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James Oltrogge
November 24, 1931 - February 13, 2019

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. 


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Nancy Latham on May 10, 2019 at 1:01 AM said:

Mary Lee I am so sorry to hear about Jim's passing. I know he is heaven with Jesus. I thought of you two often. What an impact you both made in mine and Thomas lives I never got to see the cross Thomas talked about it all the time. I know Thomas and Jim are up in heaven smiling and laughing with Jesus. If you need anything I'm just a call away.
Mike Flees on February 17, 2019 at 8:55 PM said:

Jim had quite an impact on everyone he met and my wife Jodi and I were no exception. He mentored us in our Christian walk and we will always be deeply grateful for his witness. God bless Marne and family!
kevin kuper on February 15, 2019 at 3:38 PM said:

Sorry to hear Marnylee, may prayer a with you and family in this time, But i know Jim is smiling, knowing he's home, and preparing the house for his family. Jim was a get mentor for me, Jim made such a impact to my live and the Assembly of GOD, Jim will be missed by all, I know i will. Again my condolences, to you and family, GOD bless
Luanne Fouts on February 15, 2019 at 9:26 AM said:

I used to work at A.Y. McDonald when you two built your home years ago. Jim was a pistol with me, but really enjoyed working with the two of you. I've thought of you often, he left an impression on me. So sorry to see the news of his passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. May he rest in peace.
Blessings. Luanne
Mary Anne (Lehs) Knight on February 14, 2019 at 7:25 PM said:

Hello Marnee - I am sorry for the loss of your husband, Jim. I went to high school with you, when your dad ran the music store here. I danced many dances with Jim at the Coliseum dance hall here, when we were all friends. I didn't know where you had moved to, and had often hoped I might still be able to find the two of you. I remember Jim as always being so polite and nice to talk to. I'm sure he will be greatly missed. May he rest in peace..
George Merriam on February 14, 2019 at 1:47 PM said:

At last Jim has seen his Savior face to face, and he has a new body and no more pain. The pain is left for the family and friends. May the Holy Spirit grant you peace during these difficult time. Our prayers are with you.

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