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Jerry C. Treinen

Monday, August 6, 2007

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Jerry C. Treinen, 76, of Remsen, beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend, died at his home surrounded by his family on Friday, Aug. 3, 2007, after a lengthy battle with cancer. Jerry C. Trenine was born Feb. 16, 1931, at Le Mars, the son of Charles and Anna (Kemp) Treinen. He was raised in the Alton-Remsen area and graduated from St. Mary's Academy in Alton in 1949. He then moved to Portland, Ore., for a short time to live with his sister, Ruth, then returned to Iowa to farm with his father.

In 1951, Jerry married Janet Schnepf. Later they moved their family to Orange County, Calif., where he worked for John Mansfield Company. After two years they came back to Remsen where he farmed. To his first marriage, six children were born.

In December 1964, Jerry married Gloria Peterson. They were married for 43 years, and to that union, two children were born.

Church was a very important part of Jerry's life. He attended St. Catherine's Catholic Church in Oyens, where he sang in the choir for more than 50 years. He was active in many organizations, including the Catholic Rural Life Committee, Catholic Order of Foresters of Remsen, National Farmers Organization, Democratic National Party, Sportsmans Club of Remsen and Eagles of Le Mars.

Jerry loved spending time around the kitchen table with his family and attending his grandchildren's activities. He enjoyed pinochle, hunting, fishing, Seagram sours, and the company of his German shepherd, Queenie. He could often be found having coffee with friends and neighbors.

He was a kind and generous man who never met anyone who didn't become a friend. Jerry was much loved and will be greatly missed.

Survivors include his loving wife, Gloria, of Remsen; seven children, Jay Treinen of San Francisco, Calif., Jackie Kaufman and her husband, John, of Dakota Dunes, S.D., Joe Treinen of San Francisco, Calif., Jane Strunk and her husband, Keith, of Charlestown, Ind., Jeff Treinen and his wife, Karla, of Rock Valley, Roger Treinen and his special friend, Chitra Yingvivatanapong, both of Folsom, Calif., and Susan Van Dyke and her husband, Lynn, of Sioux Center; 13 grandchildren, Eric, Katy and Keith Krienert, Laura, Sarah, Randy and J. J. Strunk, Chris and Allie Treinen, Tim, Nikki, Alex and Molly Van Dyke; four great-grandchildren and two more expected soon; two sisters, Shirley Homan of Creighton, Neb., and Ruth Cach of Portland, Ore.; and one brother, John Treinen of Fremont, Neb.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Jim; two grandsons, Daniel Treinen and Craig Van Dyke; four brothers, Chuck, Roman, Dick and Kenny; two sisters, Callista Cach and Joan Bachmann; and his father and mother-in-law, James and Mildred Peterson.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Catherine's Catholic Church in Oyens with the Revs. Eugene Murray and Timothy Hogan officiating. Burial will be in St. Catherine's Cemetery at Oyens.

Friends may call after 2 p.m. today (Monday), at the Fisch Funeral Home in Remsen. There will be a parish rosary at 3 p.m., a vigil prayer service at 7:30 p.m. and a rosary at 8 p.m. by the Catholic Order of Foresters, all at the funeral home.

Casketbearers will be Eric and Keith Krienert, Randy and J. J. Strunk, Tim and Alex Van Dyke, Chris Treinen, Randall Mattingly. Honorary bearers will be Dale Reichle, Larry Hanno, Harry Pausch, Jerry Rolling, Mike Delperdang, Darrell Lancaster, Tom Peterson, Phil Ritz, Ray Harpenau, Steve Lehner, Paul Schlaphoff and Mike Ritz.

Catholic Order of Foresters honorary bearers will be Fred Bortscheller, Bob Gengler, Daniel Groff, Donald Konz, Paul Meis and Max Treinen.