December 17, 1937 – November 17, 2018

Jack E Groene, 80, of Davenport, Iowa, formerly of Burlington, Iowa, passed away on November 17, 2018 at Genesis East Hospital.

Jack Groene was born December 17, 1937 in Ft. Madison, Iowa to Eugene Groene and Marcella (Hesse) Bohannon.

He was a 1957 graduate of Burlington Catholic High School. Jack served in the US Navy from 1957 to 1962 which included time on the USS Piedmont out of San Diego.

Jack married Eleanor Roxlau May 5, 1962, in Ft. Madison. They resided in Burlington, where they raised their six children and were members of St. John’s Parish where he served the parish as a Eucharistic Minister and Usher.

Jack was employed by Archway Homestyle Cookies for 28 years. Jack and Eleanor were married 56 years and were co-owners of the Suburban Club. Jack also cooked at Pzazz! and managed the dining area on the Catfish Bend Casino boat.

Jack enjoyed spending time on his acreages over the years which always provided a variety of pets, small farm animals and chores. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends especially when all could gather. The acreage and restaurants provided great opportunities for life lessons.

He will be remembered as a hard worker who shared his smart wit with those he loved. He shared the gift of life by donating tissue through the Iowa Donor Network.

Surviving are his wife Eleanor, children Jean (Doug) Thomas of Cedar Rapids, IA, Barb (Chris) Milke of Davenport, IA, Jay (Todd Tullis) Groene of Atlanta, GA, Brad (Julie) Groene, of Colchester, CT, Brian (Robin) Groene of Valparaiso, IN, and Jacki (Dar) Hakimzadeh of Fulshear, TX; his 11 grandchildren, Alyssa (Ben Mena) Thomas and Derek (Tracie) Thomas, Emily and Chelsea Milke, Connor and Hailey Groene, Chris Cather and Courtney Groene, Alexander, Ashley, and Allie Hakimzadeh; three great grandsons, and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father in infancy, his mother and his two half-sisters Mary Ann Owers and Donna Hartwig, as well as many beloved aunts and uncles.

The Mass of the Resurrection for Mr. Jack Groene will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, November 24th at Divine Mercy Parish - St. John Catholic Church. The Very Rev. Father Marty Goetz will be the celebrant. The Des Moines County Resurrection Choir will provide music. The Des Moines County Veterans Honor Guard will conduct military rites.

Inurnment will be held at a later date in Gethsemane Cemetery, Fort Madison, Iowa.

The family will receive friends for one hour prior to the funeral Mass.

A Celebration of Life luncheon will be held following the Mass at St. John’s Cafeteria.

According to Jack’s wishes, cremation will be accorded following the funeral Mass.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family or to Burlington Notre Dame Foundation (St. Jude Tuition Assistance).

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