John J. Youngblut

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John Joseph Youngblut, 85, of Guttenberg, passed away April 1, 2022, at the Guttenberg Municipal Hospital.

There will be a celebration of life on April 23 at the Guttenberg Marina Center located at 715 S. River Park Dr., Guttenberg. Visitation will be from 1-4 p.m. with a scripture service from 3-4 p.m.

John was born Feb. 26, 1937, in Oelwein, son of Albert and Mary Youngblut.

John graduated from Oelwein High School, met Karen Mattice, and they were married July 9, 1960. From this union they had two children, Chris and Adam. 

John attended Upper Iowa University and received his degree in Education and Coaching. He taught and coached at Arlington, Maquoketa Valley and Bayard. He moved back to Oelwein where he was the High School Vice Principal and Athletic Director. During his career he influenced many students and with great pride they continue to call him “Coach Youngblut.” John, Karen and the boys spent summers in Washington State while John got his Masters Degree in Education. They enjoyed many family vacations and spent time skiing, camping and fishing. John was an avid bleachers fan for his grandsons, never missing an event. 

John and Karen bought a home and retired in Clayton. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, boating as well as hosting get togethers with his friends and family.

John is survived by his son, Chris; two grandsons, Tate Youngblut and McKay (Andrea); two great-grandchildren, Reese and Boone Youngblut, as well as John’s dear friend, Arlene Wendt.

John was preceded in death by his parents; wife and son, Adam.

Cards may be sent to Chris Youngblut, 104 N. Front St., Clayton, IA 52049.

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