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George Russell Koenig

January 2, 1929 - December 25, 2020
From: Ayrshire, IA
George Russell Koenig

George Russell Koenig

Born: January 2, 1929
Died: December 25, 2020
Age: 91

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     George Russell Koenig, 91 years old was born January 2, 1929 in Blair, Nebraska.

     George spent his childhood years growing up in Blair, NE. In 1943, when George was 14, his parents William P. & Ingery Koenig moved their family to Northwest Iowa to start a new farm. George attended school in Gillet Grove, IA while helping the family establish the farming business.  On June 4, 1950 George married Lois Darlene Davis and they settled on the family farm east of Gillett Grove.   

     Over the next 7 decades, George remained on the farm where he started a family, farmed the land, and raised livestock. During that time four children were born: Terry Jo, William Gerald, Dale Russell and George Roy. George’s love and passion for farming was known by many. He was well respected within the farming community, helping many hone their own craft in nurturing the land. In addition to farming, George enjoyed playing cards with family & friends, going pheasant hunting and visiting with those who stopped by the farm. Later in life, George’s favorite farm visits were the ones from his grandchildren & great grandchildren.  He enjoyed catching up and listening to where life took them while watching the great grandchildren play. George would always laugh and smile at their zest for life. 

     George passed away December 25, 2020 at Spencer Municipal Hospital in Spencer, Iowa. Left to cherish his memory are his loving children; his daughter, Terry (Robert Janssen) of St George, UT; his sons, Bill (Karleen) Koenig of Ayrshire, IA, Dale Koenig of Spencer, IA, Roy (Kristi) Koenig of Phoenix, AZ; 11 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren. George had a lasting impact on many peoples’ lives and will certainly be missed. The memories he created will last forever in their hearts.

A Celebration Of Life Service will be held at a later date.


Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at 5:04 PM
“so sorry to hear of George passing .Have many good memories of him”
- dennis weisbrod
Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 8:24 PM
“A special person has left us and he will be sorely missed. I met George the first time in 2001 at the Long Creek School Picnic when he purchased the autobiography my father wrote. George had known my parents well. He grew up with my uncles, mother's brothers. They lived on adjacent farms in rural Washington County. They remained close friends all their lives. He reminded me so much of my fun loving uncles. He lived two lives: his connection to his Blair friends and family and his Iowa life with many friends and his large family. He returned often to Nebraska and Blair to see old friends, to attend the Long Creek School Picnics and reunions of the Jensen-Jespersen family, his mother's family. He was a wonderful story teller, a jovial conversationalist, a man of integrity and interested in others. George lived a long, productive life and left his mark on many. I will miss him as will so many others. With deep sadness I say Farewell dear friend. ”
- Jean Jaspersen-Naegele
Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 2:21 PM
“Billy, Terri, Roy and Dale. So sorry to hear about George, always remember the fun times at their house. Playing cards and Darlene cooking. Last time I saw him was when he with Marty (??) and wanted to know where my Mom was when she was still alive. Billy and him were talking and they were delighted to see Bruce! What a fun reunion. So blessed to have your Dad for so long! Hope to see you soon, God's blessing to you all.”
- Gayle Marie Smith Barnett (Evelyn's twin daughter)
Monday, January 4, 2021 at 3:45 PM
“Doug and I are so sorry for your loss. He was always fun to be around and chat with. He used to stop by the lake and say Hi! now and then. I know he is going to be missed by many . He is what we would call a real Man! God Bless all of you. ”
- Doug and Judy Peterson
Saturday, January 2, 2021 at 8:17 AM
“I was so sorry to hear of Uncle George’s passing. I recall lots of cards And laughter when ever I visited. It is a loss for so many. My thought are with all.”
- Mary Koenig Goyette
Saturday, January 2, 2021 at 8:17 AM
“I am so sorry to hear of the death of your father. I met met George and one of his sons (Dale I think) at a family reunion in Iowa. He and George came together. I brought my mother, Frances Murman. Frances and George were first cousins. My Grandma Margaret and Ingery were sisters. The video tribute was a beautiful memory of George's life. My sympathy is with all of George"s family. ”
- Donna Meyer
Friday, January 1, 2021 at 1:45 PM
“Was saddened to hear that your father passed away, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. ”
- Liz Hargrave Worsfold
Friday, January 1, 2021 at 1:45 PM
“Sorry to hear about George. What a great guy he was. I always enjoyed listening to him and his stories.”
- Brent Brown
Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at 1:50 PM
“Sorry to hear of the passing of such a wonderful spirited and respectful man. May he rest in peace and see him in heaven! ”
- Bill Glienke
Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at 12:15 PM
“Rick and I send our deepest sympathy to the Koenig family.. George was always a true friend and neighborhoods to my family.. He and my Uncle Dale were great friends..Unfortunately Dale lost his life in Korea but I know George missed him always.. A great friends and a fun person to know.”
- rick&sandy anderson
Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at 6:27 PM
“I wrote yesterday but I wanted to add that today I watched the video tribute and loved it because it shows how much family meant to George. Also the cover picture of him is wonderful! Here is my my tribute to George I posted on Facebook. I tried to put into words how much he means to me. I will smile at every memory of him.

George Koenig was and is a true icon of my homeland in northwest Iowa. I say past tense ‘was’ because George died Dec.25- 6 days before his 92nd birthday. He worked hard all his life and was ready when the Lord took him to heaven. I say present tense ‘is’ because George will be remembered forever by everyone who knew him plus his legacy will live on in his family who loved him dearly-his pride and joy!

The Salton and Koenig families have been good friends and neighbors nearly 80 years. My Dad and his siblings went to school in Gillett Grove with George and his 2 brothers. At all school reunions George-G.G. Class of 1946 was popular and surrounded by folks waiting to greet him. Dad’s sister Doris said George was friendly to everyone on the bus and always had them laughing with witty one liners. When asked He chuckled in an Aw shucks way ,” Oh. Is that right?” With quick grin and twinkle in his eyes George Koenig had genuine charm which came naturally, used for giving joy.
My siblings, Salton cousins and I rode bus and went to school in Gillett Grove with the second generation of Koenig kids. Farm friends,especially in Logan township become like family. In late July Joan Koenig (wife of George’s brother Bill) hosted an epic party full of great food, music and fun! Almost all neighbors attended talking late into the night. It was at one such gathering when I really got to know George. He was not a beer drinker but he might sip a whisky now and then. We sat on the back of a pickup listening to music watching people come and go. He told me stories about my family and offered his unique perspective. He knew more about me than I did! Not only did he list off birthdays but he remembered what the weather was when my cousins were born. I wish I had paid better attention to his stories or had time to hear more. So much local history he had in his brain! Dad’s brother Kenny beamed when he spoke of adventures he had with “Uncle George” 😎They drove all over the county looking at land and stopping to visit or have coffee with neighbors. They knew everyone and were welcomed whoever they went. I am thankful for years of friendship from George. The last time I saw him was 10 months ago today at funeral for my cousin LarryandMarti Salton. Gary Anderson saw George first, visited with him then sent him over to talk to me. George consoled me with a kiss on the cheek and a hug which was exactly what I needed that day. Nov.20-day after my birthday was last time I talked toGeorge. I called and teased I wanted to hear him sing “Happy Birthday.” He laughed but he sang for me. He so sweet.
Whenever he talked to me, especially since I had stroke, he offered support, strength, hope and encouragement. He was kindhearted, not overly critical nor judgemental. I will miss my friend but I am thankful for years of fun and friendship. I take comfort in knowing he is reunited in heaven with his wife Darlene who was his soul mate and his one true love. ❤️I enjoyed taking their picture over the years. Their love and devotion was obvious as they playfully teased each other to smile for my camera. I also find comfort knowing he was able to live in his own home on the farm. His children honored his wishes, making sure he had full time caregiver and everything he needed to be comfortable at home. Beloved grandchildren, great grands, nieces and nephews visited as often as they could. George was a gentle man and special friend. I am thankful for fun, wit, wisdom and advice he has given me over the years. Talking with him makes me feel connected to my Dad, my Uncle Kenny and my homeland.❤️
God bless the memory of George Koenig. You worked hard all your life and now you deserve to rest well.

- LaVonne (Salton) and Gary Anderson
Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at 6:27 PM
“Beautiful tribute. George will always have a special place in my heart. It was a great pleasure to know him. He is resting in peace now. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.”
- Stephanie Myers
Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at 3:53 PM
“To George’s wonderful family”
- Sue Ehlers
Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at 3:52 PM
“It is hard to say goodbye to someone that you have grown to love and respect. He was such a great guy that taught me a lot about farming on our many gravel travels. I thoroughly enjoyed caring for him in his home these past years. He has definitely left footprints in my hearts. My sincere condolences to the entire Koenig family. I feel blessed to have made a connection to you through this wonderful man. He was so lucky to have Bill and Karn just around the corner to make his last years run so smooth. My heart goes out to them for their sacrifices and dedication. I will always remember this man. ”
- Sue Ehlers
Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at 12:35 PM
“Deepest sympathy to the entire Koenig family. Keeping you in our prayers. ”
- Tim & Cheryl Rouse
Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at 12:35 PM
“Thinking of all of you!
Our community changes every time we lose our patriarchs and matriarchs!!
George was always kind, funny and friend to my family!!
- Bev Salton Dudziak
Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at 7:29 AM
“We are so sorry to hear about George's passing you are all in our thoughts and prayers. George & Darlene were great neighbors enjoyed our many visits and will be greatly missed our deepest sympathy to the family.”
- Hugh & Lori Hazelett ,Patrick
Monday, December 28, 2020 at 8:40 PM
- betty nielsen olesen
Monday, December 28, 2020 at 7:40 AM
“My sympathy to the Koenig families. We grew up around all of you and spent a lot of time at your house, as well as did my Mom and Dad. Walked many beans for your Mom and Dad and always enjoyed it because your Mom made it so fun, made great lunches for us and was just a really good person. Your Dad always had a smile and joked around with us a lot. We also did a lot of babysitting and stayed overnight because would usually be a late night. Great people, maybe Mom and Dad and your parents will get together again, ya think? Again, sympathy to your families, thinking about you in the days ahead. Barbara (Gibson) Slota and Larry Slota”
- Barbara Gibson Slota
Monday, December 28, 2020 at 7:40 AM
“George Koenig Family
So sorry for your loss 😓
George was definitely one of the good guys.
He always took time to visit, we had many good visits laughs and stories over the years to last a lifetime.
Take care and God Bless ✝️
- Randy and Suzanne Krukow
Monday, December 28, 2020 at 7:39 AM
“to family of George Koenig. Dear friends, You have our sympathy and understanding as you mourn George’s death. The Salton and Koenig families have been good friends and neighbors for almost 80 years. My Dad Sandy had much admiration and respect for George. Dad’s brother Kenny beamed when he talked of adventure with “Uncle George!” They had such fun driving all over the county and stopping in to visit neighbors. They knew everyone! I enjoyed getting to know George over the years. He was a special friend I could trust and talk to about anything. I valued his wisdom and advice he gave without being judgemental. What fun to make him laugh. His family have George much pride and joy making him feel loved and important. He knows you cherish him and you will carry on his legacy. I find comfort knowing he is reunited in heaven with Darlene, his true love. I loved taking their picture, watching them playfully tease us other as they smiled for my camera. Their love and devotion was obvious. It hurts to say goodbye for now but we will meet again. Every time I talked to George ( especially since I had stroke),I heard support encouragement and laughter. He told me never give up but to keep working. As we all know he was a hard working farmer and family man. George was surely one of a kind who left us with happy memories. God’s peace. LaVonne and Gary ”
- La Vonne (Salton) and Gary Anderson
Monday, December 28, 2020 at 7:39 AM
“So sorry to here of your Dad passing away. He was a wonderful man.”
- Ann Heiman
Monday, December 28, 2020 at 7:39 AM
“Roy & Bill,
Sorry to hear of your loss. What a GREAT life he had!! Glad I had the opportunity to know him. ”
- Brad Nair
Sunday, December 27, 2020 at 1:31 PM
“So very sorry to hear about your Dad. I went to school with Terri at South Clay. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.”
- Nita Hargrave Richards
Sunday, December 27, 2020 at 12:22 PM
“George Koenig was one of the finest men I have known or associated with during the past 70 years! George was simply the same Ol’ George day in and day out! Peace be with you my friend!”
- Jim Brock
Saturday, December 26, 2020 at 4:51 PM
Saturday, December 26, 2020 at 4:51 PM
“Rest in peace Uncle Georgie. Sending my love and prays”
- Sara Harris
Saturday, December 26, 2020 at 2:45 PM
“Sending my most sincere condolences and all my love to the Koenig family. I'm sorry to hear of the passing of George. I grew up around him and Darlene and my grandparents, I have many cherished memories of them. A hard-working, kind, wonderful man, great sense of humor, always greeted me with a smile. I hope he, Darlene, and grandpa are enjoying a game of Gin. Save a seat for me...”
- Heather Gustoff
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