In Memory of Walter "Butch" Rehse

Walter "Butch" Rehse
Walter "Butch" Rehse
Born: March 9, 1939
Died: November 27, 2017
Age: 78
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Walter "Butch" Rehse
March 9, 1939 - November 27, 2017
From: Ida Grove, IA

Walter “Butch” Rehse, age 78, of Ida Grove, Iowa, passed away on Monday, November 27, 2017, at the Horn Memorial Hospital of Ida Grove, Iowa.

A Funeral Service will be held on 10:30 a.m., Thursday, November 30, 2017 at the St. Paul Lutheran Church of Ida Grove, Iowa. The Rev. Richard A. Salcido will officiate. Committal Service will follow in the Ida Grove Cemetery with Military Rites conducted by the McNamara – Moore Post No. 61 of the American Legion both of Ida Grove, Iowa. A visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 29, 2017, at the Christensen – Van Houten Funeral Home, of Ida Grove, Iowa. The Christensen-Van Houten Funeral Home of Ida Grove, Iowa is in charge of the funeral arrangements. Condolences may be sent online at

    Walter Fred Rehse, Jr., lovingly known as “Butch”, was born March 9, 1939, in Ida Grove, Iowa. He was the son of Walter and Evelyn (Kiertzner) Rehse. Butch was baptized in his faith on April 23, 1939, and confirmed on March 29, 1953, in the St. Paul Lutheran Church of Ida Grove, Iowa, where he was a life-long member.  He attended Ida Grove Public Schools and graduated from Ida Grove High School with the class of 1957.

    On March 12, 1961, Butch married Janet Godbersen in the St. John’s Lutheran Church of Galva, Iowa. To this union five children were born: Kurt, Renae, Kevin, Walter III, and Valarie.

     Butch proudly served his country in the Army National Guard from 1956-1964. From 1960 to 1969, Butch worked for United Builders of Ida Grove, Iowa, where he started out as a laborer and ended his career as a finish carpenter. During this time he helped build churches, schools, worked on the Ida Grove King Theater, and hung all of the vinyl in the Horn Memorial Hospital that still hangs today.

    In 1969, Butch and Janet moved to the country in Silver Creek Township to farm.  Butch planted corn and soybeans. He also raised livestock, including hogs and cattle. In 2003, the family helped to build a new home on Butch’s childhood farm, which is now today a century farm. Butch enjoyed farming up to until his death. He also enjoyed many fishing trips, playing cards, trips to the casino, and raising a large garden that he loved to share with his children and friends.

    Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 56 years Janet Rehse; children Kurt (Ranea) Rehse, Renae (John) Brookbank, Kevin (Brenda) Rehse, Walter (Karman) Rehse, and Valarie (Jason) Hinrickson; grandchildren Rebecca, Bethany, Abby, Nick, Ryan, Adam, Alex, Shelby, Tyler, and Paige; great-grandchildren Addison, Jaiston, Ashtyn and one on the way; sisters Deloris Stewart, Rheta Negless, and Mary Corbin; numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

    Butch is preceded in death by his parents Walter and Evelyn Rehse and sister Elaine Ehlen.


10:30 a.m., Thursday
November 30, 2017
St. Paul Lutheran Church
Ida Grove, Iowa


Rev. Richard A. Salcido


Adam Rehse
Alex Rehse
Nick Brookbank
Ryan Brookbank
Tyler Rehse
Bethany Rehse
Rebecca Shomo
Shelby Johnson
Abby Brookbank
Paige Hinrickson


5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Christensen-Van Houten
Funeral Home
Ida Grove, Iowa


On Eagle's Wings
What A Friend We Have In Jesus
How Great Thou Art
Amazing Grace


Ida Grove Cemetery
Ida Grove, Iowa

Military Rites By
McNamara - Moore
Post No. 61
of the American Legion
Ida Grove, Iowa


Wednesday, December 20, 2017 at 4:27 PM
“Janet and Family,
I did so look forward to seeing him at the 2018 Reunion. Last time he took me on a pick-up ride and we had fun. Butch was kind of a crazy football player, but he was in the mix -- a life well lived by a nice guy. Bob Crane '57”
- Bob Crane
Sunday, December 3, 2017 at 8:03 PM
“Very sorry to hear of your loss. Sincerest can ndolences ”
- Dave Durbin
Friday, December 1, 2017 at 11:53 AM
“bethany, sorry about your grandfather.”
- Lauren ketelsen
Friday, December 1, 2017 at 7:06 AM
“Many great memories growing up with Butch and family. Prayers to the family. ”
- Travis Renze
Friday, December 1, 2017 at 7:05 AM
“Janet and family So sorry to hear about Butch, Our prayers”
- George and Darlene Franzkowiak
Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at 12:48 PM
“May Jesus give comfort and peace to your family!! Gods Blessings to to allπŸ™πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™”
- Barb and John Corr
Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at 12:48 PM
“Janet and family I am so sorry to hear of your loss of Butch. I had such a great time with you two when we had card parties. He loved to kid me and I kidded him right back. It was my great pleasure to have known Butch as he was one great guy! May God's blessings be with you and your family.”
- Shirley Thompson
Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at 12:48 PM
“Renae, we send our sympathy to you and the entire family. ”
- Tom & Susan (Phelps) Rongitsch
Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at 12:48 PM
“I'm shocked as I just had breakfast at Zimmy's in Ida Grove with Walt last week. He was a fellow classmate at Ida Grove High School, we were in the same confirmation glass under the tutelage of Pastor Dohrmann and a great lifelong friend who always took the time to keep in touch! Walt will be greatly missed. My condolences to Janet and and their family.”
- Ron Landen
Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at 12:27 PM
“My friend for 70 years. Did not get to see him often but will always remember. Our prayers to his family.”
- Chuck and Diane Jensen
Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at 12:27 PM
“So sorry to hear of the passing of Butch. Our friendship goes all the way back to the 50's in the Ida Grove School system. Even though we have been in California since 1965, we always looked forward to seeing Butch when we were back home. We send our thoughts and prayers.”
- Rosamary & Allan Rauch
Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at 11:00 AM
“Sincere sympathy for your loss; Butch was a school classmate and will be missed.
- Nadine Kelly
Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at 11:00 AM
“Janet, Val,and family - Please know that you're in my thoughts and prayers. My sincerest condolences for an incredibly great loss. I'll never forget Butch. I have spent all day thinking about all my memories of all you throughout our GHS years. Hopefully your memories will keep him in your heart!”
- Abby Walleck
Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at 11:00 AM
“We are so sorry to hear of Butch's passing, what a great guy he was,I knew him from high School and through his life.He was always a very funny guy to be around. May God be with you though this sad time.....Ken & Anne Thornhill”
- Ken & Anne Thornhill
Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at 11:00 AM
“Sorry to lose a good friend. Our thoughts are with you.”
- Francis "Teko" Wood
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