In Memory of Reed Eugene Feddersen

Reed Eugene Feddersen
Reed Eugene Feddersen
Born: June 23, 1956
Died: September 23, 2020
Age: 64
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Reed Eugene Feddersen
June 23, 1956 - September 23, 2020
From: Carroll, IA | Originally: Ida Grove, IA

Reed Eugene Feddersen “Hy Butterfly” age 64, of Carroll, Iowa (formerly of Ida Grove, Iowa), passed away on Wednesday, September 23, 2020, at the Fonda Specialty Care of Fonda, Iowa.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, October 2, 2020, at Moorehead Park in Ida Grove, Iowa. Those planning on attending the Celebration of Life are to bring a lawn chair or blanket. Chaplain John Briley will officiate. A Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Thursday, October 1, 2020, at the Christensen – Van Houten Funeral Home of Ida Grove, Iowa. Private family committal services will be held in the Mount Hope Cemetery of Battle Creek, Iowa.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, masks are encouraged and social distancing rules apply. The Christensen-Van Houten Funeral Home of Ida Grove, Iowa, is in charge of the funeral arrangements.  Condolences may be sent online at

      Reed Eugene Feddersen, also known as Hy Butterfly, was born on June 23, 1956, to Robert James and Pauline Joyce (Teghtmeyer) Feddersen. He grew up helping on the family farm near Ida Grove, Iowa and was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith at St. Paul Lutheran Church. Reed graduated in the top 10 of the class of 1974 and served as their senior class president. He was involved in FFA and wrestling. He first lettered in baseball as a freshman. A fond memory for him was playing third base with brother Roger at first base and brother Ross pitching or catching. When the three were boys, dad also served as their little league coach.

      Reed played baseball throughout high school days until the end of his senior year, when adventure called and he instead opted to go on the first of many trips hitchhiking around the country. Along the way he would pick up side jobs to fund the next leg of his journey. One of his favorites was working at the Pixieland Carnival. Off and on over the course of his life, Reed would find himself hitchhiking to many places around the country whenever the mood struck him, even once traveling all the way to the Philippines. He was especially drawn to nature and to water—whether it be a lake or the ocean. He loved camping and sleeping out under the stars and communing with God’s creation. Early on he briefly farmed with Roger near Ida Grove managing a cow/calf operation.

      Reed’s other interests included reading his Bible, gardening, chess, following the Iowa Hawkeyes, and keeping up with how things were going on the farm. He was an avid reader and went to the library almost daily. It would always make his day when his beloved niece Molly would call or visit. He faithfully attended Carroll First Church in Carroll, Iowa, each week where he had been living the last several years.

      If there are two words that describe Reed best, they would be loving kindness. He had a deep, profound love for his Savior, for God’s creation and for all of God’s creatures. God’s love shone through Reed each and every day of his life and all that knew him experienced this love firsthand. He was someone who LITERALLY would give you the shirt off of his back, even if it was the last he owned. God’s command to care for his creation were not “just words” to Reed.

      Grateful for having been a part of his life are sisters Teresa Feddersen (Bob Peaveler) of Ida Grove, IA and Renea (Ron) Schoenfelder of Dimock, SD; sisters-in-law Gloria Feddersen of Ida Grove, IA and Nancy Feddersen of Storm Lake, IA; numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

      He was preceded in death by his parents Robert and Pauline Feddersen; brothers Ross and Roger Feddersen.


Memorials may be directed to the Ida County Conservation Foundation, 299 Jasper Ave, Ida Grove, Iowa, 51445.


11:00 a.m., Friday
October 2, 2020
Moorehead Park
Ida Grove, Iowa


Chaplain John Briley


Honorary Pallbearers

Steve Petersen
Ed Petersen
Stan Parker
Jeff Parker
Les Bubke
Dennis Bubke


5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, October 1, 2020
Christensen-Van Houten 
Funeral Home
Ida Grove, Iowa


"Who You Say I Am"
"Come To Jesus"
"In The Garden"


Mount Hope Cemetery
Battle Creek, Iowa


Monday, October 5, 2020 at 11:57 AM
“I got to know Hy while he lived in Orange City. He stretched my thinking about things. I am a better person because I met Hy. I will forever be grateful for my relationship with him.”
- Pete De Boer
Friday, October 2, 2020 at 9:52 AM
“I was honored & priveliged to have worked with Hy at FRC. I only wish I could have spent more time having those late night talks when he couldn't sleep. He was certainly well travelled and I miss sharing our similar interests. Rest in Peace, My Friend.”
- Gail Wenck
Tuesday, September 29, 2020 at 9:54 AM
“So sorry to hear about your loss. He was always ready with a smile.So happy he loved to read the Bible, Remember those beautiful memories!!”
- CathyFerguson Ballard
Monday, September 28, 2020 at 9:11 AM
“Renea and Ron and family, you are in our prayers. ”
- Pastor Carla Nelson and Pastor Kevin Jensen
Monday, September 28, 2020 at 9:11 AM
“What a beautiful tribute to Reed. I really enjoyed reading of his life. My sincerest condolences to the family. I know he is happy to be home with his Lord and his brothers! ”
- Denise Schau
Monday, September 28, 2020 at 9:11 AM
“I worked with Hy at RTC in Orange City. I have so many great memories of him. He was kind and caring. I am out of town the day of his funeral, but my thoughts are with you all. In heaven Hy will be fully healthy and fully enjoying his Savior.”
- Shar Van Schouwen
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