, in Springbrook, Iowa.

He was a machinist at Caterpillar in Davenport, retiring in 1987.

He enjoyed planning the calendar of events for the residents of Hurst Hotel. John was an avid card player and liked to fish.

He is survived by four children, Julie (John) Keeney of Maquoketa, Jolene (Ed Lorezel) Ronek of Davenport, Judith (Tony Humphries) Renfrow of Golden, Texas, and John (Michelle) Ronek II of Decatur, Illinois; 20 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren; one sister, Eileen Kennicker of Farley; and two brothers, George (Mary) Ronek of Andrew, and Dale (Rene) Kennicker of Delmar.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a great-grandson, three brothers and one sister.

Online condolences may be left for the family at

Death date: Sept. 3, 2009#

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