John Judge Obituary

John Richard Judge
John R. Judge
John Richard Judge

April 8, 1930 - January 6, 2015
Born in Melrose, Iowa
Resided in Urbandale, IA
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John Judge, 84, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 6, 2015, at VA Medical Center in Des Moines, with loved ones by his side. A celebration of his life will be held 10:30 a.m. Friday, January 9, at St. Pius X Catholic Church, 3663 – 66th St. in Urbandale. Cremation will follow services and private burial will take place at Mount Calvary Cemetery in Melrose.

John was born April 8, 1930, one of four children of Pete and Hanna Judge of Melrose, Iowa. He graduated from Melrose High School in 1948, attended St. Ambrose for two years and served in the Navy for four years during the Korean War. John became a barber and married his beautiful bride, Bernadine Conway on September 8, 1956, in Melrose. They made their home in Urbandale where they owned and operated their own barbershop until the mid 1970's. John went on to work for the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, retiring in 1988. His hobbies included tennis, basketball and especially Bridge. John never missed a grandchild's sporting event.

John is survived by his wife of 58 years, Bernadine, his children, Kimberly (Robert) Butler of Bondurant and Mark Judge of Des Moines; his grandchildren, Justin (Jessica) Butler, Ryan (Maggie) Butler, Andrea (Justin) Woodard, Marissa Butler and Anthony Judge; step-grandson, Randy (Sara) Butler, ten great-grandchildren, and his sister, Marie Butler. He was preceded in death by his parents, and his siblings, Irene and Jim.

The family will receive friends from 5 – 7 p.m. Thursday at St. Pius X Catholic Church where a vigil service will be held at 7 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the family for a memorial to be directed later. Online condolences will be welcomes at

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St. Pius X Catholic Church
3663-66th Street
Urbandale, IA 50322
Thursday, January 8, 2015
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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Mass of Christian Burial
St. Pius X Catholic Church
3663 - 66th Street
Urbandale, IA US 50322
Friday, January 9, 2015
10:30 AM