John J. Leverone, 86, of Cedar Rapids, died Saturday, Oct. 17, 2009, following a long illness. Graveside services were held Monday, Oct. 19, at Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery. Cedar Memorial Park Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include a daughter, Ardis Prahm and husband Randy, of Cedar Rapids; a son, John Leverone and wife Michele, of Ash Fork, Ariz.; a sister, Corrine Leverone of West Roxbury, Mass.; four grandchildren, Mark Prahm of Cedar Rapids, Ryan Prahm and wife Jean of North Liberty, Lars Leverone and Johnny Leverone IV, both of Ash Fork, Ariz., and two great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and wife, Ardismae Leverone.
John was born Oct. 21, 1922, in Boston, Mass., the son of John and Helen Tedesco Leverone. He married Ardismae Newell on May 5, 1951. John was a BMCMM for the United States Navy. In his 25 years of service from 1941 until he retired in 1966, he served in World War II, the Korean War and in Vietnam. He was a member of the Fleet Reserve Association and American Legion Post 57 in Arizona. He enjoyed the Red Sox, football and gardening. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.