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John Oliver Kamerick, age 84, of Knoxville passed away Sunday evening, November 27, 2016, at the Knoxville Hospital in Knoxville.
Visitation for John was held from 1:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M., Wednesday, November 30, 2016, at the Winfield Funeral Home in Knoxville.  John's family was present Wednesday evening from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.
John's wishes were to be cremated and a memorial service for John was held at 1:00 P.M. Thursday, December 1, 2016, at the First United Methodist Church in Knoxville.  Military honors will follow services.  A private family burial will be held later at Graceland Cemetery of Knoxville.
John was born in Knoxville, Iowa, on August 12, 1932 the son of John Martin and Ruth Caroline (Craig) Kamerick.  John grew up in Knoxville and graduated from Knoxville High School, Class of 1950.  After graduation, John worked with his uncle in shoe sales before being drafted into the Army.  John served his country from 1953 to 1955 during the Korean War.  After returning home from service John enrolled and attended the University of Iowa on the G.I. Bill.
On September 2, 1956 at the First United Methodist Church in Knoxville, John and Carolyn Jean Van Hemert were united in marriage.  They began their home in Iowa City were John graduated with his degree in business in 1959.  He worked at Iowa State Bank in Iowa City for four years before moving back to Knoxville in 1963.  John and Carolyn shared their lives together in Knoxville and were blessed with 60 years of marriage and two children; Katie and John Marc.
John started with Community National Bank in 1963 as a teller.  He retired in September of 1995 as a Senior Vice President.  John was a dedicated employee and he was also a dedicated golfer and Hawkeye fan.  He enjoyed being with his family and watching his grandchildren grow.  John and Carolyn liked to travel.  They wintered in Marco Island, Florida for 20 years.  John liked reading books and he was a talented handyman who enjoyed doing carpenter and electrician jobs around the home.
John is survived by his wife of 60 years Carolyn Kamerick of Knoxville; their children, Katie Todd of Knoxville and John Marc Kamerick and his wife Tiffany of Des Moines; and four grandchildren, Aaron Todd, Alex Todd, Lindsey Kamerick, and Jonathan Kamerick.  He was preceded in death by his parents John Martin and Ruth Kamerick; and his sister Dorothy Heuer.
A memorial has been established in John's memory to HCI Hospice of Marion County.  The Winfield Funeral Home of Knoxville is assisting John's family with services.
Published on November 29, 2016
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