Kalona - Raymond LaVerne Reschly, age 87 of Kalona, died Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at the Iowa City Rehabilitation & Health Care Center in Iowa City.
Raymond was born August 10, 1932 near Crawfordsville, Iowa, the son of Harry and Fannie (Conrad) Reschly. He received his education at the Crawfordsville School, graduating in 1950. He completed 1W service in Chicago from 1951-52. After 1W service, he went to work with his Uncle Irving learning masonry/carpentry, the trade that became his career. On June 21, 1957, he married Wava Ann Troyer at Lower Deer Creek Mennonite Church in Kalona.
Raymond built several houses and laid brick on many jobs. The monuments to his skill can be seen all over Kalona, Iowa City and Coralville. He was a member of the Optimist Club starting in 1971 and served as the club president from 1985-86. He coached the Kalona Blue Little League Team from 1974 to 1984. He was one of the original members of the Kalona First Responders. An avid sports fan, you could always be certain to see him watching a baseball, football or basketball game on the TV when you came to visit. Ray loved the outdoors and took up hunting as a way to put food on the table. It quickly became a passion that took him as far away as Colorado and Alaska to get his prized elk and big horned sheep.
A member of the Lower Deer Creek Mennonite Church, Ray's Christian beliefs were part of every day life. He was always willing to lend a hand to those in need, including rebuilding homes, laying brick, and any other odd jobs that needed done.
Survivors include his spouse Wava; four children Jeffrey (Denise) Reschly, of Riverside, IA, Michael (Sheri) Reschly, of Elizabeth, CO, Trish (Michael) Constable, of Henderson, CO, Brent (Megan) Reschly of Marshalltown, IA; 5 grandchildren: Olivia Reschly, Justin (Hilary) Bowlin, Andrea Bowlin, Emily Constable, Abby Constable. He is also survived by his brother Vernon, of Oklahoma and many other nieces, nephews, and other family members. He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters, Vera Buchanon, Kathryn Lehmann and Elsie Burkholder, brothers, Marion, Willard, Orlin, and Benjamin.
Funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, November 9, 2019, at Lower Deer Creek Mennonite Church in Kalona, with Don Patterson. Burial will be at Lower Deer Creek Mennonite Church in Kalona. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Friday, November 8, 2019, at the Yoder-Powell Funeral Home. Additional visitation will be held from 9:30 to 10:30 at Lower Deer Creek Mennonite Church prior to the service.
The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses, and staff at University of Iowa Cancer Center, Iowa City Hospice, and Iowa City Rehabilitation & Health Care Center for their dedication and kindness to Ray over the last year. The family would also like to thank the members of Lower Deer Creek Mennonite Church and the many friends and family that have supported Ray and his family during his illness.