John A. Foley, age 63, of Highland, went to Heaven for his new life on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at his home surrounded by his loving family, Kristen, Rick and his wife of 39 years, Valerie. John was born on August 30, 1950 in Dodgeville to Calvin J. and Mary Ann (Cornwell) Foley. John grew up near Dodgeville, graduating from DHS in 1968. He then went to MATC for Diesel Mechanics. John married the former Valerie Whitford on September 28, 1974. He co-owned and operated Point Auto Repair with Jim Wehrle in the early 70’s and they have remained close friends. John and Valerie moved to the Cobb/Highland area in 1980. John worked for The Rural Companies as an Insurance Agent for many years. John had a deep love of mechanics, restoring classic vehicles with his son and wife. He also enjoyed working with his son Rick in his business, Sodaworks. He was a devoted member of the N.R.A., the Republican Party and Peace Lutheran Church in Cobb.
John was most proud of his family, his wife, Valerie; his daughter, Kristen (Kevin) May of Mineral Point and their children, Chelsea, Jordan and Haley May; his son, Rick (Mary) Foley and their son, Lane of Cobb; a brother, David (Susan) Foley of Highland; three sisters, Becky (Dennis) Antonson of Dodgeville; Sharyn (Bruce) Riegler of Sherrill, IA and Judy (Tim) Paulsen of Blue River; nieces, nephews and many friends and his special companion dog, Coco.
John will be joining his parents and a brother, Richard.
John and his family will be forever grateful for John’s gift of life, organ transplant nearly 13 years ago. The extra time with his family will always be treasured. Not one day was wasted as he lived every day to its fullest.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 P.M. Sunday, April 13, 2014 at Peace Lutheran Church in Cobb. Pastor Kathy Jacobson will officiate with burial in the Otter Creek Cemetery, rural Highland. Friends may call from 4:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. Saturday at the Lulloff-Peterson-Houck Funeral Home in Dodgeville and at the church on Sunday after 1:00 P.M. In lieu of flowers, memorials will be used for an Auto Mechanic Scholarship at Iowa-Grant High School.