In Memory of Dennis Edward Ladwig

Dennis Edward Ladwig
Dennis Edward Ladwig
Born: January 28, 1946
Died: July 1, 2018
Age: 72
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Dennis Edward Ladwig
January 28, 1946 - July 1, 2018
From: Ida Grove, IA

Dennis Edward Ladwig, age 72, of Ida Grove, Iowa passed away on Sunday, July 1, 2018, at the Horn Memorial Hospital of Ida Grove, Iowa.

Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, July 6, 2018, at the First Presbyterian Church of Battle Creek, Iowa. Rev. Kevin J. Freese will officiate. Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Thursday, July 5, 2018 at the Christensen - Van Houten Funeral Home of Ida Grove, Iowa. Interment will be at a later date in the Ida Grove Cemetery 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

Dennis Edward Ladwig, the son of Edward and Mary (Crane) Ladwig, was born on January 28, 1946, in Storm Lake, Iowa. He grew up in Ida Grove, Iowa and attended Ida Grove Public School.

On November 27, 1965, Dennis married the love of his life JoLene Dean in the Methodist Church of Mapleton, Iowa. Dennis and JoLene were blessed with four children Lola, Ranea, Gala, and Denise. Dennis loved his family and he and JoLene knew they had more love to share. For over 20 years they were foster parents and had the joy of adopting six children Ryan, Sonya, Amanda, Tanner, Orry, and Aiesha. 

Dennis started driving truck at the tender age of 16. He worked for a variety of employers throughout his life. He lugged beef at IBP in Denison, IA, hauled for Swift Trucking out of Sioux City, IA, hauled cement for United Builders and milk for the Ida Grove Creamy, drove for Hewitt Trucking and Mau Trucking all of Ida Grove, IA. Dennis continued to drive for Hallet Material, and Godbersen Smith Construction before he retired in 2006. 

Dennis was a family man. He relished in spending time with his family and watching his grandchildren grow. Dennis enjoyed playing cards, bingo, and playing Santa Claus for numerous years for the city of Ida Grove. 

Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 52 years JoLene Ladwig; children: Lola (Ed) Kenney, Ranea (Kurt) Rehse, Gala (Ray) Endrulat, Denise (Tim) Blunk, Ryan (Leila) Ladwig, Sonya Ladwig, Amanda (Justin) Wuebker, Tanner (Elizabeth) Ladwig, Orry (Thearse) Ladwig, Aiesha Ladwig; grandchildren: Rebecca Shomo, Anissa Ladwig, Isaac Endrulat, Bethany Rehse, Abi Kenney, Lilly Ladwig; step-grandchildren Ray Jr. (Brandy) Endrulat, Melissa (Chris) Subbert, Katelyn (Adrian) Long, Jake Blunk, Nick Blunk, William Blunk, Ben Blunk, Kira Ladwig and Melody Ladwig; 9 step great-grandchildren; siblings twin sister Mary (Ben) Lackman, Howard (Rose) Ladwig, Daniel (Kathy) Ladwig, Kathy (Rod) Hinojosa; sisters-in-law Sheryl (Mason) Goodenow, Bobby (Jim) Chandler, Mary Jane Sahl, Nona Engelke; brothers-in-law Danny (Joan) Dean, Vernon (Dwan) Dean, Larry (Jan) Dean, Terry Dean, Phillp (Stacy) Dean, Alan (Louise) Dean; numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents Edward and Mary Ladwig; brother Mike Ladwig; in-laws Robert and Gala Dean; three nieces Linda Dean, Tammy Dean, Lauren Goodenow.



10:30 a.m., Friday,
July 6, 2018

First Presbyterian Church
Battle Creek, Iowa


Rev. Kevin J. Freese


Rebecca Shomo
Anissa Ladwig
Isaac Endrulat
Bethany Rehse
Abi Kenny
Lilly Ladwig
Everett Cook
Jan Hewitt
Kurt Rehse

Honorary Pallbearers
Emil Iversen
Jeff Hewitt


5:00 - 7:00 p.m., Thursday,
July 5, 2018

Christensen - Van Houten Funeral Home
Ida Grove, Iowa


Recorded Selections

"I Can Only Imagine"
"Jealous of the Angels"
"The Old Rugged Cross"


At A Later Date
Ida Grove Cemetery
Ida Grove, Iowa


Friday, July 6, 2018 at 11:56 AM
“To the family of Dennis Ladwig. I have known Dennis for many years, in fact I was his 3rd grade teacher in the old Dewey Building in the early 50's. I have enjoyed seeing him at sporting events, and I know he especially loved watching his granddaughter Bethany play ball. My condolences to his family. He now rests securely in our Heavenly Father's arms. Love and Hugs, Joan K. Petersen”
- Joan K. Petersen
Friday, July 6, 2018 at 11:56 AM
“Our thoughts and prayers to the whole family.”
- Matt & Chris Wunschel
Friday, July 6, 2018 at 11:56 AM
“You have my deepest sympathy, Dennis was a good man”
- Evekyn borron
Thursday, July 5, 2018 at 9:14 AM
“So sorry to hear about Dennis he was a good friend we will miss him”
- Kenny & Anne Thornhill
Tuesday, July 3, 2018 at 10:53 AM
Tuesday, July 3, 2018 at 9:28 AM
“My deepest sympathies to the family of this great guy! So many wonderful memories of him and how much he loved his wife, kids and family. RIP Dennis!”
- Diane Jenkins
Tuesday, July 3, 2018 at 9:28 AM
“Dennis will be missed on earth so very much.

You could always count on him for a good ole’ belly laugh! 😁
Fly high Dennis! You earned those wings!
Til we meet again!

Mary Jo Moten”
- Mary Jo Moten
Tuesday, July 3, 2018 at 9:28 AM
“So sorry to hear this news about your Dad - what a wonderful man he must have been. I will pray for healing for your family.”
- Catherine Montemarano
Tuesday, July 3, 2018 at 9:28 AM
“Sorry for your loss”
- Lauren
Tuesday, July 3, 2018 at 9:28 AM
“Lola, it was always my pleasure to see your mom and dad when they came to visit. Always a smile on his face, and joking around, I'm certain he will and already is missed by so many! Our family's thoughts and prayers are with you, Ed, Abi and the rest of your family. We love you!”
- Helena Cook NeCaise
Tuesday, July 3, 2018 at 9:28 AM
“Very sorry to hear of Denny’s passing. He made the neighborhood better to live in. Sending prayers to all of you!”
- Randy and Sue Birocci
Tuesday, July 3, 2018 at 9:28 AM
“My prayers are with Dennis' family. I pray that the wonderful memories that you have made over the years will help sustain you in the days ahead. God is always there for you to lean on. Patty (Weeber) Nelson
- Patty Nelson
Tuesday, July 3, 2018 at 9:27 AM
“So sorry to here about Dennis passing. I remember him from back in the 70s. What a good man. He will be missed. Sending hugs to all. Kathy there is a healing Angel with you .. hugggs
Betty (Mildenstein) Dahl”
- Betty Dahl
Monday, July 2, 2018 at 1:02 PM
“sorry to hear your lose to the ladwig family you going be miss dennis your a angel looking down at us ”
- Veta Willis
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