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John David Walkup

John David Walkup, son of Annabel (Haidsiak) and Harold John Walkup, was born March 4, 1957 in the Ringgold County Hospital in Mount Ayr, Iowa. Two older brothers, Mike (6) and Dale (4) welcomed and loved him.

John David received his formal education in Mount Ayr Community Schools. He graduated from Mount Ayr in 1975. Because he was hospitalized, he was unable to attend his 40th class reunion. Reunion attendees thoughtfully signed a card and many included encouraging notes.

John David had farming in his blood. He and his Dad became partners in the farming operation. He was especially adept in raising and judging cattle. Livestock auctioneers from Clarinda to Lamoni and from Maryville to Creston soon recognized and respected his opinion and judgement. He also liked going to other auctions; often buying and reselling. He soon became known on a first name basis answering to John or J.D. John David did custom farm work especially in grinding stumps. Often when he presented his charge, the incredulous response was, "Are you sure this is right and enough?" He often contributed his work in various towns, churches, or individuals. Once requesting the check to be made to a local cancer victims benefit.

John David enjoyed hunting (an expert marksman), fishing (he generally caught his share or more), and looking for and finding mushrooms. He never divulged his secret places. Hearing of his success, his Uncle Frank came to go fishing with him. Upon returning empty handed, his uncle dryly remarked, "I think I was taken to every dry pond and river".

John David was an avid puzzle solver, particularly crossword puzzles. He was a card shark and he liked his dogs.

John David was a charter member of the Sons of American Legion, Ringgold Squadron #172, in Mount Ayr. Over the years, he has held an office nearly every year from Commander to finance. He never missed a meeting if he could help it. In fact, he attended the last meeting on July 7. He was always on the courthouse lawn during Ayr Days, serving up loin sandwiches.

John David was diagnosed in December 2014 with lung cancer. At this time, he came under the care and auspicious of Dr. Shreck. Four chemo treatments cured the lung tumor but another worse demon attacked his bones. More chemo and radiation but severe excruciating pain was wrecking his body and he entered the Ringgold County Hospital on July 10. The pain was brought under control and he passed away peacefully there on July 16 with his family by his bedside.

John David was baptized at an early age and became a lifetime member of the Methodist Church; he believed.

John David was preceded in death by his father; nephew Justin Andrew Walkup; grandparents Glenn & Gladys Walkup and John & Anna Haidsiak.
Survivors include his mother, Annabel Walkup; brother Mike (Mary) Walkup and Dale (Sharon) Walkup; nephews Joe Walkup, Brandon Walkup, and James Walkup; nieces Jennifer Walkup, Amy (J.P.) Whittington, Ann (Darin) Schlapia; great nieces and nephews Madison and Isabel Walkup, Kelsey McVay, Alaina, Owen and Ava Whittington, Adrian and Andrew Schlapia; aunts Helen Walkup and Lois Haidsiak.

John David made no pretense as to whom or what he was. He only asked the same in return: acceptance.
Don't walk in from of me-
I may not follow.
Don't walk behind me-
I may not lead.
Walk beside me-
And just be my friend.

A memorial fund has been established in his name to be decided later.

  • Open Visitation

    July 20, 2015
    2:00 PM to 8:00 PM

    Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home

    205 West Monroe St
    Mount Ayr, IA

  • Family Will Be Present

    July 20, 2015
    5:00 PM to 7:00 PM

    Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home

    205 West Monroe St
    Mount Ayr, IA

  • Funeral Service

    July 21, 2015
    10:30 AM

    Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home

    205 West Monroe St
    Mount Ayr, IA

  • Burial

    Tuesday July 21 2015

    Redding Cemetery

    Redding, IA

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God bless each of your family members at this time of loss. Boy, John David was a true man of the country, here in OUR great country. Could drive anything and back any tractor, no matter what he was pulling. ''of course, he is a Walkup!''
bye ya''ll!
rebeccy (knapp)

Posted by rebecca miller - Neighbor   February 24, 2016

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Annabel and family,

We extend our deepest sympathy in the loss of John David. What a young man and a joy in your life. Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this sad time. Praise the Lord the memories will live on forever in your heart.

Posted by Edith (Olney) Hensley - Kansas City, MO - Friend of the Family   July 26, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

With deepest sympathy to the family from some other Redding kids - Sally, Dennis, Martha, Neil, Tim, and Linda Saville.

Posted by Sally Stephens - lakewood, CO - Family friend   July 24, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

So sorry to hear about the passing of John David. May the many happy memories sustain you now and in the days and years to come. We always seemed to meet at auctions and seemed like only yesterday he was trimming a tree for us. Always enjoyed visiting with him.33

Posted by Betty and Ron Conley - Mount Ayr, IA - Friends   July 20, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

So sad to hear of John David''s struggle and passing. My deepest sympathy to dear Granny Annie and my friend and co-worker Mary and all the family.

Posted by Kathi Shay Kuhl - Winterset, IA - friend/teacher   July 20, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

So sorry to hear of John David''s passing. He was missed at the Class Reunion, but everyone was thinking of him. Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Alan and Lois Ibbotson - Tingley, IA - Friend/Classmate   July 20, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

My condolences to your family. John was a good man, I''m glad I got a chance to meet him.

Posted by Jayla Johnson - Mount Ayr, IA   July 20, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Annabelle, So very sorry to hear about John David''s passing. He was such a card to be around. I have so many memories of John David when I used to work for you at the Sale barn in Grant City. He always would tease me and he still did when I would run into him around town not that long ago. Hold tight to all those memories and I sure well miss seeing him around. RIP my friend.

Posted by Jo Ann Pollock - Mount Ayr, IA - Friend   July 19, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

So sorry to hear of your loss, have known the family since I lived on a farm east of Redding. John was in my son Kenny Runyons class, R.I.P.

Posted by Lou Thornton - Urbandale, IA - friends   July 19, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM


Our hearts are sadden to hear the loss of a friend and classmate, he will be missed. May you feel God''s presence at your time of sorrow.

Caring Sympathy,
Mary Lahiff

Posted by Mary Lahiff - Atlantic beach, FL - Friend and classmate   July 18, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

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