John T. Borgers – Manchester

John Thomas Borgers, 75, of Manchester, Iowa passed away peacefully on Wednesday, December 8, 2021 with his family by his side.  John was born August 27, 1946, to John and Doris (Cox) Borgers in Murphysboro, Illinois. Passed from father to son, this is where his true love for hunting and fishing began.  In the fall of 1956, his family moved to Danville, Illinois and his love of all things nature continued to grow. He graduated from Schlarman High School in 1964, and began working for Brickman Landscaping while also attending Danville Junior College where he earned a degree in ornamental horticulture in 1965.

As if in a 60’s romance film, John met his future wife, Coni, while “cruising” Main Street with his pals and stopping at the local Steak-n-Shake. He knew he had met the love of his life and on August 5, 1966, John was united in marriage to Coni Griffith.

John was drafted into the army in 1968 and quickly attained the rank of Sergeant in the 101st Airborne. He attributed his outdoorsmanship skills to his survival in the jungles of Vietnam. He was awarded the Purple Heart, two Bronze Stars and the Vietnam Gallantry Cross for his courageous service.

After serving his country, John, along with his wife and now two daughters relocated to New Jersey and operated his own Agape Industries Construction and Landscaping Company.

After retiring he and Coni traveled and lived around the country for a while.  Never one to sit still, he moved back to Danville to be with family and started JC Home Inspections. This is where his avid love of hunting, fishing and archery were now joined by a new love – bow fishing! Throughout his lifetime he was a member of numerous sportsman clubs where he participated in and won a myriad of awards, trophies and tournaments.

In 2008, John retired again and the couple moved to Florida to be near Coni’s family. In 2017 the couple then moved to Manchester to be near one of their daughters.

John was an extremely hard worker, dedicated and determined to provide for his family. He never met a stranger. His faith in the Lord Jesus Christ was unwavering.  He was a proud Vietnam Veteran, and his love of the outdoors was legendary.

He leaves a huge hole in the hearts of his family and friends who were always entertained by his outdoor stories and endless pictures of his adventures.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Coni Borgers of Manchester; two daughters, Jamie (Brian) Geers of Dubuque and Joy (Dorr) Clark of Cameron Park, California; seven grandchildren, Jeff Van Fossen, Tyler (Rebecca) Geers, Haley (Tyler) Loeffelholz, Jessica Clark, Rachel Clark, Kelly Clark, and Jacob Clark; three great-grandchildren, Connor, Ellie, and Elijah; one sister, Diana (Deb) Bernhardt of Racine, Wisconsin; his mother-in-law, Helen Griffith; and many hunting and fishing buddies across the states.

John was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Jaylene.

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Memorial Service with Military Rites:  2:00 p.m., on Sunday, December 12, 2021, at Leonard-Muller Funeral Home in Manchester, Iowa, with Tyler Geers officiating.

Visitation:  1:00 to 2:00 p.m., on Sunday, December 12, 2021, at Leonard-Muller Funeral Home in Manchester.

Inurnment will be at a later date.

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