John Raymond Koresh

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John Raymond Koresh, 68, of Elkader, died suddenly Saturday, April 16, at Central Community Hospital in Elkader. 

John was born on April 4, 1948, to John and Arlene (Stagman) Koresh in Prairie du Chien. He graduated from Prairie du Chien High School in 1967. John worked for 3M in Prairie du Chien for 34 years, he retired in 2002. He enjoyed woodworking, gardening, camping, fishing, hunting and watching westerns. Most of all, John enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

John is survived by his wife, Mary of Elkader, Iowa; four children, Michael Koresh of West Union, Iowa, Eugene Koresh of Bear Creek, Alie (Eric) Redman of Prairie du Chien, and Arlenea (Sean) Dettbarn of Elkader; four step-children, Alisha Merwin (Christa Morris, special friend) of Prairie du Chien, Kari (Clifford) Suhr of Montfort, Michelle (Kyle) Timmerman of Durant, Iowa and Brittney (Daniel) Weber of Waterloo, Iowa; his mother, Arlene Koresh of Prairie du Chien; one brother, Rick Koresh of Floyd, Iowa and sixteen grandchildren.  

John was preceded in death by his father, John Koresh; one sister, Sharon and Kermit Brooks and his sister-in-law, Sandy Koresh.

Visitation will be Tuesday, April 19, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Leonard Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Elkader, Iowa with a one hour visitation before services at the church on Wednesday.

Mass of the Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, April 20, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Elkader, Iowa with Rev. Paul Peters as the Celebrant.

Private Family Inurnment will be at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Cemetery, rural Monona, Iowa with full military rites. 

Leonard Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Elkader, Iowa is helping the family with arrangements.

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