John Swartzendruber, 83, Wayland, died Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, at his home in Wayland.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, at the Sugar Creek Mennonite Church. Burial will follow at the Sugar Creek Cemetery. Family visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m., 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 grew up in Wellman, and was 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 married Anita Eichelberger. In 1971 he was hired as manager of Wayland Sale Company, leasing it in 1973, purchasing it in 1983. He was twice named Iowa State Champion Auctioneer, and named Man of the Year by the Iowa Auctioneers Association in 1988.
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. He also served on the Wayland Fourth of July Committee and on the Henry County Conservation Board.
He is survived by his wife; son, Jeff (Pat) of Waterloo; daughter, Amy (Jim) Wolter of Nashville, Tenn.; one sister, Faith (Jim)Carpenter of Michigan; a granddaughter; and one great-grandchild.
Preceding him in death were his parents, two brothers; Wilbur and Mark Swartzendruber and a grandson.