A Memorial Service for John Junior Pommer, 87, will be Sat., June 29th, at 1:30 p.m. at the Elks Lodge, 2823 Willis Ave., Perry, Iowa.
John passed away of congestive heart failure at his home on Monday, June 24, 2013. He was born July 27, 1925 in Berkley, to George and Flora (Van Pelt) Pommer. He was the youngest of eight children and had about 80 cousins.
He was the first one in his family to graduate from high school. In his senior year, he worked as a teacher’s aide in the woodworking class, where he first met freshman, Ruth Lillebo. He played PHS football and ran in track and field. He set a speed record in high school that did not get broken for 32 years! But his fondest school memory was running in the Drake Relays.
Toward the end of World War II, John was drafted into the Army. He was sent to Japan where he served as a military policeman and personally guarded the leaders of Japan during their war trials. John was honorably discharged in April 1947.
He was very close to his family and was happy to return to Iowa and make it his permanent home.
Following the war, he questioned the reasons behind mankind’s problems and began searching for spiritual understanding. After talking with ministers of several religions, he found that Jehovah’s Witnesses were the only ones who could open their Bible and quickly show him the answers to his questions. So, on July 6, 1950, he and his fiancée, Ruth Lillebo, were baptized as Jehovah’s Witnesses in Hoby Trapp’s pond in Guthrie County.
John and Ruth were married two weeks later on July 23, 1950. He bought his parents’ 3-acre homestead so he could have a fruit tree orchard, a garden and room to raise his own cattle and chickens so his family could eat the best quality of food. They were blessed with three sons and two daughters. To support his family, John worked as a salesman at Gambles and Montgomery Ward in Perry. Later, he worked for 26 years at Firestone in Des Moines and retired in 1985.
He then volunteered to work for the Regional Building Committee and was given the responsibility to oversee planning menus, ordering the food, and directing the cooks for a traveling outdoor kitchen that would feed hundreds of volunteers as they quickly built new Kingdom Halls for Jehovah’s Witnesses throughout Iowa and the neighboring states. He made many new friends and cherished those years in his life.
He was a very wise and compassionate man and spent 64 years faithfully volunteering his time and energy as a minister of Jehovah’s Witnesses. He never lost his joy in teaching Bible truths to others, helping them get the answers he at one time had. He had complete confidence in Bible prophecy and looked forward to a resurrection back to the Earth after God’s Kingdom makes it into a paradise.
His favorite hobbies were golfing, woodworking in his garage and landscaping around his goldfish pond in his back yard. He loved to travel and had visited every state in the continental United States!
He is survived by his wife, Ruth; daughter, Pam Fantauzzi (Joe) of Perry; son, Jim Pommer (Patti) of Perry; and sons John Mark Pommer, (Darlene) of Altoona, and Brian Pommer (Kelly) of St. Charles; 12 grandchildren, Joseph Fantauzzi (Lori), Jason Fantauzzi (Candice), Jake Fantauzzi, Mia Anania, Megan Annear (Zaavan), Anthony Pommer, Kenyon Pommer (Agnis), Brett Pommer, Lisa Griffin (Seth), Johnathan Pommer, David M. Pommer (Jesse), and Tiara Casady (Tim); nine great-grandchildren are Isabella Anania, Jack Anania, Chloe Fantauzzi, Sadie Rose Fantauzzi, Remy Fantauzzi, Elly Griffin, Emma Griffin, Shawn Franzzini and Agatha Pommer; brother-in-law, Jerome Lillebo (Carol) of Ankeny; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews and great-great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Paula Fairchild; newborn granddaughter, Aimee Pommer; his parents, George and Flora Pommer; his sisters, Olive Cornelison and Lelia Heck; and his brothers, Gene, Melvin, Claude, Donald, and Alvin Pommer.
Memorials may be left at Carris Family Funeral Home. Online condolences may be sent to www.carrisfuneralhome.com.