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OBIT: Mecindo “JR” Salinas, Jr., 56, of Charles City


This news story was published on October 14, 2019.
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Mecindo “JR” Salinas, Jr., 56, of Charles City, passed away Friday, October 11, 2019 at the Floyd County Medical Center in Charles City.

A Mass of Christian Burial for JR Salinas will be at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, October 17, 2019 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Charles City.
Visitation will be at Hauser Weishaar Funeral Home in Charles City from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 16, 2019 and will continue one hour before the service at the church on Thursday.

Mecindo Alvarado Salinas, Jr., the son of Mecindo, Sr. and Concepcion (Alvarado) Salinas, was born September 21, 1963 in Hampton, Iowa (moving to Charles City with his family shortly after his birth). He received his education in Charles City, graduating with the class of 1983. During school, JR worked at the Sherman Nursery starting at the age of 14. After graduation, he was united in marriage to Stacey Finnegan on January 28, 1984 and this union was blessed with three children: Ashley, Eric and Tyler. The couple made their home in Mason City for a short time while JR worked at Armour Foods before moving to Charles City where JR began work at Cambrex for almost 15 years. They would later divorce.

JR most recently worked at Mitas in Charles City for nearly eight years. He was a very hard worker and worked a few other jobs throughout his life including being a mail carrier.

On June 5, 2010, JR married Cathy Schiller at the Little Brown Church in Nashua. This union was blessed with the adoption of their son, Nicholas Ruben. They made their home in Charles City and later divorced.

JR was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Pheasants Forever, Ducks Unlimited, Charles City Jaycees; Keg Masters and was a founding member of the RAGBRAI group “Team C.C. Riders” for 19 years. He enjoyed playing board games, cards (especially Euchre and Poker), dancing, fishing, playing and watching sports (he was an avid Minnesota Vikings fan) and coaching Tee-ball and soccer (which he somehow got roped into doing).
JR loved his family very much. He spent as much time as he could with his son, Nicholas Ruben, his other three children and all of his siblings and their families. JR was a very lively, quick-witted person who always made you laugh and just wanted to have a good time. He was well known at the YMCA as the friendly, chatty gym rat who probably did more talking than exercising.

JR loved big and never met a stranger. He will be deeply missed by all who loved him.

Living family members include his four children: Ashley Salinas, Tyler Salinas, Eric Salinas and Nicholas Ruben Salinas; father, Mecindo Salinas, Sr. of Charles City; eight brothers and sisters: Rogelio Salinas of Charles City, Rey Salinas of Charles City, Jesusita “Susie” (Todd) Smith of Charles City, Dalia (Wally) Weber of Charles City, Rosalinda (Rick) Bormann of Ionia, Alma (Tim) Hackbart of Ankeny, Juan Salinas of Charles City and Santos (Brandy) Salinas of Charles City; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, other family members and friends; along with his faithful companion, his dog, Copper.

JR was preceded in death by his mother, Concepcion “Connie” Salinas; grandmother, Delfina Salinas; nephew, Trent Smith; nephew, Nicholas Finnegan; and special cousin, Ruben Salinas.

Hauser Weishaar Funeral Home, (641) 228-2323, 1205 South Main Street, Charles City, Iowa 50616 is in charge of local arrangements. Online condolences may be left on the Tribute Wall for the family at www.hauserfh.com.

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    Cheryl Zeien Reply Report comment

    October 18, 2019 at 12:14 am

    So sorry to hear of the death of JR. My prayes and sympathy goes out to his children and family. god bless.