In Memory of Gary Lee Jepsen

Gary  Lee Jepsen
Gary Lee Jepsen
Born: January 20, 1948
Died: December 8, 2022
Age: 74
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Gary Lee Jepsen
January 20, 1948 - December 8, 2022

Gary Lee Jepsen, age 74, of Battle Creek, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, December 8, 2022, at the UnityPoint Health-St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center in Sioux City, Iowa.

A Funeral Service will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Wednesday, December 14, 2022, at the Christensen-Van Houten Funeral Home of Ida Grove, Iowa. Rev. Luann Benge will officiate. Committal Services with Military Rites will follow in the St. Paul Lutheran-Midway Cemetery of rural Battle Creek, Iowa.

A Visitation will be held one-hour prior to the service from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., on Wednesday, December 14, 2022, at the Christensen-Van Houten Funeral Home of Ida Grove, Iowa.

The Christensen-Van Houten Funeral Homes of Battle Creek and Ida Grove, Iowa, are in charge of the funeral arrangements. Condolences may be sent online at

Gary Lee Jepsen, the son of Julius C. and Doris A. (Schable) Jepsen, was born on January 20, 1948, in Battle Creek, Iowa. He grew up on a farm near Correctionville, Iowa and received his education from Correctionville High School graduating with the class of 1966.

After high school, Gary was drafted into the U.S. Army and served his country in Vietnam. Upon his honorable discharge, he returned to the Correctionville area and worked as a livestock farmer. He was blessed with six children: Sean, Juwillis, Tish, Taneal, Tegan, and Mick.

Gary enjoyed his weekly trips to the Denison and Dunlap sale barns to “shoot the shit” with his friends and sale barn family. You might find him going for drives around the countryside or supervising from atop a hill in his payloader with a cold one in his hand. He was a simple, straightforward, and hardworking man who will be missed by those who knew and loved him.

Left to cherish his memory include his children: Sean (Tamie)Blackmore of Battle Creek , IA,  Juwillis (Wendy) Jepsen of Danbury, IA, Tish (Corey) Evans of Cushing, IA, Taneal (Andrew) Pickles of Denver, CO, Tegan Jepsen (Matt Brewer) of Baldwin City, KS, Mick (Michaela) Jepsen of Ames, IA; grandchildren: Alizane, Kylie, Megan, Embrosia, Kymber, Quinn, Kendall, Kylian, Amanda (Josh) Lindstrom, Casey (Rachel Elaine), Remington, Colt, Ruger and Magnum; great-grandchildren: Jaren, Carson, and Rhett; sister Sharon (Eldon) Albers of Battle Creek, IA; sister-in-law Lorraine Jepsen of Correctionville, IA; brother-in-law Paul Hansen of Ricketts, IA; extended family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents Julius and Doris Jepsen; brother Jack Jepsen; sister LaDonna Hansen; and twin grandsons Smith & Wesson Blackmore.


10:30 a.m., Wednesday
December 14, 2022
Christensen-Van Houten 
Funeral Home
Ida Grove, Iowa


Rev. Luann Benge


Brian Rohlk
Randy Nielsen
Denny King
Jim Steuk
Lance Luscombe
Alan Cumming


9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Wednesday, December 14, 2022
Christensen-Van Houten 
Funeral Home
Ida Grove, Iowa


"Swingin" by John Anderson
"Baby's Got Her Blue Jeans On" by Mel McDaniel


St. Paul Lutheran-Midway Cemetery
rural Battle Creek, Iowa.


Monday, December 12, 2022 at 8:24 AM
“I’ve known Gary for 40+ years. At first we were aggressively competing over the same type of cattle in the sale barns. Then one afternoon Gary came and sat beside me and we shook hands and he said let’s be friends there is plenty of cattle to share. From that day forward he had become one of my best friends. I gave him all control to buy all my cattle at the sale barns when I wasn’t there. I trusted him whole heartedly and I don’t think there was nothing he wouldn’t do for me. He truly always had my back. I know without a doubt I’ve lost one of my true friends and he will be greatly missed. Rest in peace Gary. ”
- Brian & Amy Rohlk
Sunday, December 11, 2022 at 5:44 PM
“Gary u will be missed seeing u down at the denison sale barn”
- Lori segebart
Sunday, December 11, 2022 at 5:44 PM
“Such a good friend to me for 50 years of auctioning in the sale barns. We had a lot of good talks about life,living, and of course CATTLE.
Sorry I am out of town this week, but Gary and his family will be in my thoughts.
Randall P.”
- Randall P Pryor
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