Herman “Jerry” Coellner, age 75, of Glidden and formerly of Scranton passed away on June 30 Shady Oaks Nursing Home in Lake City after a courageous battle with Diffuse Lewy Body Dementia.
Born on Nobember 7, 1938 at Des Moines, he was the son of Herman and Mary (Conroy) Coellner. Jerry lived in Des Moines until age five when his family moved to Farlin. He graduated from Jefferson High School in 1957. He was married to Erla Stevens on November 26, 1960 at St. Joseph’s Parish in Jefferson. The couple made their home in Scranton. Jerry owned and operated Jerry’s Standard Gas Station in Scranton, he operated milk route for the Manning Creamery, he worked for Sesker Milling, and he worked for Pound Construction and other various jobs over the years. He was a member of the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Jefferson. Jerry was a hard worker and a cowboy at heart. In his younger years he had a herd of cattle and was involved in FFA and 4-H. He enjoyed working on cars, he served on the Scranton volunteer fire department for many years, and he enjoyed attending his grandchildren’s school activities. Jerry and Erla made their home in Scranton for over fifty years before moving to Glidden in 2012.
Jerry is survived by his wife Erla of Glidden; a son Jerome “Mick” and his wife Janet of Hubbard, Iowa; a daughter Kimberly Linde and her husband Bob of Glidden; eight grandchildren: Kara Winker and her husband Mark of Glidden, Kyle Linde and his wife Melissa of Elkins, Arkansas, Tom Eilbeck and his wife Brandy of Hubbard, Karla Coellner and her husband John Bergthold of North Platte, Nebraska, Joe Eilbeck and his wife Ashley of State Center, Iowa, Jenna Wanninger and her husband Luke of Minburn, Sarah Eilbeck of Hubbard and Natalie Coellner of North Platte, Nebraska; six great grandchildren: Logan, London, Ava, Wrigley, Reed, and Ellie; three sisters: Marilyn Leiss of Jefferson, Sharon Johnson of Jefferson, and Kay Hayes of Centerville; a brother-in-law Earl Stevens of Boone; and several nieces and nephews. Jerry was preceded in death by his parents Mary and Herman Coellner, his mother and father-in-law: Beulah and Vernon Stevens, and many other relatives and good friends.
Funeral services where at 10:30 a.m. on July 7 at the Dahn and Woodhouse Funeral Home in Glidden with Pastor Bob McKnight of the Scranton Church of Christ officiating. Friends may call at the Dahn and Woodhouse Funeral Home in Glidden after 5:00 p.m. on July 6 where there was a prayer service held at 7:00 p.m. Casket bearers will be Jerry’s grandsons: Mark Winker, Kyle Linde, Tom Eilbeck, Joe Eilbeck, Luke Wanninger, John Bergthold, and his nephew Steve Custer. Burial will be in the Scranton Township Cemetery. In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established in Jerry’s name and memorials may be left at the funeral home or the church. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Dahn and Woodhouse Funeral Home in Glidden and online condolences may be left for the family at www.dahnandwoodhouse.com.