John L. Jeffery

John L. Jeffery, 85, of Salem, died Friday, November 19, 2021 at New London Specialty Care in New London.

The funeral service for Mr. Jeffery will be held at 11 AM on Saturday, November 27, 2021 at the Salem Friends Church, Salem, IA. Pastor Debra Savage will officiate. Burial will be in the Salem South Cemetery. Friends may call from 12 Noon to 8 PM on Friday at the Kimzey Funeral Home, Mt. Pleasant. The family will greet friends from 10-11AM on Saturday at the church.

Those considering an expression of sympathy may direct memorials to New London Specialty Care Activity Dept. . Online condolences may be directed to

John Lee Jeffery was born October 30, 1936 in Mt. Pleasant. He was the son of John Galer and Arion Leila (Peiffer) Jeffery. He graduated from Mt. Pleasant High School. John was united in marriage to Myrtle Margaret Rice.

John was a longtime butcher and farmer. He processed both raised livestock and wild game. He also worked as a custodian for Iowa Wesleyan University and retired as a custodian from the former Bluebird Bus Company.

John was a member of Salem Friends Church. He enjoyed deer hunting, and raising produce in his garden, in which he delighted in sharing his bounty with friends and neighbors.

Those thankful for sharing in John’s life include his wife, Myrtle of Salem; 4 step children – Linda (Jon) Isaacman of Carter Lake, IA, Ronald (Penni) Rice of Kalona, IA, Margaret McCannon of Muscatine, IA and Robin Hulen of Clinton, IA; 1 sister – Anna Williamson of Mt. Pleasant; a daughter-in-law – Tina Rice of Hedrick; 3 step grandchildren and 4 step great grandchildren; a niece – Ginger Hulke of Sterling, IL; 2 nephews – Mark (Rachel) Williamson of Kansas City, MO and Darrell Jeffery of South Dakota; 3 great nieces and 2 great nephews.

His parents, a stepson – Terry, a sister – Madia Arion Jeffery and a step grandson precede John in death.