John E. McCalmant, of Marion, Iowa passed away on April 16, 2019. John was born June 22, 1925 in Wyoming, Iowa, son of William E. and Ruth (Parsons) McCalmant.
He was drafted out of high school and served his country in World War II in the U.S. Army in both Atlantic and Pacific theaters. Upon returning, he was employed as a truck driver for Big Bill’s Feed in Wyoming, Iowa. He met Marjorie Nelson from Springville and they married August 24, 1952. John and Marjorie’s home was always a warm, welcoming place for everyone. There were no strangers. After relocating to Cedar Rapids, he was employed by Iowa Windmill & Pump, which eventually became Plumb Supply Company. John enjoyed fishing, camping, being outdoors and spending time with friends and family, especially Thanksgivings with loved ones. He was known as the man who could fix anything. He loved reading western novels and going gambling with friends to local casinos.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Marjorie (Nelson) McCalmant, son, Jerry McCalmant, infant son, Jay McCalmant and brothers, George, Robert, Charles, Vernon, Ivan, William, sisters, Donna and Verna. Left to cherish John’s memories are: daughters, Judy (Bill) Kietzman, Janet (Ed) Hurst, Joan (Gary Kaplan) McCalmant, Jayne Lane, brother Benjamin and sisters Rose Mere and Thelma Rohlena, grandchildren John (Erika) Sloatman, Jeff (Liz) Kietzman, Denise (Andrew Guthrie) Sloatman, Dave (Alex) Kietzman, Kassidy, Allen, Aaran and Andrew McCalmant, Ryan and Jessica Lane and ten great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
A special thanks to the Hiawatha Care Center Staff for their compassionate and loving care.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Unbridled Spirits Thoroughbred Retirement Ranch and Stead Family Children’s Hospital.
A visitation will be held on Tuesday April 23 from 4:00-7:00 pm at Cedar Memorial Park Funeral Home, 4200 First Ave NE, Cedar Rapids. Memorial Service will take place at 1:00 pm on Wednesday April 24 at Cedar Memorial Park Chapel of Memories with burial to follow at Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery.