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780 12th St. SW
P.O. Box 822
Le Mars, IA 51031
Phone: 712-546-4903
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Norman Utesch

Norman Utesch (Frank)

Thursday, September 29th, 1927 - Tuesday, March 10th, 2020
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Le Mars, Iowa – Norman F. Utesch, 92, of Le Mars, Iowa passed away on Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at Happy Siesta Care Center in Remsen, Iowa. Funeral Services will take place at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, March 13, 2020 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Le Mars. Rev. Chris Meier will officiate. Burial will follow at Memorial Cemetery, Le Mars. Visitation with the family present will be one hour prior to the service on Friday at the church.

Norman Frank Utesch was born on September 27, 1927 in Le Mars, Iowa, the son of Frank August and Ella (Wetrosky) Utesch. He attended country school near his home by Merrill, Iowa. Following his education, Norm assisted his family with farming. He enlisted and served in the Iowa Army National Guard, Co. K in Le Mars.

On May 6, 1949, Norm and Ellen Raak were united in marriage at St. John’s American Lutheran Church in Le Mars. They made their first home on a farm near Merrill. Norm and Ellen would later move to a farm north of Le Mars. Along with farming, Norm worked as a custodian at the Elks Lodge and Primebank in Le Mars. Upon retirement, Norm and Ellen moved into Le Mars.

Norm was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Le Mars. He enjoyed flower gardening, especially raising roses. He and Ellen also liked to travel and play cards.

He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 70 years, Ellen Utesch of Le Mars, IA; a son, and his wife, Larry and Rosemary Utesch of Riverside, CA; a daughter and her husband, Bonnie and Tim Rasmussen of Coolidge, AZ; a son and his wife, Randy and Kim Utesch of Pine River, MN; a grandson, and his wife, Eric and Clare Utesch of Chandler, AZ; a great-granddaughter, Catrina Utesch of Chandler, AZ; and a niece and her husband, Cheryl and Greg Myhr of Maple Grove, MN.

Norman was preceded in death by his parents; a grandson, Kyle in 2004; and a brother, Kenneth Utesch and his wives, Ester and Madeline.

Memorials may be directed to Hospice of Siouxland and the Alzheimer’s Association.
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  • Visitation

    Friday, March 13th, 2020 | 9:30am - 10:30am
    Friday, March 13th, 2020 9:30am - 10:30am
    St. John's Lutheran Church
    201 1st Ave NW
    LE MARS, IA 51031
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  • Service

    Friday, March 13th, 2020 | 10:30am
    Friday, March 13th, 2020 10:30am
    St. John's Lutheran Church
    201 1st Ave NW
    LE MARS, IA 51031
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    Rev. Chris Meier
  • Interment

    Memorial Cemetery
    1000 3rd Street SE
    LE MARS, IA 51031
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  • Reception

    Mauer Johnson Funeral Home
    780 12th Street SW
    LE MARS, IA 51031
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Arlene & Glenda Wiener

Posted at 11:39pm
Ellen,Bonnie,Randy,and Larry. Our prayers are with you during this sorrowful time. We wanted to attend the funeral but we had other obligations. Just remember all the good times you had as a family and we will remember you in our prayers. Arlene and Glenda Wiener


Posted at 10:01am
Bonnie and family
So sorry to read of your father’s passing. I hope you and your family have lots of joyful memories of your parents to help fill the void.

Barbara (Scholer) Birmingham, LHS class of ‘70.

Verla Van Sloten

Posted at 12:08pm
to Bonnie and her family:
Our deepest sympathies on the homegoing of your Dad. We met at the Happy Siesta where our Mom, Ann, was also briefly a resident in late 2017. With special memories of that Christmas, we leave you with these hymn lyrics:
Good Christian friends, rejoice with heart and soul and voice;
now ye hear of endless bliss: Jesus Christ was born for this!
He has opened heaven's door, and we are blest forevermore.
Christ was born for this! Christ was born for this!
Good Christian friends, rejoice with heart and soul and voice;
now ye need not fear the grave: Jesus Christ was born to save!
Calls you one and calls you all to gain his everlasting hall.
Christ was born to save! Christ was born to save!
With resurrection hope, we pray you will endure this temporary separation from your Dad with His promise to never leave or forsake you. Until we meet again.
Your eternal friends in Christ, Don/Verla Van Sloten

Al Ahrendsen

Posted at 02:25pm

Virgil Schiefen

Posted at 01:01pm
Ellen, Bonnie and family,
Sorry to here about Norm. He was a great guy! Bless all of you.
Virgil & Linda Schiefen

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