Vigen Memorial Home – John B. Jobe, 78, Keokuk


John B. Jobe, 78 of Keokuk, IA died Saturday, August 11, 2018 at his home.

He was born April 19, 1940 in Fairbolt, MN the son of “Jack” John C.  and Mary Florence


“Floss” Bassett Jobe.  On January 23, 1960 he was united in marriage to Nila Haage at St. Francis Catholic Church in Keokuk.  She survives.

Other survivors include two daughters, Nancy Jobe Wheeler (Jim) of Tulsa, OK and Shari Jobe Bozorgzad (Cameron) of Reston, VA, four grandchildren, Nicole Bozorgzad Quast (John) of Redwood, CA, Kaitlin Wheeler Custer (Andrew) of Tulsa, OK, Jessica Wheeler Larson (Kyle) of Broken Arrow, OK and Natalie Bozorgzad of Ballston, VA, one great-grandchild, Fredrik Larson of Broken Arrow, OK, two brothers and sisters-in-law, Steve and Joycelyn Haage and David and Ellen Haage of LaJara, CO and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his father and mother-in-law.

John graduated from Keokuk High School, Class of 1958.  He attended Keokuk Community College where he majored in journalism.

He had been employed as a reporter and in advertising sales by The Daily Gate City in Keokuk.  He then moved to California and eventually moved back to Keokuk.  In 1962, John began working for his father at Jobe Press, which he operated until his retirement.

John was a member of the Lee County Health Board, Keokuk City Council, had been a past president of the Jaycees and had chaired the Keokuk Street Fair.  John had also been instrumental in the no smoking ban in Iowa and was currently an active member of E-Free Church in Keokuk where he had served as a past chairman.

John was a fun loving person who liked to stay active, although he enjoyed a good nap.  He loved riding his bicycle, acting in plays and attending high school sporting events.  He enjoyed Friday night dinner and cards with his friends.   John was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan.   John was a talented drummer and had played for several famous singers throughout the years and was inducted into four Hall of Fames.  He recently formed J.B. & the Rhythm Rockers Band.  John loved to travel worldwide and had visited fourteen countries as well as most of the United States.  John considered himself a hamburger connoisseur and was always on the lookout for a good burger.   Most of all, John adored his family and friends and loved spending time with them.

A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m., Thursday at E-Free Church in Keokuk with pastors Jack Klose and Jim Richardson officiating.  Burial will be in the Oakland Cemetery in Keokuk.  In honor of John, please wear jeans or whatever is most comfortable.          

Visitation will be held after 1 p.m., Wednesday at the Vigen Memorial Home in Keokuk with the family meeting with friends from 6-8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Lee County Health Department, Great River Players, or E-Free Church.

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