John Yacko, 78, of Hiteman, formerly of Albia, passed away Aug. 1, 2012, at his home in Hiteman.
John was born Oct. 10, 1933, in Blakesburg to Andrew and Anna (Yarkosky) Yacko.
He attended grade school in Hiteman and graduated from Albia High School. John was in the United States Army and later worked at John Morrell and Company for 25 years, retiring in 1973. He also farmed his entire life in Hiteman. John was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Albia, American Legion Howard Cessna Post No. 136 and Knights of Columbus Council No. 4167. He enjoyed attending parades, listening to country western and polka music and going to sales. He also loved to travel and would frequently visit the sick and help them any way he could.
John is survived by his sister, Verna Yacko of Albia. He is also survived by a special niece, Connie Hatfield; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
John was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Helen Hazlett and Irene Yacko; and three brothers, Andrew, Peter and Albert Yacko.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Albia; with Fr. Michael E. Volkmer, C.PP.S. officiating. Burial with military rites provided by the American Legion of Albia, Lovilia and Melrose will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Albia.
Visitation will open to the public at 11 a.m. Friday at Tharp Funeral Home in Albia, with John’s family present from 5-8 p.m. Friday. A rosary will be led at 6 p.m., provided by the Knights of Columbus Council No. 4167, with a Christian wake service beginning at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be directed to St. Mary’s Catholic Church or to Knights of Columbus Council No. 4167.
Condolences may be left for the family at www.tharpfh.com.