John Wetherbee, 84, of Marshalltown, died Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, at the Iowa River Hospice Home in Marshalltown. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, at the Mitchell Family Funeral Home in Marshalltown. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, at the funeral home in Marshalltown. Memorials may be directed to the family. For condolences or questions please visit: www.mitchellfh.com. Mitchell Family Funeral Home is caring for John and his family.
John Edwin Wetherbee was born on July 15, 1928, in his parent's farm home. He was the son of E.C. (Ned) and Bessie (Thompson) Wetherbee, and the youngest of five children. John attended eight years in the Wetherbee (Taylor #4) Country School, graduated from Marshalltown High School with the class of 1945 and also attended Iowa State University. John started farming in Taylor Township in 1947. On Dec. 4, 1949, John was united in marriage to Janet Mitchell in the Green Mountain Congregational Church. John was a dairy herdsman in Wisconsin and Western Iowa. He and his daughter Cathy moved back to Marshall County in 1988. He designed a new building and started another dairy herd and retired in 2006 due to his health.
John always admired quality livestock of all species having shown draft horse colts, saddle horses, beef cattle, sheep and swine in early years and always dairy cattle for 67 years. John was active in many dairy, agriculture and civic organizations as well as a faithful church member. Janet passed away Dec. 7, 1981, after 32 years of marriage. On Nov. 24, 1989, he was united in marriage to Geneve Carlon and they had 23 years together.
Left to cherish his memory is his wife, Geneve, of Marshalltown; daughter, Cathy Jo Wetherbee, of State Center; his sons: William (Diane) Wetherbee, of Double Oak, Texas, and Jeffery(Sharon) Wetherbee, of Sartell, Minn., his step-children: Joyce ( Bill) Blomster, of Fairmont, Minn., Gene (Chris) Carlon, of Marshalltown, Dwain (Rita) Carlon and Janet Fox, both of Colorado, Don (Lori) Carlon, of Marshalltown, six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren, nine step-grandchildren and 12 step-great-grandchildren.
In death John rejoins his parents; his first wife, Janet; sisters: Mabel Grove, Margaret Adams and Marylyn Lair and brother, Lowell Wetherbee.