John F. Althoff

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John Francis Althoff, 73, of Luxemburg passed away Thursday, Dec. 30, 2021, at Manor Care Center in Dubuque.

Visitation will be held from 2-7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 27, at Kramer Funeral Home in Dyersville and will continue Monday from 8:45-9:45 a.m. at the funeral home prior to mass.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 28, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Luxemburg with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Noah Diehm will officiate.

John was born on the day he called the “sweetest day of the year,” Feb. 14, 1948, in Dyersville. The son of Sylvester and Alice (Mescher) Althoff, he attended Guttenberg High School and graduated from Iowa State University in 1970 with a bachelor’s degree in ag science. John was united in marriage to Thayis Jayne Pugh on July 15, 1972, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Marshalltown. They resided their whole married life in Luxemburg.

John participated in men’s basketball and Luxemburg men’s softball for a few years, and umped when the leagues needed someone. He drove a milk truck for AMPI for 23 years, and spent another 10 years driving for Cardinal Logistics. He enjoyed visiting his grandchildren and spending time with his 1939 Farmall International H tractor.

John will be remembered for the cheesy jokes he told - if you knew him, you’d definitely heard a few of them. John didn’t know any strangers and his family referred to him as a walking six degrees of separation. It didn’t matter where he was, he’d try to find a common link between a stranger and himself.

Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Thayis; daughters, Elizabeth Williams of Des Moines and Rebekah (Karson) Kuhlman of Middletown, R.I.; grandchildren, Walker, Cyote, Ethan, Anna and Caleb Williams and Wilhelmina and Alexander Kuhlman; siblings, Paul (Barb Ruedy) Althoff of Edina, Minn.; Daniel (Betty) Althoff of Dyersville; Ruth Eivins of Macksburg; Jean Voss of Guttenberg; David (Barb) Althoff of Edgewood; Mark (Christine) Althoff of Manassas, Va.; Mary (Patrick) Hogan of Monticello; Marvin (Robin) Althoff of Colesburg; Theresa (Dennis) Schmidt of Dyersville; Joseph (Joyce) Althoff of Guttenberg and William (Judi) Althoff of Edgewood; sisters-in-law, Sheryl Kroeger of Crown Point, Ind. and Jill (Kenneth) See of Round Rock, Texas; several aunts and uncles and many nieces and nephews.

John was preceded in death by his parents; father- and mother-in-law, Russell and Roma Pugh; one niece, Jennifer Voss; and two brothers-in-law, Keith Voss and Marlin Eivins.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Clayton Ridge High School or Iowa State University.

A special thanks to the staff at Manor Care and Hospice of Dubuque.

Kramer Funeral Home in Dyersville is assisting the family and information is available at If unable to attended John’s services, cards may be sent to Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW, Dyersville, IA 52040.

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