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George J. Rehder
George J. Rehder, 87, of Hawarden, Iowa, passed away peacefully on Thursday, June 18, 2020 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
Private services will be held on Monday, June 22, 2020 in Hawarden. Public viewing will be on Sunday, June 21, at Porter Funeral Home in Hawarden from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Social distancing guidelines will be observed at the funeral home and at the private service.
FRIENDS ARE INVITED TO MEET AT THE AMERICAN LUTHERAN CHURCH IN HAWARDEN ON MONDAY AT 6:30 P.M. FOR A DRIVE BY BEGINNING AT 7:00 P.M. PAST THE REHDER HOME TO SUPPORT THE FAMILY.
George was born February 12, 1933 in rural Hawarden, the son of Albert and Frieda (Lange) Rehder. He attended school at Garfield #8, followed by Hawarden High School where he played football and ran track, graduating in 1950. He married Mary Peterson on June 6, 1953, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Hawarden.
George served in the U.S. Army in Texas and Georgia from 1954-1956. George was self-employed on the family farm, an occupation that was never work to him; it was his dream. He and Mary raised two daughters, Susan Kay and Peggy Lynn, on that farm.
George was a member of numerous community, political, county and Lutheran Church boards. He was glad to serve on these as well as the Hawarden Hospital and First State (River’s Edge) Bank boards.
After Mary’s passing, George courted, then married Shirley (Vander Feen) Busch on February 4, 2006 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Hawarden.
Both George and Shirley are great sports fans. They have watched sports on TV and attended many West Sioux Falcon home games in all sports seasons. They enjoyed trips all over the country and doted on their many grand and great-grandchildren.
George is survived by his wife, Shirley; his children, Susan (Dean) Blom and Peggy (Bill) Landau; step children, Steve (Julie) Busch, Jerilyn (Doug) Watkins, Mark (Sherri) Busch, Todd (Lynette) Busch; 16 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; siblings, Orville Rehder, Diana (Robert) Oldenkamp, and Rima (Ronnie) Hartman; sister-in-law, Phyllis Rehder; and nephews and nieces.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Merlyn; his first wife, Mary Peterson Rehder; a grandson, Noah Landau; and a sister-in-law, Carol Rehder.
Memorial donations can be directed to the Hawarden Regional Healthcare Hospital Foundation or Hawarden American Lutheran Church.
Sue and Dean, sending my belated sympathies in the loss of your Dad. Cousin Lorraine Sandbulte
Lorraine Sandbulte Jul 18 2020 12:00 AM
Our thoughts and prayers go out to you, Susan, Peggy and all of your families at this very difficult time. Your father was a good man and a strong Christian.
Rodd & Gwen Holtkamp
rodd holtkamp Jun 22 2020 12:00 AM
I was so blessed to have George as my Godfather and Uncle! May God comfort all who miss him!
Michael Reed Jun 22 2020 12:00 AM
Thanks to all of you for the wonderful memorial service this morning. It was great to see some of you again, especially the Rehder boys! You certainly brought back some awesome memories. We Petersons never forget the amazing times on your farms. Next summer well hopefully all be back for a reunion in Hawarden, where no doubt many stories will be told (and new memories made)! God bless you all and may He comfort all of us as we remember George!
Michael Reed Jun 22 2020 12:00 AM
Robert and Suzanne Hansen send their sympathies to George's family. We have great memories with George during our time in Hawarden.
Robert & Suzanne Hansen Jun 20 2020 12:00 AM