In Memory of Howard E. Hustedt

Howard  E.  Hustedt
Howard E. Hustedt
Born: May 30, 1943
Died: November 30, 2022
Age: 79
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Howard E. Hustedt
May 30, 1943 - November 30, 2022
From: Odebolt, IA

Howard E. Hustedt, age 79, of Odebolt, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday, November 30, 2022, at the Horn Memorial Hospital of Ida Grove, Iowa.

A Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Tuesday, December 6, 2022, at the St. Martin Catholic Church of Odebolt, Iowa. Father Richard D. Ball will officiate. Committal Services will follow in the St. Martin Catholic Cemetery of Odebolt, Iowa. A Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., with a Vigil Service held at 7:00 p.m., Monday, December 5, 2022, at the St. Martin Catholic Church of Odebolt, Iowa.

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

Howard E. Hustedt was born May 30, 1943 and attended grade school and high school in the Galva, IA, Community Schools. He enjoyed playing all sports and was awarded over 10 varsity letters while playing for the Blue Devils during his high school career. Howard was recognized for his football talents by being named to the All-State 8-Man Football Team his senior year. His enjoyment of all sports carried well into his adult years.

Howard had singing roles in virtually all of the musical functions offered by Galva High School's music department. Singing was a talent that Howard shared with others into his adult life (especially for weddings and funerals). He also was an accomplished trombone player and played 1st Chair for his high school band.

One of the stars of the Lady Blue Devils basketball team, Marcia Ortner, caught his attention as a 13-year-old freshman and a life-long relationship was formed. On October 26, 1962, Howard married Marcia and they moved to Storm Lake, IA, where he enrolled in Buena Vista College on January 1, 1963. He was given partial athletic scholarships to play football and baseball for the Beavers. 

While in college, Howard farmed 80 acres and helped Marcia raise two children. Marcia worked as a hair stylist to help support the family until Howard's senior year of college when he was awarded a full ride scholarship.

In the Spring of 1966, Howard was assigned to perform his student teaching at Odebolt-Arthur Junior High in Odebolt, IA. He graduated from BVU in the Spring of 1966. During the following summer, he attended Westmar College in LeMars, IA, to earn his Driver's Education degree.

In the Fall of '66, Howard accepted a position at O-A to teach Government and Driver's Ed. He also was given the coaching positions of assistant football, assistant track, head baseball, head girls basketball, and head golf. Bus driving was also included in his O-A duty list. 

At the time Howard took his teaching job, he was also offered a job as a cattle buyer for Wilson Pack. He was also offered a contract to play semi-pro football for the Des Moines Warriors who would have paid him a salary to play and also provided him a job in the Des Moines area. However, it was Howard and Marcia's desire to raise their family near their parents. 

In 1969, Howard resigned from his teaching position and went to work for Richard C. Swanson at the Swanson Insurance Agency on June 1. He agreed to an annual salary of $9,600 (not realizing that the Agency's gross income at the time was only $19,200). In 1972, Richard and Howard incorporated the Agency as Financial Security Services, Inc. and Howard purchased 40% of the stock for $15,000 which he borrowed from his father, Harold "Happy" Hustedt.

During the ensuing years, Howard and Marcia raised their six children and supported each of them in their very active careers in the O-A school system. Howard also enjoyed organizing local fast pitch softball teams which allowed him to continue his very competitive athletic spirit. On the diamond, "Big Stick" was a nickname he earned for his long home run blasts (such as the one he tagged one night in Kiron... stopped only by the power lines as it continued to rise over the center field fence). Marcia and he also were very active in the Spring Lake Golf and Country Club and participated in numerous golf outings over the years. To say that Howard was an avid outdoorsman is an understatement He enjoyed hunting and fishing with anyone but especially his old college buddies, his children, and grandchildren. Fishing trips to Canada were highlights of those years. And, when it came to hunting, Howard could shoot, clean, cook, and devour a pheasant within an hour.

Over the years, Howard became very involved in the St. Martin Catholic Church where he taught CCD classes for many years, sang in the choir, served on the building committee for the new church (1977), and participated or led many other parish activities. His spiritual inspiration also led Howard to consider being a Deacon in the Catholic faith. 

Howard took his turn at leading the Odebolt Chamber of Commerce and was quite active in civic activities. He was heavily involved in the planning and organizing of the Odebolt Centennial Celebration in 1977, one of the most wonderful community celebrations ever experienced by our town. He entertained crowds with the organ grinder (Milt Paul) and the gorilla (Howard) during that celebration. Years later, Howard did his part to entertain the throngs of RAGBRAI cyclists as one of the Whistlers quartet with Jim Wareham, Larry Beckman, and Al Wilke as they peddled through our town. 

Likewise, visitors who enter Odebolt are welcomed by attractive signage that Howard helped make possible through his volunteer work in raising money for each of the four signs that stand at the four city entrances. In 2005, Howard took the lead in raising funding that helped convert the old Beckman garage building into a lavish community center that hosts a multitude of community activities over the course of a year. And, finally, Howard was instrumental in the Green Space project which helped beautify Odebolt's main street area. 

Howard was a successful businessman and entrepreneur.  He was involved in the starting of many different businesses over the years, including branch insurance agencies in surrounding communities.  He also was involved in many start-up companies including Odebolt Land & Cattle, Birch Tree Inc., Piccadilly Circus Pizza Inc., Picc LTD, International Financing, Sac County Trading, Quinto & Company and Big H Outfitters (with his sons). Other noted accomplishments include purchasing a seat on the Chicago Board of Trade, insuring the DeLorean Motor Company and owning a DeLorean car, and selling the Adams Ranch, which was the largest real estate transaction in the state of Iowa at that time.

Howard’s greatest accomplishment and treasure was his family, whom he worked tirelessly to love and support.

Left to cherish his memory include his children Regina (Michael) Pick of Omaha, NE, Bryce Hustedt (Jill Stebic Webb) of Odebolt, IA, Steven (Diane) Hustedt of Ames, IA, Tamara Uhl of Sioux City, IA, Matthew (Jennifer) Hustedt of Omaha, NE and Kyle Hustedt of Chicago, IL; 19 grandchildren: Scott (Martha) Sibbel, Cody (Marissa) Pick, Trey (Nikki) Pick, Marquette (Mitchell) Ryan; Brady Nickel; Halei (Austin) Anthofer, Sydney (Gage) Reis, Tate, Dane, Trent, and Emmy Hustedt; Taylor (Steven) Shaw, Trista Thoreson, Tyson Thoreson; Kennedy, Gabrielle, Garrett Elizabeth, and Mia Hustedt; 12 great-grandchildren: Anthony, Ellie, Peyton, Paisley, Preslee, Rhett, Andi, Aiden, Henry, Julia, Palmer, and Campbell; many nieces, nephews, extended family and a host of friends. 

He was preceded in death by his parents Marion and Harold “Happy” Hustedt; his beautiful bride Marcia Jane Hustedt; and sister Audrey (Glenn) Johnson.


10:00 a.m., Tuesday
December 6, 2022
St. Martin Catholic Church


Father Richard D. Ball


Scott Sibbel
Cody Pick
Trey Pick
Brady Nickel
Christian Miller
Tate Hustedt
Dane Hustedt
Trent Hustedt
Tyson Thoreson
Garrett Hustedt


4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Monday, December 5, 2022
St. Martin Catholic Church
Odebolt, Iowa


"Here I Am Lord"
"Amazing Grace"
"How Great Thou Art"
"The Lord's Prayer" ~ solo
"I Can Only Imagine" by Mercy Me


St. Martin Catholic Cemetery
Odebolt, Iowa


Wednesday, December 7, 2022 at 2:19 PM
“My deepest sympathy to the Hustedt family on your loss. Howard and also Marcia were the greatest people ever and real pillars of the Odebolt Community.”
- Jennifer Shipman (Jennifer Sellman)
Wednesday, December 7, 2022 at 2:19 PM
“Howard’s children and grandchildren are in our thoughts and prayers. They are his greatest legacy.”
- Glenn and Sally Becker
Tuesday, December 6, 2022 at 12:11 PM
“My deepest condolences for the entire Hustedt family. Howard was an amazing man. He raised amazing kids. God blessed Howard and Marcia with you all as their beautiful family. I hope God grants you all peace in knowing Howard was called home by his heavenly father. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. ”
- Dawn Schmidtke Hudson
Monday, December 5, 2022 at 3:10 PM
“Dear Hustedt Family-
Your dad/grandfather was like no other! His enthusiasm, zest for life and love for his family, his town and his friends brought much joy and blessing to everyone fortunate enough to know him. He will be missed by so many! His great big smile and friendly greetings made every place he went a better place. His tireless work to make Odebolt better is seen in so many improvements that would not have happened without his generosity, drive and vision.
You are all his pride and his continuing legacy and we know you will all achieve great things and be a great blessing to your communities too. Our prayers and sympathy are with you all. Sincerely, Zane and Carol Johnson ”
- Zane and Carol Johnson
Monday, December 5, 2022 at 9:17 AM
“Mike and Gina and family, We are so sorry for your loss. Howard has a good place and is up there with Marcia. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families. ❤”
- Tom and Therese Sibbel
Sunday, December 4, 2022 at 9:49 AM
“My sympathy to the Hustedt family for your loss. The family did many things for Carolyn and I during our time in Odebolt. Remembering the hugh snow storm when our first child was born and what they did for us. Taking over for Howard at O-A as coach of the girls basketball team.”
- Eldo Moeller
Sunday, December 4, 2022 at 9:49 AM
“Howard began coaching the varsity girls basketball team when I was a sophomore in high school. He and Marcia brought good things to our school and community! He was a great coach and an amazing human being who left an incredible legacy. Losing your Mom and Dad/Grandfather and Grandmother so close together is so very difficult. Sincere condolences to you all.”
- Ann Hemer Onnen
Friday, December 2, 2022 at 1:16 PM
“Sorry to hear about your Dad. Howie will never be forgotten. Very special friend. He will be missed! My thoughts and prayers are with all you.”
- Barb Gronau
Friday, December 2, 2022 at 10:27 AM
“Sending hugs and prayers to the family! These times are difficult. Howard is at peace! ”
- Jean savage
Friday, December 2, 2022 at 10:27 AM
“Sending prayers and sympathy. ”
- Judy fineran meyer
Friday, December 2, 2022 at 10:27 AM
“Howard began teaching/coaching my senior year. My respect for home grew throughout the years. His sense of community and dedication to its residents was unsurpassed. He was truly a good man, well worth replication. ”
- Esther Streed-Johnson
Friday, December 2, 2022 at 10:27 AM
“Was an inspiration when I was younger
Thanks Howard ”
- Brad Rosemeyer
Friday, December 2, 2022 at 10:27 AM
“Tammy, Tom and I are so sorry to hear about your Dad. We are holding you close in our prayers, but more importantly, the Lord is right by your side. Lean on Him. ”
- Marge Senhen
Friday, December 2, 2022 at 10:27 AM
“I will remember how he always greeted me with a smile, and a comment as if we had known each other for years.
"Howie" will be missed. Prayers for the entire family.”
- Bob Williams
Friday, December 2, 2022 at 10:27 AM
“Steve, Diane and Family,
We are sorry for your loss. Please accept our sincere condolences.
- Rod & Mary Jo Koth
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