John Sondrol
January 27, 1961 - November 23, 2017

John Sondrol, 56, of Corpus Christi, TX was called home on Thanksgiving Day, November 23, 2017 at the Corpus Christi Medical Center following a sudden illness.  Visitation will be from 4-7 PM on Friday December 8, 2017 at the Geilenfeld Funeral Home in Oelwein with Military Honors at 7:00 PM by the American Legion Post 9 of Oelwein.  Funeral services will begin at 10:30 AM on Saturday December 9, 2017 at Zion Lutheran Church in Oelwein.  Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery at Oelwein.  A memorial fund has been established.

John Mark Sondrol was born in La Crosse, WI on January 27, 1961 to parents Knute and Florence (Finstad) Sondrol.  John attended Oelwein High school with the class of 1979.  He also attended Shattuck-St. Mary’ School of Faribault, MN.  As a child he worked alongside his family at their restaurant: Sondrol’s A&W Drive-Inn.  On May 16, 1981 he was united in marriage with Kitsararath (Kimmy) Nimchaimanathan at Zion Lutheran Church in Oelwein.  They later divorced.

In 1979, John enlisted in the United States Air Force and served four years, specializing in Aircraft Maintenance.  Following his military service, John was employed with various aircraft companies, the last 13 years being with CCAD: Corpus Christi Army Depot, Department of Defense.  Specializing in sheet metal, he rebuilt Blackhawk and Apache “warfighter” helicopters.  His boss shared that John was a “sheet metal wizard” and could design and fabricate items that manufacturers could not. 

John enjoyed living on Padre Island, where his hobbies included watching war movies, electronics, camping, shooting, boating and jetty fishing.  He especially enjoyed, and was outstanding at grilling shrimp and fish for his family, friends and neighbors.  He will be greatly missed by them all.

Left to mourn their loss is his son Johnathan (Cayla) Sondrol of Ft. Worth, TX; his brothers: David Sondrol of Oelwein and Ken (Pam) Sondrol of Longview, TX; his aunt Myrtle Dodge of Eau Claire, WI and uncle Robert Mulder of Kenosha, WI; several nieces, nephews and cousins; and his former wife Kimmy Sondrol-Stallings.  He was preceded in death by his parents Knute and Florence; his niece Robin Sondrol-Bienz and her husband David Bienz; several aunts and uncles.  

 

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Robin(Smith) Bill Rosenstiel on December 11, 2017 at 5:38 PM said:

To David and all of John's Family,Sending our condolences.
Joe Stasi on December 11, 2017 at 10:54 AM said:

John was always a positive role model to me in my young teenage years.

I always enjoyed his humor, quick wit, terrific smile, laugh, and intelligence.

John and I had some terrific conversations during my college Years. I was very saddened to hear of his passing my condolences to David and the rest of his family.

Respectfully,

Joe Stasi
Wesley Addkison on December 7, 2017 at 6:09 PM said:

I'm going to miss John but I know that all the fantastic places we wanted to see pale in comparison to where he is now.Till we meet again Brother.
Wesley Addkison on December 7, 2017 at 5:57 PM said:

John and I were good friends.We spent many days BBQing on the patio of his waterfront home.He would grill the best steaks I ever ate.We often had coffee together on our days off and watched war movies and talked about life after retirement. John had a great sense of humor and a quick wit.We shared a lot of laughs.
Jim Walenta on November 30, 2017 at 5:56 PM said:

John and I met when were were neighbors living on Padre Island. We were always having cookouts and fish and shrimp fry’s. He was someone you could count on as a friend. I never met a gentler soul. I have no doubt that he now sits at the side of our father and there is no pain, but only happiness and plenty. John, look down on us from time to time. We will see each other again. Good night my friend. Also my sincerest condolences to Ken, Pam, and David.
Lorie Laramore on November 30, 2017 at 5:25 PM said:

John was such a gentle soul and dear friend whose warmth and sense of humor were always so appreciated and will be so greatly missed. My prayers and condolences are with his family. Rest in peace my friend.
Lorie Laramore on November 30, 2017 at 5:22 PM said:

John was such a gentle soul and dear friend whose warmth and sense of humor were always so appreciated and will be so greatly missed. My prayers and condolences are with his family. Rest in peace my friend. ?
Todd Brewington on November 27, 2017 at 10:42 AM said:

Condolences to the family. John and I hung out together when we were in our 20's. So many memories from days gone by. Times I shall always remember. Rest in peace John.
Lyle & Nancy Miller on November 27, 2017 at 9:38 AM said:

Sincere condolences to your family. May God Bless & he rest in peace
Anonymous on November 26, 2017 at 4:49 PM said:

Thoughts and prayer for you and your family Dave!

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