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John Swartzendruber

John Swartzendruber, 83 of Wayland, died Saturday, September 14, 2013 at his home in Wayland.

Funeral Services have been set for 10:30 AM Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at the Sugar Creek Mennonite Church. Burial will follow at the Sugar Creek Cemetery. Family visitation will be from 4-8:00 PM Monday at the Church. A memorial fund has been established for Parkview Home and Mennonite Central Committee (Mennonite Missions).  Beatty Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements.

He is survived by his wife Anita of Wayland, son Jeff and daughter-in-law Pat of Waterloo, Iowa, granddaughter Bethany and husband Josh Ruyle of Alexandria, Virginia, great grandchild Husdon Taylor, and daughter Amy and son-in-law Jim Wolter of Nashville, Tennessee, and one sister Faith Carpenter and husband Jim of Michigan. John now joins his grandson John Richard Swartzendruber in their eternal home in heaven.

John grew up in Wellman, Iowa, the son of Peter and Lydia (Swartzendruber) Swartzendruber, moved to Wayland in 1951 and worked first as a farmer, then as a trucker and feed salesman.  He began auctioneering in 1952.  On February 21, 1954 he was united in marriage to Anita Eichelberger at the Sugar Creek Mennonite Church in Wayland.  In 1971 he was hired as manager of Wayland Sale Company, leasing it in 1973, purchasing it in 1983.  John was twice named Iowa State Champion Auctioneer, and named Man of the Year by the Iowa Auctioneers Association in 1988.

John has always been involved in his community.  He has been a member of Sugar Creek Mennonite Church where he served on the extension committee and other offices.  He served on the Wayland Economic Development Corporation, the Wayland Lions Club, Wayland Centennial Committee and the Parkview Home Board for nine years – six as president.  He was a volunteer auctioneer for the annual Parkveiw Home Benefit, and gave 32 years of service to the annual MCC sale.  John also served on the Wayland 4th of July Committee and on the Henry County Conservation Board.

He has said of his life that he's had “so many good experiences and would do it all over again.”  In celebrating 60 years of auctioneering this year, he shared that he will be forever grateful to his friends, business associates and family, and last but not least “thanks to the good Lord, and I give Him all the credit for the strength and health to do this.”

God spared John's life through three major heart attacks and a recent surgery.  “Through those days” John says, “I never had a fear of dying.  I felt God's presence by my side at all times.  The experience strengthened my faith.”  His outlook – in recent words to his doctor – was “I'm in a win – win situation...I win if I'm healed and I win if I go to heaven.”

Preceding John in death were his parents, two brothers; Wilbur and Mark Swartzendruber and a grandson: John Richard Swartzendruber.

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Our prayers and thought are with the family. Peace be with the family - Graig, Lisa, Christopher, Craig, Sharon, Carson, John, John and Rachael Stauffer

Rachael Stauffer Sep 17 2013 12:00 AM

Anita and family, I just saw the picture and obituary...it took me back many years to when I lived about a half mile from you. John always had a great smile and kind words when I would see him! Teresa (Heisner) Anderson

Teresa (Heisner) Anderson Sep 17 2013 12:00 AM

His ever going energy allowed him to keep him on the go. We enjoyed the times in Florida during the auction, NAA conventions and Illinois Relief Sale and the Sunday evening phone calls. May God's peace give you comfort, Anita.You will miss him. Blessings. Bob and Joyce in Ohio

Bob and Joyce Frey Sep 17 2013 12:00 AM

Jeff & Amy...I just happened to come across the news of your father's passing.I wanted you to know that we will be thinking of you and praying for God's comfort.Alan & Joyce Scholle

Joyce Scholle Sep 16 2013 12:00 AM

Anita and family, its hard to remember the loss of my dad and the mix of emotions, memories, and adjustments.But I remember Uncle John telling my two young sons that he would be their substitute grandfather.The boys thought that was pretty neat.He will always be remembered as a: Fun-loving uncle known for lets play football at the family gatherings where out-of-bounds was the driveway on one side and the cornfield on the other. Singing the bass line in the family hymn-sing, as loud as he could. Telling me to play some Johnny Cash on the guitar. Our thoughts are with you at this time as you celebrate Johns life journey and going home. The Horsts: Gale, Sandy, Jaron, and Brad

Gale & Sandy Horst Sep 16 2013 12:00 AM

To the Swartzendruber Family John & I were friends for many years and shared a common intrest & love of being auctioneers. He was a champion auctioneer and 1st class gentleman and I and many others will miss him. I especially enjoyed when we would see each other at the NAA Conventions and sit down and catch up. My sincere condolences go to you all on your loss. Paul C Behr

Paul C. Behr Sep 16 2013 12:00 AM

Anita and Family I share your sadness.John was one of my favorites.It was always such a joy to see him at conference and continuing education courses; and to share God's love for us at the Fellowship of Christian Auctioneers International.Someday, we'll gather again for a heavenly auction reunion.I pray that the Lord will comfort you with His peace and surround you with His love.Fondly, Maxine O'Brien

Maxine OBrien Sep 16 2013 12:00 AM

Anita, Jeff and Amy, Since we are unable to deliver our condolences in person, I want you to know that you and your families are in our thoughts and prayers. I have fond memories of Uncle Johnny. He liked to have fun and had a laugh that lit up a room. He always seemed to have a "twinkle" in his eye.

Sylvia Bartel Sep 16 2013 12:00 AM

Anita and family, Very sorry and sad to hear of John's death.He was a true friend and an inspiration to me.It was indeed a pleasure to work with John at the Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin Relief Sales and the Pleasantview Benefit Sale.John also let me work the ring one Monday at Wayland which was a fun time as well.May God Comfort you at this time and in the future.May your memories sustain you in the days, months and years ahead.John is reunited with his grandson John and a host of fellow auctioneers from the great state of Iowa .Peace to All.

Richard Wildermuth Sep 15 2013 12:00 AM