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Stanley Duane Jespersen

December 7, 1924 - June 26, 2020
From: Spencer, IA | Originally: Royal, IA
Stanley Duane  Jespersen

Stanley Duane Jespersen

Born: December 7, 1924
Died: June 26, 2020
Age: 95

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DeAnn Tjossem
6350 440th St.
Sutherland, Iowa 51058

     Stanley Duane Jespersen, son of Martin and Margaret (Hansen) Jespersen, was born December 7, 1924, at the home of his maternal grandparents in Spencer, Iowa. He was baptized in the Danish Lutheran Church and was raised on his parents farm southeast of Royal. He attended country school and graduated from Royal High School in 1942. 

     Stanley joined the Marine Corps in March 1944 and served until March 1946 with the 6th Marine Division in the battle for Okinawa and taking the surrender of Japanese troops in China. After the war, he returned to farming with his parents. On a visit to the Farm Bureau office in Spencer, he met LaVone Morrow. They were married February 22, 1948, at Bethlehem Lutheran. They began farming and raising a family on a farm south of Royal, then moved in 1957 to the farm they bought northeast of Royal. 

     Stanley built a successful farming operation with his hard work and good management. He always had time for family, though, and with LaVone, raised three children, with generous amounts of love, optimism, hope, and faith. The church was an important part of family life. He served on the church council, as Sunday School Superintendent, and it allowed Stanley the joy of using his musical talent, singing in the church choir and singing solos at many weddings, wedding anniversaries, and funerals.

     Civic engagement included Democratic State Convention delegate, Clay County Extension Council, Lincoln Township trustee, poll worker with LaVone on election days, St. Luke board, VFW, America Legion, and Spencer Rotary Club and YMCA volunteer. He helped others in so many ways, including taking St. Luke residents for drives and taking people to Omaha or Des Moines for medical care or to be with family.  Not to be forgotten is his smile, his playfulness, and the fun he had with others when the kidding began.

     Stanley passed away on June 26, 2020 at the age of 95, preceded in death by LaVone, son Dennis, and grandson, Martin.

     Celebrating his life with gratitude are children, David Jespersen (Leila McCoy), De Ann (Vernon) Tjossem; grandchildren Alexei McCoy-Jespersen, Jessica (Peter) Kemp, Brian (Heidi) Tjossem and, Cody Tjossem; great-grandchildren William, Mary, and Sawyer, and many relatives and friends.

     He will be dearly missed by his family and friends.

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PRIVATE FAMILY FUNERAL SERVICES will be held 10:30 A.M., Friday, July 3rd, 2020 at the Warner Chapel in Spencer.
Although the services will be private, they will be livestreamed on the Warner Funeral Home Facebook Page.

The livestream will be put permanently on the Warner Funeral Home Website after the services.
Pastor Mark Wilms

Martin McCoy-Jespersen
Alexei McCoy-Jespersen
Brian Tjossem
Cody Tjossem
Peter Kemp
There will be no public visitation.
"Borning Cry"
By Marcia Steffen

"Stan's Recordings"
North Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery
Spencer, Iowa

Military services will be conducted by American Legion Goodwin Post #248 - Royal, Iowa
American Legion Glen Pedersen Post #1 - Spencer, Iowa
V.F.W. Clay County Post #3159 - Spencer, Iowa


Tuesday, July 14, 2020 at 11:07 AM
“We are so sorry for your loss. Stanley was a nice man.”
- Jorgensen Hearing Center
Tuesday, July 7, 2020 at 7:13 PM
“I just saw where your father passed away & I wanted to send my thoughts to you. I don't get much news from Royal so sometimes slow at finding out things. You were blessed to have such an amazing family and strong father figure. What I remember about your Dad, is his smile. When he would be talking to my dad, Sheridan, he always seemed in good spirits. I know as a farmer, that wasn't always the case but we know that God has a special place for farmers and Stan has joined that group of great men and women. Take care of yourselves. ”
- Susan Blaue Brenden
Sunday, July 5, 2020 at 11:57 AM
“So sorry to hear of the loss of Stanley. He was a favorite client of mine over the years. I was a veterinarian from Royal and often visited....sometimes to just chat for a bit. A man of high integrity and a great role model for slightly younger men on how to treat people and also for his faith in God the Father. May the Most High God wrap His arms around you all during you time of loss. In Christ Jesus' Name. Amen”
- William and Holli Safley
Saturday, July 4, 2020 at 11:12 AM
“So sorry to read of your loss. You all have my deepest sympathy.”
- Jeff and Teresa Amis
Friday, July 3, 2020 at 1:37 PM
“De Ann and David, I am thinking of you both today and have been since I got the news about Stan's passing. He was loved so much by my Mom. She bragged about his singing voice quite often. "May flights of angels sing him to his rest." ”
- Martha Barnard
Friday, July 3, 2020 at 10:29 AM
“So sorry to read of your loss. You all have my deepest sympathy.”
- Shirley Fernstrum
Thursday, July 2, 2020 at 11:04 AM
“To Stanleys family.,,I know everyone who knew Stanley will feel a huge whole in their heart that was left by Stanley's passing. The world will be feeling the lose of his spirit for one of the truly "good" ones . He brought joy to me and my family.. He made farm life in Iowa a great experience always sharing his time .”
- Norrine
Thursday, July 2, 2020 at 7:48 AM
“I can’t tell you how much the friendship I had with Stanley meant to me! He started attending my water class at the YMCA many years ago. Not only was he one of the kindest most optimistic people I have ever met! He was also hilarious to say the least. He made a difference in my life and to many others also, I will miss him dearly. ”
- Megan Whitaker
Wednesday, July 1, 2020 at 2:48 PM
“So sorry to here of Stan's passing. I have many fond memories of times during family reunions when we got to go to the farm. He had an easy smile and quick laugh”
- Donna Williams (Jespersen)
Wednesday, July 1, 2020 at 7:55 AM
“Stan was a great fun person. Have such fun memories of him at the Y. He dunked me often in the warm water pool and I returned the favor. Rest in peace Stan and prayers for the family.”
- Mark and Sharon Cameron
Tuesday, June 30, 2020 at 6:51 PM
“Please remember in your sorrow, You have many close friends who care, You are someone very special, And your are thought about in prayer. In sympathy and friendship, May our God who has given us consolation and good hope through grace, comfort your heart”
- Linda (Schuknecht) Brooks
Tuesday, June 30, 2020 at 5:16 PM
“Deann and David and Family:
We are sorry to hear of Stan's death. He was most certainly a fixture of my childhood growing up in the Bethlehem Lutheran Church. He and Lavonne were both testaments to living a life of faith....and they spread that always in how they lived, treated others, and faced adversity. My dad, Russ Christensen, told fun stories of growing up with Stan and some of the pranks they would play. Stan's smile was so true and authentic. He will be greatly missed, but leaves a wonderful legacy in you, his family. May God Bless you with comfort and support in this difficult time, may you be held up with wonderful memories and your own love of Stan's God! ”
- Jane and David Kruse
Tuesday, June 30, 2020 at 5:16 PM
“Sorry to hear of Stan's passing. We had many fun times with he and LaVone at the Y. Rest in peace.”
- Joan Wimmer
Tuesday, June 30, 2020 at 8:02 AM
“Family of Stanley, I’m so sorry for your loss. I walked beans for Stan in my younger years and it was the only time I enjoyed walking beans. This is the time he taught me the song “Doe eat oats and lambs eat oats and little lambs eat Ivy, kids will eat ivy too wouldn’t you. I have sung this song to my kids and now my grandkids. I will keep this song close to my heart and remember Stan singing it to me. God’s peace be with you.”
- Tami HELMKAMP Diekmann
Monday, June 29, 2020 at 9:44 AM
“Please be aware he leaves a big foot print. Prayers to his family.”
- Myra Coover
Sunday, June 28, 2020 at 7:06 PM
“Stan's wonderful smile and laugh brightened everyone's day. Also remember that beautiful singing voice he had. May he rest in Peace and God Bless.”
- Alan Bailey
Sunday, June 28, 2020 at 7:06 PM
“Stan was one of a kind. A true gem of a man with a heart of gold. For years we were friends through the YMCA. His volunteer spirit and positive attitude was contagious. The community has lost a very special and “one of a kind” gentleman. God bless you Stan the man. ”
- Becky LaBarre
Sunday, June 28, 2020 at 7:06 PM
“God bless the Jesperson family. So sorry to hear of Stan's passing. We had many fun times at the YMCA.
Margaret and Mel”
- Margaret and Mel Molitor
Saturday, June 27, 2020 at 12:18 PM
“DeAnn, David and family, your dad was a very blessed man as he lived a wonderful long life. His presence was needed in our world. I remember the time I drove that Willy Jeep all over the farm and got stuck and burrowed a pretty deep hole (just a dumb kid I was) and your dad, hearing me, came out of the barn and pushed a bar on the floor of the old Jeep back into 4 wheel drive and off I went again! I remember him fondly. He, of course stood up for my dad, Virgil when my mother Phyllis and he got married and they were life long friends. I think they even went into the service together. Anyway, Its so hard to lose those you love.....
May the Lord shine his light upon you and your families in this time of sorrow. My deepest sympathies......”
- Molly Mortensen Oakes
Saturday, June 27, 2020 at 12:17 PM
“Stan was also a big part of the YMCA in Spencer many years ago. He and my husband had so much fun working the nutty bar stands at the fair. My condolences to his family”
- Betty Groen
Saturday, June 27, 2020 at 12:17 PM
“Stan was one of the sweetest men I've ever known. His smile was infectious and his eyes had a little glint of mischief that I loved. My sincere condolences to his family. We were all lucky to have him in our lives.”
- Shirley Selzer
Saturday, June 27, 2020 at 10:57 AM
“Stan was a lovely man and the world is a poorer place for his passing. My condolences.”
- Lisa Kaiser
Saturday, June 27, 2020 at 8:13 AM
“David & DeAnn and family, I extend my sympathy to you all in your loss. May those moments that shone so brightly be the memories that quietly comfort you now and in the days ahead. ”
- Barb Garnatz
Friday, June 26, 2020 at 6:31 PM
“David and DeAnn and family, you are all in our thoughts and prayers. Royal lost a real treasure in the passing of your dad. Condolences, Cindy and Kent Langenfeld”
- Cindy Langenfeld
Friday, June 26, 2020 at 4:10 PM
“David and DeAnn you are in our thoughts and prayers, your dad was a wonderful man.”
- Cindy Langenfeld
Friday, June 26, 2020 at 1:41 PM
“My condolences to the family. Stan is an important piece of Royal's history. ”
- Lois Brugman Mace
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