John H. Ewalt

July 05, 2021

John H. Ewalt, age 95, of rural Iowa City, owa,died at his home on Thursday, July 1, 2021.

John Howard Ewalt was born February 2, 1926, in Great Bend, Kansas the son of Claude “Pete” and Mary Alice Elizabeth (Lovely) Ewalt. He attended schools in the Great Bend area graduating from Great Bend, Kansas High School with the class of 1944. Days following graduation, he enlisted in the United States Marines to fight in WWII.
During his tour of duty, he served as a tank driver and gunner in the 5th Marine Division of the 5th Tank Battalion which served on Iwo Jima. Returning to Great Bend following service he worked at Thies Packing Company for 14 years before beginning a career as a pipefitter that spanned over 47 years before his retirement.
His family includes his children, Candy Sikkink (JT) and Max Ewalt (Connie Williams); daughter-in-law, Caroline Sutter; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

There will be a time of visitation from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 7, 2021 at Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service in Iowa City, with graveside services on Friday, July 9, 2021 at 10 a.m. at the Collins Cemetery in Lockwood, Missouri, where military honors will be provided.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made in John’s memory to Hospice of Washington County. To share a thought, memory or condolence please visit the funeral home website at