July 28, 1947 - July 23, 2011
John A. Carmichael, age 63, of Red Oak, Iowa, passed away Saturday, July 23, 2011, at the Viking Lake State Park near Stanton, Iowa. John Albert Carmichael was born July 28, 1947, in Omaha, Nebraska, the son of John Albert and Evelyn (Pitt) Carmichael. He was raised near Tenville, Iowa, and graduated from Villisca High School in 1966. John served in the military during Vietnam and returned home and started work for Leonard Nelson Construction. He also worked for Oakland Beef until going to work at the Union Carbide Battery Company. He worked there until Eveready closed the plant in 1996. He then worked for Henry Weld and Minsa before his most recent employment with Montgomery County Roads Department. John was a longtime member of the Villisca VFW. He enjoyed fishing, bicycling, cooking, taking pictures, and tinkering with new technology.
Preceding John in death were his parents and his brother, Fred Carmichael. Survivors include his wife, Peggy Carmichael of Red Oak, Iowa; daughters Jenny Clayton and husband Matt of Wachuka City, Arizona, and Julie Carmichael of China; step-son Dino Hayz and wife Tina of Moline, Illinois; grandchildren Kaitlyn Clayton, Eli Hayz, and Atticus Garrison; sister-in-law Sandra Guinn of Red Oak, Iowa; many nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.
A celebration of life service was held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, July 29, 2011, at the Nelson-Boylan-LeRette Funeral Chapel with Rev. Len Taylor officiating. Visitation with the family was at the funeral home from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service. Nelson-Boylan-LeRette Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements.