John Carl “Johnny” Jaeger, 84, of Toddville, formerly of Manchester, passed away Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, at the Hiawatha Care Center in Hiawatha.

Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, Sept. 28, 2020, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Manchester. Rev. Gabriel Anderson and Rev. Louis Jaeger officiated.

Visitation was held from 2-7 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, at Leonard-Muller Funeral Home in Manchester, with a 1:30 p.m. Family Rosary and a 2 p.m. Scripture Service. Friends could also call from 9-10 a.m. at the funeral home on Monday.

Interment with Military Rites: St. Mary Catholic Cemetery, Manchester.

John was born Oct. 4, 1935, in Dyersville, the son of Sylverius and Angela (Kramer) Jaeger. John was educated in Dyersville. From 1956 to 1958 he served honorably in the United States Army.

On June 6, 1959, John was united in marriage to Ruthann Werner at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Earlville. Four children were blessed to this union. John was a farmer and also worked as a livestock manager for Manchester Livestock Auction for 29 years, retiring in 2014. John and Ruthann moved to Toddville to be closer to family in 2019.

John was a longtime member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Manchester and was also a member of the Knights of Columbus. He loved his family and enjoyed spending time with them.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Ruthann Jaeger of Toddville; his four children: Tania (Scott) Roland of Paris, Texas, Todd (Amy Clark) Jaeger of Mt. Home, Ark., Nichole (Vince) Krause of Toddville and Cory Jaeger of Des Moines; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; special daughter, Julie (Kevin) Ferden of Newnan, Ga.; four siblings: Leo (Diane) Jaeger, of Kenton, Ohio, LeRoy Jaeger, of Earlville, Marilyn Werner, of Dyersville and Loras (Mikki) Jaeger, of Davenport; sisters-and-brothers-in-law, Betty (Vincent) Herman, Rosemary (David) Salow and Joe (Carmen) Werner all of Earlville, Theresa Witter of Sherrill and Monte Werner of Belvidere, Ill.; and many nieces and nephews.

John was preceded in death by his parents; his stepmother, Colletta (Pottebaum) Jaeger; seven unborn grandchildren; eight siblings, Urban (Irene) Jaeger, Joan (George) Helle, Della Rose Downey, Eileen (John) Appel, William (Mary Ann) Jaeger, Norma (Lavern) Petsche and Jeanne Ann and Eldon Jaeger both in infancy; and in-laws, Anita Jaeger, Diane Jaeger, Leon Werner, Milt Witter and Pat Werner.

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