203 1st Ave NE, Waverly, IA 50677

Electrician's Mate Second Class John Fergus Raap

Electrician's Mate Second Class John Fergus Raap was born on April 25, 1945 in Brisbane, Australia and died March 13, 2020 in Iowa City, IA.

John Fergus Raap entered the United States Navy on August 31, 1965, in Chicago, IL, served during the Vietnam War era and reached the rank of Electrician's Mate Second Class before being discharged on August 20, 1969 in Norfolk, VA.

John Fergus Raap is buried at St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery in Waverly, Iowa and can be located at

Armed Forces Grave Registration

Release Date: March 13, 2083.


John F. Raap, 74, of Waverly, Iowa, passed away on Friday evening, March 13, 2020, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

John was born on April 25, 1945, in Brisbane, Australia, the son of Doris (Melrose) and Ralph Raap. He attended school and graduated from Oak Lawn High School in Oak Lawn, Illinois. On August 31, 1965, John enlisted into the United States Navy where he served until his honorable discharge on August 20, 1969. On April 6, 1974, John was united in marriage to Jo Ellen Daly in Chicago, Illinois. The couple moved to Waverly where they raised their family. John worked as an electrician and retired from CUNA after 15 years of service. John then worked part-time at Miller True Value in Waverly, where he was currently employed.

John was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church and Waverly AMVETS Post #79. John loved spending time with his family and friends. He loved attending and coaching his children’s sporting events. He also enjoyed traveling with his wife Jo Ellen until her passing in 2015. Most recently he enjoyed spending time with his granddaughters in North Liberty and visiting his daughter in Grimes.

John is survived by a daughter, Renee Raap of Grimes, Iowa; a son, Scott (Lauren) Raap of North Liberty, Iowa; two granddaughters, Lydia and Natalie Raap; two sisters, Christine Raap and Linda (John) McClenahan; and four nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by Jo Ellen; and his parents.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and in accordance with the recommendations of the Center for Disease Control, John’s Mass of Christian Burial will be privately held at St. Mary Catholic Church with Father David Ambrosy officiating. Visitation will be from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 at Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home in Waverly. Gatherings are limited to a total of 50 people at one time, so please consider reaching out to the Raap family remotely. Guests will be required to wait outside the funeral home should occupancy rise above 50. John’s body will be cremated after the funeral and a private burial will be at a later date in St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family for later designation. Online condolences may be left at www.kaisercorson.com. Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home in Waverly is assisting the family. 319-352-1187

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