Joe W. Coller (1922 - 2016)

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JESUP – Joe W. Coller, age 94, of rural Jesup, died Saturday, July 2, 2016 at Living Center West in Cedar Rapids.
He was born June 11, 1922 in Osceola, Iowa the son of Hal and Mabel (Castor) Coller. Joe graduated from La Porte City High School with the Class of 1941. He was united in marriage with Bonnie L. Barnes on December 30, 1945 in Waterloo. She preceded him in death on January 27, 2014.
Joe farmed in rural Jesup for many years. He was also employed at Rath Packing Co., working mostly in the loading dock for 25 years and then worked at the Mental Health Institute in Independence for many years, retiring in 1984. Joe was a private pilot and owned his own plane, helicopter and landing strip. He enjoyed working with computers and was a licensed amateur radio operator since 1957 with the call sign K0UPG. He was also a longtime volunteer for the MARS radio network, which assisted active duty military personnel in calling home via shortwave radio.
Survivors include two sons, Jim (Sharon) Coller of Center Point, Iowa, and Frank (Jeanine) Coller of Bettendorf, Iowa; six grandchildren: Brian (Penny) Coller of Center Point, Teresa (Aaron) Cretin of Atkins, Iowa, Jeff (Laura) Coller of Adel, Iowa, Rachel (Jeff) McClain of Chilicothe, Ill., Dustin Morris, on active duty with the US Navy, and Mike (Carolyn) Grinstead of Lakeland, Fla.; 17 great grandchildren; and a brother, Donald (JoAnn) Coller of La Porte City.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Bonnie; a daughter, Joan Morris; a granddaughter, Melissa Wither; a great granddaughter, Grace Coller; and a brother, Frank Coller.
Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 7, 2016 at La Porte City Funeral Home, 606 E. Main Street in La Porte City with burial in West View Cemetery. Public visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday July 6 and an hour prior to the services on Thursday at the Funeral Home.
Memorials may be directed to the .
Condolences can be expressed at www.KearnsFuneralService.com

Published in Independence Bulletin-Journal from July 6 to July 13, 2016
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