John “Joe” McLaughlin, 89, Belmond, died Jan. 4, 2021 at Iowa Specialty Hospital - Belmond. A Mass of Christian Burial was held Jan. 7 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church. Burial was in the church cemetery.
John Joseph was born Sept. 16, 1931 to John Francis “Jack” and Margaret Frances (Blair) McLaughlin. He was raised and educated in Belmond, gradu- ating from Belmond High School in 1949.
Joe married Ramona Ann Thompson on Oct. 7, 1950 at the old St. Francis Xavier Church. Shortly thereafter, Joe enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps along with his buddy Roger Wagner. He and Mona moved to San Diego with Roger and his wife Marge where the two men attended boot camp. Joe eventually shipped out to Korea where he served until the time of his discharge in 1952.
Joe and Mona returned to Belmond where Joe began working as a mechanic for Mona’s dad Raymond at Ray’s Body Shop. In 1952 Joe bought the service station which he and Mona operated until he finally retired in December 2018. Joe also owned Joe’s Skelly, Joe’s 66, McLaughlin Brothers Chevrolet from 1965 -2006, along with Brothers Amoco, and the Belmond Bulk Plant.
Joe enjoyed being outdoors, water skiing in the summer, snowmobiling in the winter, trapshooting, pheasant hunting, and golfing. He was an avid reader, especially mysteries and military history books. Joe and Mona travelled extensively, including several trips to Australia, a trip to Italy, Germany and several winters in Arizona.
Joe was active in the Belmond Jaycees, and competed in a tandem bicycle race to Dallas, TX in 1964 with longtime friend El Rallis as part of a Jaycee event. He was a member of the Belmond Chamber of Commerce, BIDCO, and the board at the North Iowa State Bank.
Joe was a lifelong member of St. Francis Xavier where he served on the parish council, finance council, and as a member of the new church building committee following the tornado.
Joe was well-known for being extremely generous: having helped numerous people in the community get started in their businesses, offering many a high school student their first after-school job, and sharing his incredible work ethic and strong family values with everyone he came in contact with. He was also described as a workaholic. He and Mona divided up the work, each playing their roles in business and raising the family.
Joe was preceded in death by his parents; sisters Margaret Mary McLaughlin (in infancy), Betty (Phil) Cooke, and Carmen (Jerry) Monnihan; and brother Jim (Edith) McLaughlin.
Joe is survived by his wife of 70 years, Ramona of Belmond; sons Joseph Wayne McLaughlin of Belmond, Jonathan Ray Mc-Laughlin of Melbourne, Australia, Anthony Duane (Gayla) McLaughlin of Belmond, and Mark Alan (Pattie) McLaughlin of Apollo Beach, FL; grandchildren Erin (Mike) Strong, Tonishia (Eric) Dockstader, Chase (Kacie) McLaughlin, Jordon (Sarah) McLaughlin, and Zachariah (Ashleigh) McLaughlin; great- grandchildren Mykaela, Kyara, Keenen, Emersyn, Bailey, Anthony, Alexander (Daryl), Kinzee (Cheryl), Murphy and Hayden; sisters Gert (Dick) Bormann of Humboldt and Ruth (Jim) Aldrich of Belmond; and brother Steve (Sharon) Mc-Laughlin of Phoenix, AZ.
The family suggests memorials be made to the Belmond VFW, Belmond Food Pantry, or St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, and sent to their attention c/o Ewing Funeral Home, P.O. Box 301, Belmond, 50421.