In Memory of Jack J. Eggspuehler

Jack J.  Eggspuehler
Jack J. Eggspuehler
Born: August 20, 1948
Died: January 9, 2021
Age: 72
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Jack J. Eggspuehler
August 20, 1948 - January 9, 2021
From: Omaha , NE | Originally: Ida Grove, IA

Jack J. Eggspuehler, age 72, formerly of Ida Grove, Iowa, passed away at home on January 9, 2021, with his family by his side in Omaha, Nebraska. 

Per Jack’s wishes, cremation has taken place and a private graveside service will be held Friday, January 15, 2021.  A celebration of Jack’s life will be held at a later date due to COVID. The Christensen-Van Houten Funeral Home of Ida Grove, Iowa, is in charge of the arrangements and condolences may be left online at

Jack J. Eggspuehler was born August 20, 1948 to Don and Eleanor Eggspuehler in Iowa Falls, Iowa.  Growing up next to the river provided many fond memories with his three brothers and one sister. He graduated from Iowa Falls High School in 1966 where he wrestled, played football and was an amazing trumpet player.  After high school he began working in a factory until 1970 when he started college at Buena Vista in Storm Lake, Iowa where he received his bachelor’s degree in Economics.

Jack met the love of his life, Jill (Fults) Eggspuehler the day he was born.  They were born just three hours apart in the same hospital; they were destined to be together.  Their love story began in high school, through college and they were united in marriage on May 31, 1969.  Following Jill’s graduation from college, she accepted a position in Ida Grove to be an elementary school teacher so Jack happily moved with her.  Each year on the first day of school, he would bring her a red rose for each year she had taught.  Also, on her first day of teaching in 1970, he took her to school on his motorcycle.  When she retired, he surprised her and picked her up on his motorcycle. 

In 1972, he began working at Ida County State Bank (currently United Bank of Iowa) as a cashier.   He progressed throughout his entire career and was elected to the bank’s Board of Directors in 1984.  Throughout his banking career, he was a dedicated, honest, hardworking and helpful person who was always willing to lend a helping hand.  He mentored numerous colleagues and friends because he loved seeing others succeed.  During his tenure, he was a member of the Iowa Banker’s Association and assisted growing the bank from serving two communities to over 30.  He retired from the bank in 2009 but remained an active member of the United Bank of Iowa Board of Directors until his death.

Their family grew in June 1978 when they learned a beautiful baby boy, Justin Scot, would become their first child.  In 1986, their family became complete when they were told an adorable baby girl, Jennifer Ann, was born and would become a member of their family.  Jack was a loving father who never missed an event.  He was always the one ‘woot wooting’ in the stands and audience; even traveling to watch Justin intramural wrestle at Iowa State at midnight.  Jennifer and her father spent a lot of time together and share a unique love for finance.  This love for finance developed at a young age as Jennifer would “work” on the weekends with her father in his office at the bank and continued throughout his life and into her career.  Jack loved to attend any and all events of his two grandchildren, Cyler and Cole.  When he was not able to attend an event, he would watch online or have it recorded.  Cole put it best, “I will have the biggest fan watching over me while playing baseball.”  His two granddogs, Lily and Cali, were always at his side when around as well.

Jack was extremely active in the Ida Grove community.  Throughout his 41 years living in the community, he was a member of Kiwanis, volunteered for the Ida Grove fire department, led the effort to build a wrestling room at the OABCIG High School and was a driving force behind the Ida Grove Recreation Center becoming a reality.  We know he touched and helped many of you but is simply too many to list.

Two of Jack’s passions were wrestling and the Iowa Hawkeyes.  Black and gold ran through his veins.  He attended the NCAA National Wrestling Tournament 26 years and was an Iowa wrestling season ticket holder for several years.  He was definitely one of Iowa Hawkeye Wrestling’s biggest fans. 

Jack is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Jill; his children Justin (Tonya) Eggspuehler of Omaha, Nebraska and Jennifer Eggspuehler of Omaha, Nebraska; grandchildren Cyler Eggspuehler and Cole Eggspuehler; his brothers Don (Lynn) Eggspuehler, Bob (Sue) Eggspuehler and Gary (Kerry) Eggspuehler and his sister Julie (Tim) Latimer; along with many loving cousins, nieces, nephews and other family members and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Don and Eleanor Eggspuehler.

In lieu of flowers or plants, please consider a donation to the Parkinson’s Foundation in honor of Jack.  If you prefer to send arrangements, please send to Christiansen Van Houten Funeral Home or if you have a family member’s address, you may send directly to them.



Private Family Graveside

A Celebration of Life will
be held at a later date.


Rev. Kevin J. Freese


Sunday, May 23, 2021 at 9:00 AM
“Just learned of Jack’s passing. I found Jack to be a great student and always supportive of BVU. I worked with on various projects with the bank and had a great deal of respect for banking skill, honesty and skill for thoughtfulness . My all the good memories , help the family in the future.”
- Prof. Paul Russell
Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at 9:50 AM
“So sorry for your loss. Hugs and prayers to you Jill and your family! May God give you peace with only wonderful memories of a life well lived.❤️🤗”
- Doug and Patty Wheeler
Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 10:00 AM
“Uncle Jack was always the most sweetest and thoughtful person through and through and never wavered. He will be terribly missed. To my family Aunt Jill, Justin and Jenny, my heart and love goes to you all. I love you. ”
- Christie Thies
Monday, January 18, 2021 at 10:58 AM
“Sympathy to the entire Eggspuehler family. Don was Jack's trumpet teacher many years ago.
Don and Carol”
- Don and Carol Fejfar
Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 3:43 PM
“Jill, Justin, and sorry to hear of the passing of Jack. You were our neighbors for many years. Jack was a wonderful guy and Ida Grove has missed you. He was always friendly and so helpful at United Bank. He did a lot for our community. Our sincere Blessings to all of you. ”
- Marc and Marsha Kjar
Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 9:40 AM
“I worked with Jack many years ago and his smile and wonderful caring personality were a delight. Stan and I send our sincere sympathy and prayers to Jill and family.”
- Bonnie Kirkholm,
Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 9:40 AM
“God didn't make a more caring and considerate person than Jack. He delighted in mentoring others professionally and was a kind and generous person personally. He will be greatly missed. Prayers for Jill and the entire Eggspuehler family.”
- Rich & Sue Smith
Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 9:40 AM
“I worked with Jack for many years at Ida County State Bank, United Bank of Iowa. I always had much respect and admiration of his intelligence, integrity, high energy, and devotion to his family and to our community. My deepest sympathy goes out to the family. He was a great man and a great role model for many. God Bless.”
- Jean Burns
Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at 9:12 AM
“On behalf of the Weaver Family, we send our thoughts and prayers to you as you mourn the loss and celebrate the life of Jack. Sincerely, Chris and Jessie Weaver”
- Chris and Jessie Weaver
Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at 9:12 AM
“So sorry for your loss. My mother, Iris Witt, who worked with him at the Ida County State Bank thought very highly of him.”
- Marlin (Witt) Kuyper
Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at 9:12 AM
“Sorry for your loss ”
- Linda Martin
Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at 3:14 PM
“To the Eggspuehler family. So sorry to hear of Jack's passing. You have our deepest sympathy.”
- Byron Hartwig
Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at 3:14 PM
“I always looked for Jack when doing business at the bank as he was such a trusting person. He will be missed. What a great guy!”
- Denise Schau
Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at 3:14 PM
“Jack was a great husband, and a loving father. My brother was a true friend to so many people throughout his life. We miss you Bro. ”
- Don Eggspuehler
Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at 3:13 PM
“Jack was a true banker for me for may years, as well as a great promoter for the community. Many of us still enjoy some of the projects he brought about. ”
- Larry Albrecht
Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at 10:26 AM
“Sincere sympathy Jill and your family. Keep the memories alive. Charlotte Tripp”
- Charlotte TRIPP
Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at 10:26 AM
“So very sorry to hear of the passing of another Cadet from the Class of 1966...a good friend he was.”
- Jim Klein
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