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John M. “Grump” Sword (1920-2012)

CEDAR RAPIDS — John M. “Grumpy” Sword, 91, of Cedar Rapids, passed away Sunday, April 1, 2012, at home following a lingering illness.

A memorial service celebrating John’s life will be at 11 a.m. Friday, May 4, at the Cedar Memorial Chapel of Memories, Cedar Rapids. Inurnment will be in Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery with military rites. A visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday at the Chapel of Memories.

Survivors include his nephew, Don (Cathy) Mahuran of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and nieces Paula Sexton of Cedar Falls, Deni (Joe) von Merveldt of Cappell, Texas, and Sheri Gardner of Grand Prairie, Texas. Also surviving is a sister-in-law, Nita Sword of Irving, Texas.

He was preceded in death by his sisters, Ina Mahuran and Iva Weatherwax; brothers Irvin “Wormy” Sword and Paul Sword; and nephew Scott Sword.

John Monroe Sword was born Nov. 8, 1920, in Western, the son of Irvin and Alma Sword. John completed one year at Coe College. In 1940 he went to work in the engineering department of Iowa Manufacturing. In 1942 he joined the U.S. Army with the 79th Infantry Division, which was in active fighting from June 19, 1944, through April 14, 1945, in Europe. After being discharged, he returned to Iowa Manufacturing until he retired at age 61. He was a member of the Church of the Brethren where he played on the softball and volleyball teams. Other hobbies included gardening, bowling and writing his memoirs of the war, “Grumpy’s Trials.”

Memorials may be given in his name to the Alzheimer’s Association, 317 Seventh Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52403.

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