John William "Jack" Sackett PhD

FatherCasper Verle Sackett (1897-1974)
MotherLydia Emma Westerhoff (1899-1994)
John W "Jack" Sackett (1928–2021)
(Src: The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, online edition)
John William "Jack" Sackett PhD, son of Casper Verle Sackett and Lydia Emma Westerhoff, was born in Sioux City, Woodbury County, IowaG, on 1 April 1928.1 He died aged 93 on 23 April 2021.2 He married on 31 May 1953, June Sterling.3
     In 1930 John was living at Pierce Street, Sioux City, Woodbury County, IowaG, in the household of his parents Casper and Lydia, and was recorded in the census as Jack Sackett, aged two and born in Iowa.4
     John completed a World War II draft registration card on 2 April 1946. He was aged 18 and was in school. He was living in Van Meter, Dallas County, IowaG, and next of kin was his mother Lydia.5
     John served in the US Marines and was wounded in combat in the Korean War.2

John 'Jack' Sackett
Cedar Rapids
John "Jack" Sackett, Ph.D., 93, it is with sadness that we announce the death of John "Jack" Sackett on April 23, 2021, of heart failure. Services: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Teahen Funeral Home by the Rev. Scott Meador of Lovely Lane United Methodist Church. Burial: St. Joseph Cemetery. Friends may visit with the family from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service. Per COVID-19 guidelines, attendees are required to wear masks and practice social distancing.
     John was born April 1, 1928, to C.V. and Lydia (Westerhoff) Sackett in Sioux City. The family moved to Van Meter when he was a young child, and he attended school there, graduating in 1946. Jack was very athletic and played basketball and baseball. He also sang in the chorus with a fine tenor voice and solo work.
     Jack enlisted in the Marine Corps training at Camp Pendleton and then San Francisco, where he was on the basketball team which took the 12th Naval District Championship. He later enlisted in the active Marine Reserves. Jack returned to Van Meter and worked in Des Moines, where his employer told him he should go back to school, so he enrolled at Drake University. A short while later, Jack was recalled to the Marines and ultimately sent to Korea. He suffered three wounds in combat, receiving three Purple Hearts and the Gold Star.
     After returning home he met his forever love, June Sterling, whom he married on May 31, 1953. Jack resumed classes at Drake, graduating in 1955. He was employed by the Beaman School District, where taught the sciences and social studies, and coached boys and girls basketball and baseball. Jack later earned a Master's degree in 1961, a Ph.D. in 1977, and worked for the Cedar Rapids School District for 23 years as an elementary principal. He was a member of the American and Canadian Legion, the VFW, the Marine Corps League, the Downtown Rotary, Lovely Lane United Methodist Church and a former member of the Izaak Walton League.
     For 40 years, Jack loved spending summers at their family-built cabin on the shores of Wenesaga Lake in Northwestern Ontario, Canada. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and cutting his own firewood. Jack also liked ballroom dancing, the theatre and Psalm 23. He was a friendly, outgoing person who could talk to anyone, and his students and fellow teachers loved him. Jack will be deeply missed.
     He is survived by his wife, June; and daughter, Joni Sackett; and many nephews and nieces and their children.
     He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Robert; sister, Betty Kluber (Arnest); and son, John W. Sackett II.
     The family would like to thank UnityPoint Hospice and Teahen Funeral Home.
     Memorials may be directed to Unity Point Hospice, Lovely Lane United Methodist Church or the American Heart Association.
     Online condolences can be left at

The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, online edition, 27 Apr 2021

 Notes & Citations

  1. "Iowa, Birth Records, 1856–1944" (Ancestry image), "Sackett, John William, b. Lutheran Hospital, Sioux City, Woodbury, Iowa, 1 Apr 1928, father Casper V Sackett, 1109 Pierce Street, 30, b. Phenora?, Ill, salesman, mother Lydia Westerhoff, 1109 Pierce Street, 26, b. Garland, Nebr, housewife."
  2. Obituary.
  3. Des Moines Tribune, Des Moines, Iowa ( image), 5 Jun 1953, p 15, "Iowa Licenses to Wed., John W. Sackett, 25, Van Meter, and June Sterling, 20."
  4. 1930 United States Federal Census, Page 25A, Enumeration District 0046, FHL microfilm 2340425
    Pierce Street, Sioux City, Woodbury, Iowa, 17 Apr 1930
    Sackett, Casper, head, 31, m. at 23, salesman, auto supplies, b. IA, father b. IA, mother b. IA, home rented, $40.
    Sackett, Lydia, wife, 30, m. at 22, b. NE, father b. IL, mother b. Germany
    Sackett, Robert, son, 7, b. IA, father b. IA, mother b. NE
    Sackett, Betty, daughter, 4, b. IA, father b. IA, mother b. NE
    Sackett, Jack, son, 2, b. IA, father b. IA, mother b. NE.
  5. "U.S. WWII Draft Cards Young Men, 1940–1947" (Ancestry image), "John William Sackett, Van Meter, Dallas, Iowa, age 18, b. Sioux City, Iowa, 1 Apr 1928, nok Lydia Sackett, emp Not Employed, in school, race white, ht 6ft, eyes blue, wt 148, hair brown, complexion light brown. Reg Van Meter, Dallas County, Iowa, 2 Apr 1946."
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Sackett line5th great-grandson of Thomas Sackett of Hopewell
ChartsLine 3a (American)
Last Edited4 Aug 2022

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