In Memory of Barbara Elaine Trullender

Barbara Elaine Trullender
Barbara Elaine Trullender
Born: April 27, 1946
Died: December 11, 2020
Age: 74
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Barbara Elaine Trullender
April 27, 1946 - December 11, 2020
From: Ida Grove, IA

Barbara Elaine Trullender, age 74, of Ida Grove, Iowa, passed away on Friday, December 11, 2020, at the Good Samaritan Society of Holstein, Iowa.

A Funeral Service will be held at 2:00 p.m., with a visitation held one hour prior to the funeral service from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., Thursday, December 17, 2020, at the Christensen-Van Houten Funeral Home of Ida Grove, Iowa. Rev. Kevin J. Freese will officiate. Committal Services will follow in the Ida Grove Cemetery of Ida Grove, Iowa. A Facebook live of the service will be avaliable on the Christensen-Van Houten Funeral Homes Facebook page. 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the governor’s proclamation, masks are mandatory and social distancing guidelines apply during all services.

The Christensen-Van Houten Funeral Home of Ida Grove, Iowa, is in charge of the funeral arrangements. Condolences may be sent online at

Barbara Elaine Trullender was born on April 27, 1946, to James “Jim” and Elizabeth “Lib” (Cauble) Rickert, in North Carolina. Her father served in the United States Airforce which led Barbara to living on multiply Airforce bases throughout the United States.

She loved attending town festivals, collecting Angels, listening to Elvis Presley, and spending time with her family especially her grandchildren. She also enjoyed Coca-Cola, donuts, walking, reading her Bible, and being a homemaker.

Holidays brought Barbara great joy and she loved to celebrate. She enjoyed decorating, baking, and treasured time spent with her family. Christmas in particular was Barbara’s favorite holiday. She delighted in handing out gifts and serving a slice of her delicious pineapple upside down cake which was requested year-round.

Left to cherish her memory are her children: Tammy Trullender of Harley, VA, Martha Ulrich of Ida Grove, IA, Mike Ulrich of Arthur, IA, and Richard (Salina) Ulrich of Villa Grove, IL; grandchildren: Ryan (Leia) Ladwig, Elizabeth (David) Scholten; Orry (Rebecca) Ladwig; Kimberly Ulrich, Alexis Ulrich, Caitlyn Ulrich, Calli Ulrich, Aaron Ulrich, Makayla Ulrich, Axton Ulrich, Cora Shirley, Libby Ulrich; great grandchildren: Gracelyn, Alexander, Kira, Melody, Ailith, Ethan, Makenna, and Addison; sister Wendy (Bill) Courson of Winston, GA; nieces Becky (Courson) Mozley and Veronica; nephew Chris Courson; and extended family and friends.

Barbara was preceded in death by her parents James “Jim” and Elizabeth “Lib” Rickert; and brother Stan Rickert.



2:00 p.m., Thursday
December 17, 2020
Christensen-Van Houten 
Funeral Home
Ida Grove, Iowa


Rev. Kevin J. Freese


Alexis Ulrich
Caitlyn Ulrich
Mike Ulrich
Richard Ulrich
Ryan Ladwig
Mike Sholty


One hour prior to the service
1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Thursday, December 17, 2020
Christensen-Van Houten
Funeral Home
Ida Grove, Iowa


"Amazing Grace"
"On Eagle's Wings"


Ida Grove Cemetery
Ida Grove, Iowa


Monday, January 18, 2021 at 10:58 AM
“So sorry to here of Barbara's Death best to the Family.”
- Michael Ulrich
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