In Memory of Gretchen A. Louderback



Gretchen A. Louderback
Gretchen A. Louderback
Born: October 11, 1930
Died: May 21, 2019
Age: 88
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Gretchen A. Louderback
October 11, 1930 - May 21, 2019
From: Battle Creek, IA

Gretchen Louderback, age 88, of Battle Creek, Iowa passed away on Tuesday, May 21, 2019, at the Willow Dale Wellness Village of Battle Creek, Iowa.

A Funeral Service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, May 25, 2019, at the Christensen – Van Houten Funeral Home of Ida Grove, Iowa. Father Richard D. Ball will officiate. Graveside services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, May 25, 2019, in the Roseland Cemetery of Sanborn, Iowa. A Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Friday, May 24, 2019, with a Vigil Service at 7:00 p.m. 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 www.christensenvanhouten.com

Gretchen Ann Louderback, the daughter of Murvin and Marie (Taylor) Hopkins, was born on October 11, 1930, in O’Brien County, IA. She grew up and received her education in the O’Brien County area.

On January 11, 1957, she was united in marriage to Warren B. Louderback in Dakota City, NE.  The couple were blessed with three children: Robert, Rodney, and Sue. After their marriage they lived in Sanborn, Hinton, Battle Creek and Kingsley, IA areas. Warren passed away on March 31, 1980.

Gretchen moved back to Battle Creek in 1983. She worked for IBP in Dakota City, NE for 15 years. She retired in 1990 and relocated to Sanborn to care for her mother. After her mother's passing in 1995, Gretchen moved to Sheldon to help her sister Nancy maintain apartment property. In 1998 she relocated to Holstein where she was employed at Ida Services Incorporated (ISI) and Klinger Properties. In 2005, Gretchen officially retired and relocated back to Battle Creek to be close to family.

During her retirement, Gretchen enjoyed spending time with family and an occasional trip to the casino. She had a deep affection for her devoted poodles: Tiny, Cookie and Casey.  In her free time, she loved sewing and crocheting. Gretchen will always be remembered for her infamous sewed pot and bowl holders as well as her intricate afghans.

Left to cherish her memory are her daughter Sue (Doug) Schultz of Battle Creek, IA; daughters-in-law Julie Louderback of Spirit Lake, IA and Robin (Bruce) Burnham of Kingsley, IA; six grandchildren: Amy (Mark) Forbes of Ida Grove, IA, Brian (Amanda) Schultz of Fremont, NE; Holly (Todd) Jorgensen of Sloan, IA, Jenny Hofer of Sioux City, IA, Lanny (Tammy) Allen of Sheldon, IA and Orry Ladwig of Hartley, IA; eleven great-grandchildren; siblings: Keith (Norrine) Hopkins of Concan, TX, Jeanette Endorf of Sanborn, IA, Marian Andersen of Austin, TX, Butch (Dayle) Hopkins of Tifton, GA, Nancy Huff of Sheldon, IA, Jean (Phil) Snyder of Sanborn, IA and Jane (Ken) Conaway of Council Bluffs, IA; numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Gretchen was preceded in death by her parents Murvin and Marie Hopkins; sons Rodney and Robert; great-granddaughter Kysa Forbes; sister Marveen Lange; sister-in-law Madeliene Hopkins; brothers-in-law Bob Huff and Arley Endorf.

 

SERVICES

10:00 a.m., Saturday,
May 25, 2019
Christensen ~ Van Houten Funeral Home
Ida Grove, Iowa

OFFICIATING

Father Richard D. Ball

CASKET BEARERS

Mark Forbes
Brian Schultz
Ben Huff
Jeremiah Huff
Corey Hopkins
Lanny Allen
Craig Fitch

Honorary Pallbearers
Gretchen's Grandchildren &
Great-Grandchildren

VISITATION

5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Friday, 
May 24, 2019
Vigil Service at 7:00 p.m.
Christensen ~ Van Houten Funeral Home
Ida Grove, Iowa

MUSIC

"On Eagle's Wings"
"The Old Rugged Cross"
"Song of Farewell"

Jessica Gunderson, Pianist
Tammy Hoffman, Vocalist

INTERMENT

2:00 p.m., Saturday,
May 25, 2019
Roseland Cemetery
Sanborn, Iowa


Condolences


Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at 9:09 AM
“I am so sorry for your loss, my heart goes out to you and your family. I am so sad. Gretchen you will be missed”
- Mary Baker
Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at 9:09 AM
“My heart goes out to the family, All at the Apartment will miss her.”
- Mary & John Baker
Friday, May 24, 2019 at 9:28 AM
“Sue & family, our sincere sympathy to all. So glad we were able to see & visit with Gretchen at the last Hopkins reunion. ”
- Joan, Bob & Dell, Fred & Shirley
Friday, May 24, 2019 at 9:28 AM
“We are so sad to hear about Gretchen’s passing!! She was such a sweet and kind person and will be greatly missed!!! Your family will be in our prayers!!!”
- Roger and Sheila Taylor
Thursday, May 23, 2019 at 9:10 AM
“Deepest sympathy for your loss. She was a nice person and always had a smile and a hello how are you.
- Fern Krayenhagen
Thursday, May 23, 2019 at 9:10 AM
“Sue, you are in our thoughts and prayers. Our condolences.”
- Ann Hoefling
Thursday, May 23, 2019 at 9:10 AM
“God bless Aunt Gretchen. I will miss her greatly. So thankful for the memories and her trying to teach me how to make an afghan. Rest in peace!”
- Lisa Luing
Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at 12:46 PM
“So sorry for the loss of Aunt Gretchen I didn’t know her well but what i remember she was a sweetheart ”
- Marla Pyle
Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at 11:04 AM
“Sue I'm so sorry for you and your family...you're in my prayers.”
- Charlotte Haskins
Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at 10:29 AM
“WILL BE MISSED QUITE A LADY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”
- ron krapfl
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