TIPTON – Funeral services for John Charles Packwood, 66, of Tipton, who passed away January 13, 2014 after a courageous yearlong battle with leukemia (AML), will be held Saturday, January 18, 2014, 10:30 a.m. at Fry Funeral Home, Tipton. Pastor Ron Lashmit will be officiating. There will be a visitation at Fry Funeral Home, Tipton, on Friday, January 17 from 4-7 pm. Burial will be at Masonic Cemetery, Tipton. Memorials may be made the John Packwood Memorial Fund. On-line condolences may be made to www.fryfuneralhome.com.
John was born May 7, 1947 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He was the son of Charles Weaver and Fern Irene Johnson Packwood. John was a graduate of the University of Iowa with a degree in Electrical Engineering. On February 14, 1986, John was united in marriage to Patricia Kay Krebs in Fort Dodge, Iowa. He enjoyed guns, cars, pool, photography and rock n’ roll. John was an avid believer and very successful in “do-it-yourself” repair.
John started working as the Tipton Electric Superintendent on June 1, 1994 and retired on December 31, 2013. While here, he was instrumental in modernizing the electric operations for the City. He directed the construction of the new generation building and the addition of two new diesel engines. He was also instrumental in the Tipton substation conversion project that upgraded Tipton’s power from 34 kV to 69 kV. He was a well respected leader in the Electric community and volunteered countless hours to the City of Tipton and its citizens. He will be missed.
John is survived by his wife, Pat of Tipton; daughter, Angila (Dave) Bush of Woolstock, IA; sons, John (Melissa) Packwood of Louisville, KY, Aaron Packwood of Thailand, Lucas Packwood of Utah; 5 grandchildren, Josh, Jackson, Jarrett, Dawson, Mackenzie; 2 great-grandchildren, Joel, Elayna; brother Bill (Darlene) Packwood of Leavenworth, KS; sisters-in-law, Carol (Doug) Willey of Katy, TX and Debbie (Wayne) Krug of Otho; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.