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Jeffrey Bottjen


Jeff Bottjen, 50, of Ida Grove, Iowa, passed away Sunday, October 16, 2016 at the Crawford County Memorial Hospital of Denison, Iowa.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, October 21, 2016 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Ida Grove, Iowa. Father Richard D. Ball officiated, with committal services following in the Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery of Ida Grove, Iowa. The Christensen-Van Houten Funeral Home of Ida Grove, Iowa is in charge of the funeral arrangements. Condolences may be sent to

Jeffrey Scott Bottjen was born on February 10 1966 in Le Mars, Iowa to Neal and Mary Bottjen.  He grew up in Kingsley, Iowa and was a proud big brother to Jason and Jackie.

After high school, he attended Iowa State University, where his love of the Cyclones began.

He met his wife, Colleen Sullivan, and they married on July 8, 1988. Jeffrey Bottjen walked a little taller that day.  His greatest pride and joy were his three children: Jake, Courtney, and Cassidy.

For 28 years, he worked tirelessly to “bring home the bacon,” and his co-workers became his second family.

His loves in life were sitting on a porch with friends, quoting movies, adding stamps to his passport, tailgating and cheering on your Iowa State Cyclones.

On October 16, his work here came to an end.  He has gone home to join his grandparents and his father Neal.

Left to cherish every memory that he gave us are his wife, Colleen Bottjen of Ida Grove, IA; his children: Jake Bottjen of Urbandale, IA; Courtney Bottjen of Des Moines, IA; and Cassidy Bottjen of Ames, IA; parents Mary (Gary) Hunwardsen of Kingsley, IA; a brother, Jason (Linda) Bottjen of Garden Grove, IA; a sister, Jackie (Craig) Larsen of Bondurant, IA; and numerous extended family members and friends.

Jeffery was preceded in death by his father, Neal Bottjen; his paternal grandparents, Albert and Arline Bottjen; and his maternal grandparents, Ivan and Ileta Earnest.

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