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Thursday, May 18, 2017
4:00 - 7:00 pm
Hamilton's near Highland Memory Gardens
121 NW 60th Avenue
Des Moines


Friday, May 19, 2017
11:00 am
Grace Church
4200 E. 25th Street
Des Moines


Private Interment
Highland Memory Gardens Cemetery
Des Moines


Hamilton's near Highland Memory Gardens
121 NW 60th Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa 50313
(515) 289-2442

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John "Jack" Richard Comer, Sr.

John Comer, Sr. was called home to be with Jesus Christ, his Lord and Savior, Sunday, May 14, 2017.

Visitation will be held from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 18, 2017, at Hamilton’s near Highland Memory Gardens, 121 NW 60th Avenue, Des Moines, IA. The funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, May 19, 2017, at Grace Church, 4200 E. 25th Street, Des Moines, IA. Private interment will be held at Highland Memory Gardens Cemetery.

Jack was born on November 10, 1928, in Des Moines, IA to James Howard Comer and Dorothy Mae (Myers) Comer. He resided in McAllen, TX from 1938-1941, then spent the remainder of his life in Des Moines, IA. He lived in the same house and built a home with his wife Cathy from 1948 to present.

Jack attended Lincoln High School, then served in the U.S. Navy as a 3rd class ship fitter from 1945-1947. He was united in marriage to C. Catherine “Cathy” Comer on June 20, 1948, in Des Moines, IA. They were blessed with nearly 69 years of marriage.

In 1947, he began work at the Rock Island Railroad, then the Chicago Northwestern Railroad, retiring 40 years as a car repairman. After retirement, he worked at Iowa Methodist Medical Center at the reception desk for over 20 years.

He was a faithful servant and leader in ministry, teaching others how to grow in their Christian faith through Bible study and life experiences. He served at a number of churches including Galilee Baptist Church for 30 years (1953-1982), Van Meter Baptist Church for 10 years (1982-1992), and Grace Church from 2001 to present.

Jack was predeceased by his parents, James Howard Comer and Dorothy Mae (Myers) Comer; sister, Alice Mae Comer; and grandson, Danny Paul Selsor.

Jack leaves behind his wife, Cathy; son, John (Janice) Comer of Des Moines, IA; daughter, Cathy (Dan) Selsor of Des Moines, IA; grandchildren, Joshua (Allison) Swackhamer, Shawna Comer (Bill Kraber), Nathan Comer (Amy McCoy), Joe (Sarah) Swackhamer, and Lindsay (Justin) Hunerdosse all of Des Moines, IA; great-grandchildren, Chase Swackhamer, Ciera Swackhamer, Jimmy McCoy, Salena Comer, Caleb McCoy, Katelyn Comer, Elaine Swackhamer, Cayden Jacobs, Josiah Swackhamer, Ethan Swackhamer, Luke Hunerdosse, and Jace Hunerdosse all of Des Moines, IA; and his sister, Doris Louise (Ray) Reierson of Des Moines, IA.

Memorial contributions can be directed to Blank Children’s Hospital, 1200 Pleasant Street, Des Moines, IA 50309.

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