John S. Huldeen, 75, of Odebolt, died of congestive heart failure on Thursday, October, 11, at St. Mary's Hospital, Rochester, Minn.
Funeral services were held Monday, October 15 at the First Presbyterian Church in Odebolt.
Mr. Huldeen was born August 29, 1926 in Odebolt, to Alvin and Florence (Brynteson) Huldeen. He was baptized at the Evangelical Lutheran Church, Odebolt.
As a graduate of the Odebolt High School, Huldeen also attended Iowa State University Winter Quarter Programs.
On December 12, 1948, John married Lucy Wayne in Odebolt. They lived near Odebolt where they farmed during his lifetime, with the exception of farming three years near Marcus. He was formerly a Real Estate Broker with the Patton Agency in Storm Lake, and an Archer Petroleum County Manager.
He was a member of First Presbyterian Church, serving on various church offices and committees; Sac County Farm Bureau, Iowa Corn Growers; Iowa Soybean Association; Rural Iowa Soybean Association; Iowans for Tax Relief; former Vice President of the Storm Lake Realtors; former Prospect Hill Presbytery Communication Chair and former President of the Storm Lake Lions.
Other activities included Boys State Superintendent of Public Instruction; local and state FFA Offices; FFA American Farmer Degree; local and county 4-H offices; many offices, including President of the Sac County Farm Bureau; President of the Sac County Board of Education; Sac County Conference Board; Sac County Planning and Zoning Commission; Sac County Magistrate Appointing Commission; Odebolt-Arthur and Sac County Fair Boards; Director and Vice President of Sac County Pork Producers.
As an active Republican, John served as Sac County Republican Chair; 5th District Member of the State Central Committee and Budget Sub-Committee Chair of the Republican Party of Iowa; and at-large delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1988. He also served on many political campaigns and as a staff person for Lightfoot for Governor and Alexander for President.
John Huldeen enjoyed music, having played trombone in High School and singing throughout his life. He especially delighted in music made by his children and grandchildren. Hobbies included Republican Politics, travel and lawn and garden.
Survivors include his wife, Lucy of Odebolt; his children, Barb Votrobeck and husband, Rick of Arthur; Brent Huldeen and wife, Beverly, of Sioux City; and Gwen Ecklund and husband; Arlan, of Denison; six granchildren, Sarah Strauss and husband, Sean, of Indianapolis, Ind.; Nick Votrobeck of Bloomington, Minn.; Phil Huldeen of Indianapolis, Ind.; Collin Votrobeck of Arthur; Elizabeth Ecklund of Denison; and Ruth Huldeen of Sioux City; a sister, Carolyn Dill and husband, Duane of St. Louis, Mo.; a brother, Jerry Huldeen and wife, Mabel of Sioux City; and seven neices and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a step-mother, Gladys Louden Huldeen, and son, J. Bruce Huldeen.
Music included congregational singing, "A Mighty Fortress is Our God", the grandchildren, accompanied by Kala Zanoni, singing "My God and I", and organist Carol Raasch.
Casket bearers were his nephews and nieces; Kirk Huldeen, Amy Dull Filipezak, Kala Huldeen Zanoni, Jay Huldeen, Duane Dull, Jr., Jeff Dull and Eric Dull.
Honorary bearers were Richie Davis, Loren Hechtner, Darold Jacobson, Clarence Etler, Wally Carstensen, Bob Thayer, Don Einspahr, Clayton Larson, and Congressman Tom Latham.
Interment was in the Odebolt Cemetery. Farber & Otteman Funeral Home handled all funeral arrangements.
Memorials may be made in John's name to the First Presbyterian Church Landscaping Project.