John Leo Bahning, 95, of Cedar Rapids passed away Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019 at Cottage Grove Place surrounded by his loving family. A funeral Mass was held Monday, Sept, 23, 2019 at All Saints Catholic Church, officiated by the Rev. John R. Flaherty at 10 a.m. with an hour prior visitation. Interment will be in St. Francis Xavier Cemetery in Dyersville. Cedar Memorial Park Funeral Home is caring for John and his family.

John Leo Bahning was born July 29, 1924, the son of Leo J. and Frances (Raker) Bahning. He proudly served his country in the United States Merchant Marines and Naval Reserve from 1943 to 1958. He was a proud Iowa State Alumni. John was united in marriage to Joan Schermer, April 10, 1950, in Dyersville. John was a member of All Saints Catholic Church. He enjoyed playing bridge and cribbage, gardening, fishing in the summer and making wine. In later years he and Joan enjoyed traveling throughout the world. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather who will be greatly missed.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister (Margaret Nesler); his brother (Rev. Frederick Bahning) and his infant daughters Ann and Elizabeth.

Left to cherish John’s memories are his children, Mary (David) Wille, Tom (Victoria Duggan) Bahning and Barbara (Richard) Chin; and five grandchildren, Christina, Diana, Charles, Claudia and Oliver.

In lieu of flowers, the family has respectfully requested that any memorial contribution be made to a charity of your choice.

Online condolences may be directed to the family at under Obituaries.