Celebrating the life of Jervae Downing
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A Memorial Service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, December 15, 2020, at the United Church of Christ of Oto, Iowa. Pastor Karen Handke will officiate. Committal Services will follow in the Mount Hope Cemetery of Battle Creek, Iowa. A visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday, December 14, 2020, at the Armstrong-Van Houten Funeral Home of Anthon, Iowa.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the governor’s proclamation, masks are mandatory and social distancing guidelines apply during all services. During the visitation we are limited to 15 people in the funeral home at a time. Please plan accordingly.
The Armstrong - Van Houten Funeral Home of Anthon, Iowa, is in charge of the funeral arrangements. Condolences may be sent online www.armstrongfuneral.com.
Jervae was born in Battle Creek, Iowa, on May 8, 1943, to Carleton and Blanche (Lochner) Van Houten. She grew up on a farm located between Battle Creek and Cushing, Iowa; where she received her education and graduated from Cushing High School. After high school she enrolled into beauty school where she got her Cosmetology degree. As an adult she tried her hand in a variety of different careers embracing each one with dedication and spirit. Throughout Jervae’s life she found joy in riding horses, crocheting, singing, being with her sisters, and listening to her brothers Gaylen and Merlin sing and play in a band.
She was a devoted mother, grandmother, and friend, who treasured spending time with family. Jervae has spent the past 30 plus years with her best friend and companion Butch. They made endless memories enjoying gardening, fishing, camping and an occasional trip or two to the casino.
Jervae loved watching her grandkids and her great grandkids play sports, collecting Budweiser mugs, chocolate, Pepsi and her dog Homer. Her special love was her Cubs baseball team! One year her girls surprised her and took her to Chicago to watch them play ball. She was beyond elated!
Every year Jervae, her daughters, and granddaughters had a baking day where she taught them how to make homemade noodles and countless candies and cookies! Her specialty was homemade chicken and noodles and no bake cookies.
Left to treasure her memory are her daughters: Dawn (Rich) Hysell of Sioux City, IA, Dana (Tim Kollbaum) Wendt of Turin, IA, Dena (Jon Kelsheimer) Deeds of Anthon, IA, Denise (Justin) Nelson of Brandenburg, KY; 11 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren; brothers: Gaylen (Marilyn) Van Houten, Merlin Van Houten, and Lorton “Denny” (Linda) Van Houten; Chosen life partner Butch Handke and his sons Marvin (Gina) Handke, Paul (Kim) Handke and Craig (Lori) Handke; extended family and friends.
Jervae was preceded in death by her parents, sisters: Anita Van Houten, Lila Volkmann, and Lynelle Van Houten; brother Vernon Van Houten, great grandson Angel Wiskus and honorary family member Kyle Heck.
402 East Brady Street
Anthon, IA 51004
201 State Street
Oto, IA 51044