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Jerald "Jerry" Twetten

September 12, 1930 - November 28, 2020
From: Naples, FL | Originally: Spencer, IA
Jerald "Jerry" Twetten

Jerald "Jerry" Twetten

Born: September 12, 1930
Died: November 28, 2020
Age: 90

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Jerald Edgar "Jerry" Twetten, 90, died peacefully Saturday, November 28, 2020, surrounded by his beloved spouse and three children, after a brief, vigorous battle with leukemia. 


Jerry was the second of three sons born to Walter Edgar and Laurene Driggs Twetten in Spencer, Iowa, September 12, 1930. Jerry inherited a Norwegian’s love for furniture from his parents, while being blessed with a remarkable talent for appreciating beauty. This talent shaped the two loves of his life: for his wife Sandyann Story, whom he met at Iowa State, and for his life’s work as an interior designer. In college Jerry started out in architecture, but his professors developed a curriculum for him that turned into the Interior Design Program at Iowa State. Later at Twetten’s Interiors, Jerry would annually train aspiring designers from this program as interns at Twetten’s. Perhaps the key to Jerry’s career was his own internship with Richard Plummer Interior Design in Miami after his return from serving as a lieutenant in Korea. This internship allowed him later to transform a family furniture store into one of the leading design centers in the midwest. Jerry transformed the family furniture store into Twetten’s Interiors, one of the leading design centers in the Midwest. Jerry's legacy was to help families from Iowa, South Dakota, Minnesota, Nebraska and Missouri create beautiful living or work spaces, interior and exterior. Ten years ago Jerry and Sandy were able to pass on the family business, now extended to Sioux Falls and the Iowa Great Lakes area, into the capable hands of their own employees. From Naples, Jerry continued to mentor his designers, as well to help customers new and old in Florida. Jerry’s customers always became his lifelong friends and they could continue to count on him for a drapery fabric or a paint color. 


In retirement, Jerry focused on his first love, Sandy, his beloved wife of sixty five years, as well as his children David (and Cindy), Jane (and Joe) Schwarz, and Walter (and Susie), his fifteen grandchildren, Mary (and Mark) Basola, Catherine (and Mike) Dybicz, Thomas (and Kathleen) Twetten, Sarah (and Alessandro) Martini, Mark and Matthew Sievert, Mary Katherine (and Brian) Bland, Elie, Walter, Maggie, Sandra, Charlotte, Peter, Nick and Will Twetten, not to mention his fifteen great-grandchildren, all of whom he loved to host in Naples. Jerry is also survived by his younger brother and good friend Thomas (and Kay) Twetten.

Jerry's new life with the Lord will be celebrated at church privately by the family, to be followed by a public celebration next summer.

Family requests memorials to Young Life.


Monday, January 11, 2021 at 6:23 PM
“Requiescat in bona Pace!

Dear David, my sincere condolences.”
- Henryk Anzulewicz
Monday, December 14, 2020 at 7:40 AM
“Sandy and family, I just now learned of Jerry's passing. So sorry he is no longer with you, however you received the blessings of a long life with him.
- Judy Hart
Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 3:13 PM
“I am so sorry. Jerry was part of the Spencer class of 1948 & so was I. There are so few of us left anymore. My condolences to all the family. May God be with you in this very difficult earthly time.”
- Dolores Hatfield(Gruchow)
Monday, December 7, 2020 at 8:27 AM
“Blessings for Peace and Comfort to Sandy and all of Jerry’s Family ~”
- Molly Mulqueen
Sunday, December 6, 2020 at 4:39 PM
“I was saddened to learn of Jerry’s passing and send my deepest condolences to the entire family. I always remember what a treat it was to visit the store with my mom. Jerry was always so welcoming and such a gentleman, and I marveled at the beautiful interiors Jerry and his staff created. Spencer was fortunate to have such an icon of a business grace downtown. I also went to Spencer Schools with David for many years, graduating with him in 1975. He and the entire family will be in my thoughts and prayers during this time.

- Pat Mallory Robidoux
Sunday, December 6, 2020 at 12:11 PM
“Requiescat in pace. My condolences to the Twetten family for their loss.

In the hope of the Resurrection,”
- Evan Williams
Sunday, December 6, 2020 at 12:11 PM
“Sorry for your loss, Dr. Twetten. I will offer a rosary and communion for your father and your family. God bless.”
- Rory O'Donnell
Saturday, December 5, 2020 at 4:35 PM
“My deepest condolences to you and your family, Dr. Twetten. We will be keeping you all in prayer.”
- Brett Yardley
Friday, December 4, 2020 at 12:55 PM
“My deepest sympathy for your loss. My parents ( Lyle and Eileen ) were friends and Jerry was the wonderful decorator of their home.”
- Sue Frink Metcalf
Friday, December 4, 2020 at 11:29 AM
“My deepest sympathies to all of you!
He was one beautiful soul !
He will be missed ! ”
- Rhonda Olson
Friday, December 4, 2020 at 9:35 AM
“I am so sorry the hear about Jerrys passing. My condolences to the entire Twetten family. I worked for Jerry for 36 years and learned to appreciate the beauty in home furnishings. Although his mother and father were my mentors Jerry helped me see how textures and patterns are put together. Jerrys sense of color was unbelievable. He is probably decorating heaven with Smokey Beige and Twetten Blue. Rest in peace my friend. ”
- Jim Hanthorne
Friday, December 4, 2020 at 8:33 AM
“I am very sorry for your loss. Jerry had a great influence on my life. I have always appreciated my eight years working for him. I will try to make the celebration of life in. I am in the process of planning a celebration of life to be held for Sue in the summer also. ”
- Tom Vinson
Thursday, December 3, 2020 at 10:53 AM
“To the Twetten family I extend to you my sympathy and prayers for the loss of your beloved Jerry.
When I think of style of think of Jerry and Sandy.
Mari Lu Larson
SHS Class of 1975”
- Mari Lu Larson
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