John Black, Jr.

John Black, Jr., 55, of Algona passed away Friday, April 5, 2019, at Mercy One of North Iowa in Mason City. Funeral services were 11 a.m., Wednesday, April 10 at the First United Methodist Church in Algona, with the Rev. Cynthia Finn officiating. Burial was in East Lawn Cemetery. Visitation was from 9 a.m. until service time at the First United Methodist Church.

John Loren Black, Jr., the son of John Sr. and Delores (Hurlburt) Black, was born Sept. 6, 1963, in Fort Dodge. He graduated from Algona High School in 1982 and later received his Associate degree from Iowa Lakes Community College. John had worked at Fareway, Jerry Simpson’s Standard Station, Universal Manufacturing and Cook’s Scrap Iron & Metal. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church. John enjoyed listening to music, camping, tinkering on stuff in his garage and visiting with coffee groups around town. John also enjoyed gardening; growing tomatoes, hot peppers and cucamelons, all to be given away to friends and family.

Left to cherish John’s memory are his sisters, Karen Black and Roxanne Pfeffer and her husband Jeff; and two nieces and a nephew, Ashley Rahe, Chase Pfeffer and Madison Pfeffer, all of Algona. He was preceded in death by his parent, grandparents, and a niece, Alexis Pfeffer.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in John's memory to the Polycystic Kidney Disease Foundation at or to Kossuth Regional Health Center. Lentz Funeral Home is serving the family. Condolences may be left at

Kossuth County Advance

14 E. Nebraska St.

Algona, IA 50511  

Phone: (515) 295-3535

Fax: (515) 295-7217

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