In Memory of Dr. John S. Sinnott

Dr. John S. Sinnott
Dr. John S. Sinnott
Born: October 20, 1940
Died: December 9, 2020
Age: 80
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Dr. John S. Sinnott
October 20, 1940 - December 9, 2020
From: Ida Grove, IA

Dr. John S. Sinnott, age 80, of Ida Grove, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday, December 9, 2020, at the Horn Memorial Hospital of Ida Grove, Iowa.

A Private Family Vigil Service was held at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Ida Grove, Iowa. Father Richard D. Ball officiated. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. The Christensen-Van Houten Funeral Home of Ida Grove, Iowa, is in charge of the funeral arrangements. Condolences may be sent online at

Dr. John Stephen Sinnott, the son of Stephen B. and Ellen E. (Judge) Sinnott, was born on the kitchen table on October 20, 1940, at home, in Georgetown, IA. As a child of the Great Depression, his life on the family farm was of meager means but rich in love. His humble roots and love of family defined him throughout his life. He attended St. Patrick’s School through the 11th grade and then went on to graduate from Dowling High School in Des Moines, IA, with the class of 1959. He continued his Catholic education in college by attending St. Ambrose University. In addition to his studies, John had a passion for sports. He enjoyed playing football while at St. Ambrose. After graduating from St. Ambrose, he furthered his education in the medical field at the University of Des Moines Medical School. He finished his internship in Denver and graduated medical school in 1968.

From the moment of their first date, his bride to be, knew John was the one she would marry. On August 28, 1965, John married his love, Lenee T. Showalter in Bettendorf, IA. Together they were committed to fulfilling John’s dream of being called “Doc” by the small community he served. Together in 1969, they made Ida Grove, IA home and started his medical practice. Over the course of his career, he treated thousands of patients and delivered four generations of families.

The couple was blessed with two children: Annie and Daniel. Both children flourished. Daniel is now a contracting officer with the US Army. Annie followed in her father’s footsteps and is an ER Physician.

During his career, John’s deep appreciation of sport brought him right to the heart of local high school sports. He was a pioneer and advocate for sport physicals to keep athletic youth safe and healthy. John rarely missed a home game, as a volunteer sideline football physician for 45 years. He also served as the Ida County Medical Examiner for many years.

In his medical career, John valued ongoing education and evolving as a physician. John’s niche in medicine came when he met Rheumatic arthritis guru, Dr. Thomas McPherson Brown. John studied under Dr. Brown and learned alternative treatments for patients with connective tissue disorders. Patients from around the globe traveled many miles to rural Ida Grove to be treated by Dr. Sinnott.

After retiring in 2008, he returned to his farming roots. John planted 5 acres of grapevines. Once the vines matured, he achieved his dream and opened the Old Town Vineyard and Winery in 2012. The winery was his passion. He often said the reason he loved the winery so much was because it was different than his career. As a physician, he witnessed much suffering. As a vintner and winery owner, he witnessed abundant joy. John always loved a good party.

On December 9th, 2020 Dr. Sinnott passed away after a quiet and courageous battle with Lewy Body Dementia and Parkinson’s. He will be dearly missed by those who knew and loved him.

Left to cherish his memory include his wife Lenee Sinnott of Ida Grove, IA; daughter Annie (Cindi) Sinnott of Las Vegas, NV and their son Eli; son Daniel (Michelle) Sinnott of Davenport, IA and their children Jenna and Jackson; brother Bill Sinnott of Des Moines, IA; sisters Ann (Larry) Arnold of Norwalk, IA, Ellen Sinnott of Des Moines, IA and Rosemary (Jerry) Weiss of St. Louis, MO; nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents Stephen and Ellen Sinnott; sister Kathleen Sinnott; a brother in infancy; and parents-in-law Ray and Lisa Showalter.



Celebration of Life
At A Later Date


Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 9:41 AM
“Dear Mrs.Sinnott- I just decided to look up Ida Grove news and just discovered Dr.Sinnott passed away in December!!!! We are so very sorry for your loss!!!! I’m sorry I just now discovered this information!!! We can’t thank you enough for all the kindness and help you both gave to our son and myself!! We are truly indebted to both of you!! Again we are very sorry!! Much love,James,Kathy and Andrew Jenkinson”
- Kathy Jenkinson
Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at 3:03 PM
“Our condolences to the Sinnott family. Dr. Sinnott was certainly a very friendly caring Doctor. We were always very happy with the thoughtful care he provided our family. Keith and Colleen Brown ”
- Keith Brown
Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 12:04 PM
“We have many fond memories of Doc He had time to talk or visit with you Our sympathy to his family and friends May he R I P

- Wayne and Ina Mae Bliesmann
Monday, December 14, 2020 at 1:07 PM
“So sorry to hear of his passing. I was one of his arthritis patients years ago. I'm so happy he offered the arthritis people an alternative. I'm sure it gave me a better life. ”
- Ronald Maurer
Monday, December 14, 2020 at 9:13 AM
“John Sinnott was a great influence in my life. Along with being our family doctors, he and Carl Toben sponsored and hosted me for a summer internship at Horn hospital after my freshman year in medical school. As well as teaching me much about medicine, he taught me how to be a good doctor. I just wrote a book about that. Lenee if you will send me your address (email above), I will send you one”
- John Chase
Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 8:23 PM
“Our deepest sympathy goes out to doc's family during this difficult loss. We pray for peace & strength as you say "see you in heaven" to your husband & father. ”
- Kristen & Gale Wessel
Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 8:23 PM
“Do you Laney and family, I am so very sorry for your loss of such a kind and caring man as husband and father. Sending my love and prayers and God’s peace and strength for today and the days ahead sincerely, Judy Ohnemus”
- Judy Ohnemus
Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 8:23 PM
“So sorry to just hear this. I loved working at the hospital with Dr Sinnott for almost 25 years. He will be remembered by all very fondly. Thoughts and prayers to Lenee, Annie, Dan, and families. ”
- Betsy Dettman
Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 8:22 PM
“To Lenee and family, we morn the loss of a great cousin and boyhood friend.
Memories to cherish, Will miss you Bing.
Prayers of comfort for Lenee and family.”
- Joe and Collette Mahoney
Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 8:22 PM
“Sending my sympathy to the family. Dr. Sinnott was such a kind and caring person and a wonderful doctor. He certainly will be missed by his friends, family and by the whole community.”
- Sheila Petersen
Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 12:17 PM
“A wonderful man who will be greatly missed. Gave my father wonderful care and some fun golf games. Sending my sympathy

- Sharon Cranston
Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 12:17 PM
“My deepest sympathies to the family!! Dr Sinnott was such a kind and caring person! I enjoyed working with him for many years, his quick wit and sense of humor, sometimes caught me off guard! He will be missed by many. May God wrap you all in his arms and provide comfort and peace. RIP Dr. Sinnott ”
- Tonya Dupre
Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 9:34 AM
“So sorry to hear of John's passing. He was such a gentle & caring person and will be terribly missed by family, friends and community. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers in this difficult time.”
- Rich & Sue Smith
Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 9:34 AM
“Memories of doc are so many. He was a wonderful doctor as well as a caring person. He will be remembered for all he did as my doctor and the help he gave me so many times. God gained another lovely soul. Sincere sympathy to the whole family.”
- Angela Goodman
Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 9:34 AM
“To Lenee and family, I send my sincere sympathy and prayers to you all. One of the first men I met when I returned from the service and became such a great friend. He meant a lot to our whole community and will be missed. Thanks for the great memories Doc!”
- Larry Hultgren
Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 9:33 AM
“Heartfelt condolences to the Sinnott family. He was a great friend to Gary and Jayne and I'm sure they are playing the links together again.”
- Patti (Harter) Crozier
Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 9:33 AM
“Oh my... where do U begin with a guy like this... He was the best of the best. Took care of SO many lives and always accepted calls from frightened mothers on off hours. I have used his arthritis program for years and was so disappointed to find he was quitting but I have continued with a great Dr... with Dr. Sinnott's treatments... RIP dear Dr. Sinnott. ”
Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 9:33 AM
“I am so sorry for your loss. The world has lost a great man.”
- Valarie Wonder
Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 9:33 AM
“Prayers and hugs!! Doc was an amazing man. Loved working with him!!”
- John and Micki Fischer
Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 9:33 AM
“Our prayers to all. Doc was a quiet gentleman and will be missed by many.”
- Marie & Robert Baker
Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 9:32 AM
“Our deepest sympathies to the Sinnott family. He will always be a part of our family. He was there for each of our 3 kid’s births. He was an awesome Dr.! So kind, understand and always very concerned with helping everyone to lead a healthy life. He will be truly missed. May God give you peace and joy with all your wonderful memories of him.”
- Doug and Patty Wheeler
Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 9:32 AM
“Sending our sympathy to the family. Dr. Sinnott was the kindest most compassionate doctor. I always appreciated how he took time to really listen. May the Lord’s love and peace be with you all. ”
- Jim and Ann Holst
Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 9:32 AM
“Our condolences to your family. We had the greatest respect for him as our doctor and friend. Joe enjoyed many rounds of golf with him.
Sending our prayers of peace and comfort. Joe, Jan , Eric, Nathan , and Jesse”
- Joe & Jan Schlimgen Eric, Nathan & Jesse
Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 9:32 AM
“There are truly Angels among us and Doctor Sinnott was one of the best and brightest. To his family, you are all in our thoughts and prayers.We thank you for sharing this truly special man with us for all of these years. Larry and Pat Rector”
- Pat D Mildenstein-Rector and Larry Rector
Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 9:32 AM
“Our prayers are with you all. I work for Sports Rehab and enjoyed working at Horn with Dr in the 90s. Great doctor and great man🙏🙏”
- Karmen Hodgdon
Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 9:32 AM
“We extend our deepest sympathies to you and your Family,
Gone from our sight, but never from our Hearts, may his Soul rest in Peace.”
- Timothy O Connor
Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 9:32 AM
“Prayers to Dr. Sinnott's family. I worked with Dr. Sinnott at Horn Memorial right after graduating from nursing school in 1986. He was a compassionate doctor who I learned a lot from. 🙏🙏🙏”
- Sharon Lee(Graham)
Friday, December 11, 2020 at 1:43 PM
“Our sympathy to your family. Congratulations on a life well lived. He was so respected professionally and personally. He was one person that will leave forever memories of goodness ”
- Clark and Jean Conover
Friday, December 11, 2020 at 1:43 PM
“Sending prayers of peace and comfort. He was the best Dr. I ever went to, truly caring and gentle. He loved what he did and it showed.
- Charlene Brockman
Friday, December 11, 2020 at 1:43 PM
“To the Sinnott family. So sorry to hear about Doc. He was truly a great man. I had the deepest respect for him as a Doctor and a man. He was a good friend. I always enjoyed talking to him about sports. You have my deepest sympathy.”
- Byron Hartwig
Friday, December 11, 2020 at 1:43 PM
“So sorry to hear of the loss of your husband & father. Thinking of you & your family!”
- Brook (Fleenor) Boeckman
Friday, December 11, 2020 at 1:43 PM
“I’m so very sorry for your loss. Doc will live on in many hearts as a wonderful person that cared for so many of us and our children. He was so kind to everyone. I respected him and knew everything would be ok when he treated us. He sacrificed so much time working in the clinic and hospital. So instrumental in the growth of the facilities in Ida Grove. He won’t be forgotten. A wonderful man with a wonderful family. Prayers for all you. ”
- Sue Birocci
Friday, December 11, 2020 at 1:43 PM
“So many wonderful memories of working with Dr Sinnott over the years. He was so kind and caring and a patient teacher when I was a green new nurse. He was always so gracious to me all those times I called him in the middle of the night. So sorry for your loss. Praying for The Lord’s Peace to heal your sad heart. Pam Kunze ”
- Pam Kunze
Friday, December 11, 2020 at 1:43 PM
“Doc was one great guy. He gave much of himself to our community. We were so blessed to have him and you, Lanae to give us such care and concern. Thanks to both of you.”
- Virginia Wellendorf
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