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Juan Marquez


Juan Anaya Marquez, 62, of Corning died Friday, Nov. 30, 2018, at his home in Corning.

A Mass of Christian burial service will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 7, at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Corning with the Rev. Michael Peters and the Rev. Lazerus Kirigia as celebrants. Burial will be in Walnut Grove Cemetery in Corning. Open visitation will be from 1 to 8 p.m. with family present from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, at Pearson Family Funeral Service and Cremation Center, 701 Seventh St., in Corning with a Rosary service at 5:30 p.m. Memorial contributions may be directed to Corning Volunteer Fire Department. Online condolences may be left at

Juan Ruperto Anaya Márquez, son of Ignacio Anaya Sánchez and Carmen Márquez Reséndiz, was born March 27, 1956, in El Carmen, Hidalgo, Mexico. At the age of 4, his father died. His education was completed at the age of 12, due to lack of a secondary school. He then went to live with his sister Martha in Mexico City. At 18, he did his military service to Mexico for one year. Then he worked for the water utilities department during the day and in the evening, studied to become a dental technician.

On Nov. 11, 1978, Juan married Ana Jobita Roldan in Atlisco, Puebla. Ana and a baby boy died June 11, 1979. Juan married Cristina Vargas in Apo del Rosario, Michoacán. They welcomed daughter Yaravi Anaya Lopez (1982) and son Omar Anaya Lopez (1984). They divorced Nov. 13, 1992.

Juan’s first trip to the United States was in 1983, and he worked as a day laborer. In January 1985, he received his permanent Green Card. While in California, Juan was employed by an RV refrigeration company. Juan relocated to Winterset in March 1985. In the summer 1996, he was instrumental in relocating and rebuilding Midwest Products Inc. in Corning. Juan received his U.S. citizenship Dec. 18, 1998, in Des Moines.

On July 20, 1998, Juan married Mary. May 2002, began his employment with Noetic Cold in Mt. Etna. In April 2015, he worked at Adams County Electric.

Juan was an active member of the Corning Fire Department for 15 years and auxiliary member thereafter.

Juan is survived by his wife Mary Margaret; daughter Yaravi and son Omar of Ventura, California; stepdaughter Judith (Jeremy) Butcher; grandchildren, Vicente and Averyle Butcher; siblings, Martha, Artemio, Gregorio (María Roldán), Jorge Eusebio (Margarita Contreras), Eduardo (Isabel Navarro) and María Teresa Ernestima (Cuauhtémoc Fernández), all of Mexico City, Mexico; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Juan was preceded in death by his parents; father- and mother-in-law, Kenneth Dean and Esther Mable Smart; sister Maria del Carmen, brother-in-law Pedro Luis Solís Castro; sister-in-law Lidia Martínez and bothers-in-law, Kennie Dean and Burdette Lee Smart.

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