In Memory of George Russell Trullender

George Russell Trullender
George Russell Trullender
Born: April 16, 1942
Died: December 13, 2020
Age: 78
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George Russell Trullender
April 16, 1942 - December 13, 2020
From: Arthur, IA

George Russell Trullender, age 78, of Arthur, Iowa, passed away on Sunday, December 13, 2020, at the Willow Dale Wellness Village of Battle Creek, 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, with Military Rites conducted by the McNamara Moore Post No 61 of the American Legion of Ida Grove, Iowa.  A Facebook live of the service will be available on the Christensen-Van Houten Funeral Home 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

George Russell “Butch” Trullender, was born in Alexandria, Virginia, on April 16, 1942, to George W. Trullender and Dorothy (MaGruder) Trullender.

George spent his life growing up in Virginia with his parents, two brothers Warren and Harvey, favorite Uncle and Aunt, Gene and Maggie Higgins, as well as many other extended family members.

At age 18, he enlisted into the Air Force and transitioned into the U.S. Army, spending 20 years of active military service traveling all over the world. 

After his retirement from the military, he went onto work for Mau Trucking until his retirement at age 50. The fun really began for him when he started pursuing his life-long dream of aviation, which led him to opening TW Aviation, downtown Ida Grove. 

George enjoyed many things in life, he was a master at making anything grow, indoor plants to vegetable gardens. He loved to cook old-time family recipes, stemming out of the Depression era. Our family favorites were his chicken and dumplings and bread pudding. He especially loved the holidays, Christmas being his favorite, making huge traditional feasts for his family while he was able. He loved life and tried to live it to the fullest.

George passed away December 13, 2020, due to complications with Covid-19. He will be missed by all who loved him. 

Left to cherish his memory are: Tammy Trullender of Harley, VA, Rhoze Trullender of Ida Grove, IA, Jerry (Christine) Trullender of San Antonio, TX, Sherry Trullender of San Antonio, TX, Martha Ulrich of Ida Grove, IA, Mike Ulrich of Arthur, IA, and Richard (Salina) Ulrich of Villa Grove, IL; Ryan (Leia) Ladwig, Elizabeth (David) Scholten; Orry (Rebecca) Ladwig; Jesse (Katelyn) Korthals of Tacoma, WA, Nikolette Griffith of Ida Grove, IA, Ashly Griffith of Sioux City, IA, Luke Griffith of Ida Grove, IA, Stephanie Lutz of San Antonio, TX, Joshua, Justin and Critton Trullender of San Antonio, TX; Ameiah Griffith, Harrison Lutz, Gerrit Korthals; Kimberly Ulrich, Alexis Ulrich, Caitlyn Ulrich, Calli Ulrich, Aaron Ulrich, Makayla Ulrich, Axton Ulrich, Cora Shirley, Libby Ulrich; Gracelyn, Alexander, Kira, Melody, Ailith, Ethan, Makenna, and Addison; extended family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Warren Trullender and Harvey Trullender; and Aunt Maggie and Uncle Gene Higgins.


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


Rev. Kevin J. Freese


Alexis Ulrich
Caitlyn Ulrich
Richard Ulrich
Mike Ulrich
Ryan Ladwig
Luke Griffith


One Hour Prior to Service
1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Thursday, December 17, 2020
Christensen-Van Houten
Funeral Home
Ida Grove, Iowa


"I Can Only Imagine"
"Dancing With The Angels"


Ida Grove Cemetery
Ida Grove, Iowa


Monday, December 21, 2020 at 3:32 PM
“Rhoze sorry for your loss our condolences”
- Kenny & Anne ThornhillRho
Monday, December 14, 2020 at 9:13 AM
“Our deepest condolences to all the family. Love, Granville and Nancy Adams ”
- Nancy Adams
Monday, December 14, 2020 at 9:13 AM
“Rose and family, deepest sympathy at he loss of your dad. He will be missed! Was a joy being around him.”
- Angela Goodman
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