A gentle soul, Rudy R. Jasa, Sr., passed away early Sunday, August 2, 2020 at Unity Point Hospital in Cedar Rapids from complications following a fall.
Private family graveside services will be held at Cedar Memorial Cemetery with Rev. Daryl Martin officiating.
Rudy was born on August 27, 1930 in Cedar Rapids to Rudolph and Mabel (Blank) Jasa. He married the love of his life, Margaret (Marge) Nesetril June 9, 1950 at United Methodist Church of Marion. They recently celebrated 70 years of marriage.
Rudy attended Franklin High School in Cedar Rapids and started working at a young age. He worked for Willman Const., and later started a trucking business hauling feed, grain and livestock. His biggest project was hauling bricks from railroad cars to the new schools, Washington, Jefferson and Regis that were being built in Cedar Rapids. He worked at Farmland Industries and retired from Vigortone Ag. Products in 1995.
Rudy and Marge enjoyed square dancing and camping for many years. Rudy was an avid Hawkeye fan, enjoyed nature and traveling with the camper. He was patriotic and started making spinning flag poles which he put out every day as long as he was able. He was also known as the “Hammer Man” and had a 500+ collection of hammers and various other tools.
Surviving are his beloved wife, Margaret (Marge), their five children, Rudy Ray Jasa Jr., Hiawatha, Jerry Jasa, Monticello, Terrie (Mike) Kramer, Urbana, Jacki Jasa (Mike) Kann, and Rod Jasa, both in Marion, Eight Grandchildren, Angela (Bert) Chirinos, Marion, Jody (Danny) Sullivan, Ankeny, Jay Walton (Jennifer) Jasa, Anamosa, Gwendoline (Frank) Berrones, Layton, UT, Jaime (Jonathan) Haynie, West Allis, WI, Jordan Jasa, Iowa City, Trent (Emily) Kramer, Urbana and a special granddaughter, Alia Arthur, Hiawatha. Nineteen great-grandchildren and one on the way and 9 great-great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Marie Weakland and nephew Rob Schumacher.
In lieu of flowers, Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, ALZ.ORG.