James Oltrogge, 87, of North Liberty passed away on Wednesday February 13, 2019 at The Bird House, a Hospice House in Iowa City. Visitation will be from 4-7 PM on Monday February 18, 2019 at the Geilenfeld Funeral Home in Oelwein. Funeral services will begin at 11:00 AM on Tuesday February 19, 2019 at the funeral home. Interment will be in Floral Hills Memorial Gardens at Hazleton.
James Robert Oltrogge was born November 24, 1931 on the family farm in Westgate, IA to parents Albert and Bertha (Leverenz) Oltrogge. Jim grew up working on the farm until he entered the United States Army in 1952.
On March 7, 1953 he married Marnylee Tobiason. Together they had four children. Jim loved farming, fishing and vacationing with his family. In later years he and Marny continued their love of travel, driving all the way to Alaska and visiting many of North America’s National Parks. Their favorite place was Rocky Mountain National Park. Jim had a tremendous faith in Jesus Christ and enjoyed sharing his beliefs.
Jim is survived by his wife of 65 years, Marnylee of North Liberty; his children: Mark (Marcia) Oltrogge of Calmer, Vicki (Roger) Block of North Liberty and Lisa Heisterkamp of Davenport; ten grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents Albert and Bertha Oltrogge; his brother Raymond Oltrogge and his son Michael Oltrogge.
The family of James Oltrogge would like to extend their gratitude to all of the staff at The Bird House and Iowa City Hospice for their attentiveness and loving care, and request memorials be made in Jim’s name to The Bird House.