John Chesney

John Chesney

John Chesney passed away on June 29, 2020, at the age of 101. He was born November 22, 1918, the surviving twin son of Joe and Anna (Foust) Chesney. He lived from pandemic to pandemic, not succumbing to either. He witnessed the most amazing world of change in his life. He graduated from the University of Dubuque with a degree in economics. From there he went to the Army Air Corps, returning to the family farm in rural Zwingle, where he farmed and managed his farm his entire life.

Johnny married Dorothy Powelka on August 6th, 1947, at the University of Dubuque chapel. He loved her for 72 years and died with her at his side.

In 1947, John began Chesney Quality Eggs because “married life cost more”. Always proud of doing his best, it was the “Quality” that was so important.

John and Dorothy are longtime members of First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa, where John was a Sunday school teacher. He served for many years on the Zwingle Town Council. He was proud of his small family and how they were always there for him at important milestones of his life.

John is survived by his wife, Dorothy Chesney, his children, Mrs. Linda (Duane) Eaton and David (Randa) Chesney, both of Dubuque. Four grandchildren, Brooke (Brian Kerr) Chesney, Knoxville, IL, Heather (Brian) Pagano, San Jose, CA, Garrett Eaton, Sun Prairie, WI, and Shelby (fiancé David Haldane) Eaton, Portland, OR, and one great-grandson.

John was preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Anna (Foust) Chesney, and his twin brother, Joseph Chesney.

Private family services will be held at Linwood Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Many thanks to UnityPoint Health Care for their care of John for many years. Also thanks to Hospice Care of Dubuque for their support.

Memorials may be given to Hospice of Dubuque, or First Lutheran Church of Maquoketa.


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6 condolences for John Chesney
  1. Ron & Cindy Rath says:

    John was such a nice man – always so friendly and kind. He will be missed.
    You have our deepest sympathy.

  2. Peggy Denlinger Flenker says:

    My sympathy to Dorothy, Linda, David and family. Johnny was a sweet and friendly man, he always said hello to me when we would see each other and he and Dorothy would always ask how I was doing and then they would keep me up on where and what Linda was doing, we were classmates at the Zwingle school and I stayed over night at her home and went to the farm a few times. Wow to lived such a wonderful life with his wife Dorothy by his side for 72 years!! God Bless you all. My love and prayers to all.

  3. Ross & Anita Miller says:

    Rhanda & David –

    Jim Roeth shared John’s obituary with us. With us in Topeka and you in Dubuque, we have had little contact over man years, however, family is family. Please accept our deepest sympathy for your loss. May his many years remain a comfort, and may blessings abound in his memory!

  4. Brenda and Duane Foust says:

    Our sympathy to Dorothy and family. We will miss visiting with Johnny at Foust family reunions. Was always good to see him there. Take care.

  5. Shirley Deppe says:

    Dorothy, David, and Linda

    May loving memories bring your family peace, comfort, and strength. Our family will always treasure the memories of being close neighbors on the farm. Peace be with you.

  6. Barbara Morehead Denahey says:

    I was so sorry to learn of Johnny’s passing. My sympathy to Dorothy, David and Linda. I have fond memories of get-togethers at Zwingle when I was a child. Be well.

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