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    Francis Wayne Zaruba
    February 22, 1930 - December 1, 2018

    Francis Wayne Zaruba

    Francis Wayne Zaruba
    Feb 22, 1930 - Dec 1, 2018

    Francis Wayne Zaruba
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    Francis Wayne Zaruba, 88, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Saturday, December 1, 2018, at his home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

    A celebration of Francis Wayne's life will be held at 11:30 A.M., Wednesday, December 5, 2018, at Faith Community Church in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 10 A.M. to 11:30 A.M. at the church. A private burial will be at the Mayflower Cemetery, Oxford Junction, Iowa. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

    Francis Wayne Zaruba was born on February 22, 1930 in Onslow, Iowa, to John Albert and Frances Mae (Coppess) Zaruba. He was educated in Jones County country schools and later earned his GED. He served his country in the U.S. Army earning an honorable discharge. He married Gertrude Marie Leslie on March 27, 1954 in Oxford Junction, Iowa. To this union four children were born, Vicki, Sheryl, Scott, and Tim.

    Upon returning home from his military service, Francis Wayne had worked at Clinton Engines in Maquoketa as a Melt Foreman. He then worked as a grinder at Caterpillar in Bettendorf and later retired from Caterpillar in York, Pennsylvania. In addition to his full-time job, he always had a second job as a handyman. He was a "jack-of-all-trades" and did carpentry, electrical and plumbing work.

    He was a member of Faith Community Church in Maquoketa, and the Oxford Junction American Legion Post #473. He enjoyed camping, fishing, handyman work, reading, and Blue Grass festivals and music.

    Those left to his memory include his wife, Gertrude Zaruba of Maquoketa, IA; children, Vicki (Bill) Norman of Houston, TX, Sheryl (Richard) Crist of Maquoketa, IA, Scott "Frank" (Wendy) Zaruba of Maquoketa, IA, and Tim Zaruba of Bettendorf, IA; 11 grandchildren, 2 step-grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren; and brothers, John (Joyce) Zaruba of Tipton, IA, Glenn Dale (Helen) Zaruba of Davenport, IA, Robert Zaruba of Marshalltown, IA, Jerry (Judy) Zaruba of Cedar Rapids, IA, and Jim Zaruba of Des Moines, IA; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister Barbara Widel.

    Online condolences may be left at www.CarsonAndSon.com.

     
     

    Healing Registry on Dec 4, 2018

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    Patsy Krantz on Dec 5, 2018

    CandleTo Scott "Frank" Wendy and your family My deepest sympathy. Cherish the Love shared and Memories made for these keep our loved ones with us forever in our hearts.

    Mavis J. Kaczinski on Dec 5, 2018

    CandleMy deepest sympathy to the family. May Francis rest in peace.

    Connie Bonney on Dec 4, 2018

    CandleTo Sheryl and Frank(Scott), please know i am thinking of you and the family at this very hard time in you're life.. You're dad was a great guy and when you said Jack of all trades, that he was.. He did some work for my mother, and i can never forget how friendly and honest he was, always a smile...God is getting a great guy up in heaven now!

    Barb Meyer on Dec 4, 2018

    Candle MY hearts is heavy my eyes are filled with tears . Heaven truly gained an angel. Francis was such an amazing man who holds such a special in my heart. He is safe at home at last in a beautiful place called heaven no more pain no more suffering hes flying like an eagle so beautiful an free. As the angels hold him close in their loving arms we will hold him close in our hearts forever. I will miss his laugh our conversations i will miss his smile most of all I will miss him. My thought an prayers are with all of you. I am so sorry RIP Francis you will forever hold a special place in my heart. Thanks for always bringing a smile to my face. My thoughts an prayers are with alll of you.

    Kim & Tim Flanigan on Dec 4, 2018

    Valerie and family, we are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of great loss.

    Francis Wayne Zaruba Video Tribute on Dec 4, 2018

    Sue & Mike Van Buer on Dec 4, 2018

    Frank & Wendy, and family--Thinking of you at this sad time. May you find so much comfort and smiles in the memories you share.

    Andy and Cheryl Clark on Dec 4, 2018

    Sheryl & Rich, Wendy & Frank and Families,
    We were so sorry to hear about the passing of your Father. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

    Carson on Dec 3, 2018

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    Faith Community Church
    511 West Summit Street
    Maquoketa, Iowa 52060
    10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

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    Dec
    5
    Wednesday
    Faith Community Church
    511 West Summit Street
    Maquoketa, Iowa 52060
    11:30 AM

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