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John R. Waters

John Raymond Waters was born October 9, 1941 in Winterset, Iowa to Burt L. Waters and Georgia Fay (Pace) Waters. After high school John joined the United States Navy and served in the Vietnam War.

After his time in the service he returned home to Des Moines. John was united in marriage to Patricia Ann Liggins. To this union five girls were born, Margareit, Beverly, Jacqueline, Kimberly and Paula. They were married for 22 years until they divorced, and John continued raising his five girls on his own.

John worked many years as a salesman in the Des Moines area. He sold several different things over the years from vacuums to Homeowners Insurance trailers and most recently selling cars for Bud Mulcahy's in Des Moines. John resided in Mount Ayr after retirement. He enjoyed the people in the community and fishing at Loch Ayr Lake.

John was preceded in death by his parents; son-in-law Junior Routh; his brothers and sisters.

Left to cherish his are his five daughters Margareit Millard and Beverly Routh both of Des Moines, Jacqueline (Tim) McVey of Mount Ayr, Kimberly Waters and Paula Waters both of Des Moines; eleven grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; and extended family and friends.


Graveside Service & Burial: 12:30 p.m. – Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Iowa Veterans Cemetery – 34024 Veterans Memorial Drive, Adel, IA 50003

Officiant: Pastor Frank Mueller

Military Honors: U.S. Naval Honor Guard

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I am sorry for your loss. We have been friends for over 55 years and I know you will be greatly missed. You were a very kind person to Jim and myself and our kids.

Marilyn Waters Jun 22 2018 12:00 AM

You are going to be greatly missed, I appreciate all the time that we had together I know all of you are watching over us love ya uncle John

Dawn Burgett Jun 19 2018 12:00 AM

Grandpa I can't believe it has come this is honestly been one of my biggest fears for some time now I'm veray thankfull that I was able to come say goodbye I new as we was visiting I. The room you was tired of fighting the good fight and I just new it was the last time we would see each other but even In your las moments you didn't let it change who you where you are and will always be one of the biggest impacts in my love I love you grandpa I until next time .... I'll be wating seeing a man about a horse around beer o clock ....

Allen Fortner Jun 19 2018 12:00 AM

I am going to miss you Dad I love you very much and suddenly the world seems like such a scary place. Love you your oldest Margie

Margie Millard Jun 18 2018 12:00 AM

"Old soldiers never die, they just fade away" -- Douglas McCarthur John was such a nice guy, in the brief time that I've got to talk to him, I got to know him well. I am saddened to see that he is gone, but I know, he is not forgotten. My thoughts and prayers are with him family. May God give you peace in this time of grief. John entered into God's rest. God bless you all who mourn, for you-says his Holy word, shall be comforted. Amen

Anonymous Jun 14 2018 12:00 AM