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John Henry Elbert

September 6, 1934 - July 2, 2021
From: Spencer, IA
John Henry Elbert

John Henry Elbert

Born: September 6, 1934
Died: July 2, 2021
Age: 86

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John Henry Elbert was born September 6, 1934, at Whittemore, Iowa, to August Elbert and Clotilda Kaschmitter Elbert. He attended Presentation Academy until 1951, when the family moved to LuVerne, Iowa, where he graduated from LuVerne High School in 1952.

     Following graduation, he farmed with his father and worked at various part time jobs. In 1956, John joined the United States Navy, serving two years. He then returned to farm with his family.

     On June 25, 1960, he was united in marriage to Gertrude (Trudy) Galloway in Laurens, Iowa. Five children were born to the family.

     In 1964, the family moved to Spencer, Iowa, where John worked at and later managed Bjornstad Hardware. When the business was sold, he began working for A&M Laundry where he remained until retirement in 2004.

     John was a member of Sacred Heart Church where he served as an usher and Eucharistic minister. He was a member of the Spencer Lions Club where he served in several offices, was honored as Lion of the Year, and received the Melvin Jones Award. 

     John loved watching his children and grandchildren at their activities and ball games. He coached Cap League, Little League and Pony League baseball for many years.

     John is survived by his wife of 61 years, Trudy, children: Mike Elbert (Renee) of Kansas City, MO, Julie Moran (Rob) of Ruthven, IA, Lynn Nielsen (Dennis), Roland, IA, Janette Nelson (Jim) of West Okoboji, IA, Kyle Elbert (Cindy) of Bloomington, MN, fifteen grandchildren, Brandon, Nick, Jared, Adam, Rachel, Emily, Shane, Nicole, Kayla, Ryan, Garrett, Amy, Kristin, Jack and Emma, and ten great grandchildren Eisley, Cooper, Leona, Oliver, Ossie, Charlotte, Vera, Tatum, Dallas and Talyn.

     He was preceded in death by his parents, father and mother in-law, Jess and Lila Galloway, brothers Ed, Paul, & Robert, and sisters, Louise, Gladys, and Ruth.

Funeral Services will be held 11:00 A.M., Thursday, July 8, 2021 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Spencer.  

Father Timothy Hogan
Father William Schreiber
John's Grandchildren

Brandon Kauffman
Nicholas Kauffman
Jared Elbert
Adam Elbert
Ryan Nielsen
Garrett Nelson
Jack Elbert
Shane Moran
Nicole Nielsen
Rachel Schneider
Kayla Tafolla
Emily Hagedorn
Amy Johnson
Emma Elbert
Kristin Nelson

Honorary Bearers

Mike & Betty Kaschmitter
Gale & Terry Gruhn
Sheldon & Mary Olson
Public Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services at the church
PIANIST - Jack Elbert

Gathering - "Here I Am, Lord"
Presentation - "Be Not Afraid"
Communion - "On Eagle's Wings"
Song of Farewell - "O Loving God"
Sending Forth - "How Great Thou Art"
Riverside Cemetery
Spencer, Iowa
1:30 P.M., Thursday, July 8, 2021 following the lunch at the church

Military services will be conducted by the American Legion and VFW of Spencer at the graveside services


Thursday, July 8, 2021 at 8:00 AM
“Dear Rob and Julie, Rachel, Emily, and Shane, and all of the Elbert family,
We are so sorry to read that Julie's dad has lost his battle with dementia. It was a long journey and your mom cared for him with such love and devotion. Your video tribute beams with pride, love, and family support. We are sorry for your loss but rejoice in a live well lived, and that your dad now rests in the Lord. It is apparent that he left a wonderful legacy for all of you. During this time of sorrow, may you always be aware of the Lord's abiding love, and may many, many wonderful memories sustain you in the days ahead. Tom and Mary Galik”
- Mary Galik
Wednesday, July 7, 2021 at 7:45 AM
“Dear Trudy and Family, We are sorry for your loss of John. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. May God watch over you all. Mike and Mary ”
- Mike & Mary Monroe
Tuesday, July 6, 2021 at 4:18 PM
“My deep sympathy to you all. We know God is with us but it is still so hard. I pray God wraps His arms around you, dries your tears and comforts you and gives you His peace.
My thoughts are sure with you and so are my prayers. ”
- Dolores Gruchow Hatfield
Tuesday, July 6, 2021 at 2:11 PM
“John you were the role model of what a husband, father, grandfather and friend should be and I aspire to be able to walk a path as clear and pure as to what I’ve witnessed from you throughout the years. You were always quick to assist someone, slow to anger and extremely patient; not once did I ever see or hear you raise your voice in anger. Heaven definitely has a place reserved for you and I pray you’ll wait for us. It was a pleasure to have you as my father-in-law and I’m so proud to have known you over the years and share some laughs, some memories and a few games of cribbage. Please know Trudy will have all the love and help she needs from her family and friends. I miss you John, you will always be in my thoughts and prayers.”
- Jim Nelson
Tuesday, July 6, 2021 at 12:22 PM
“I am so sorry about your families loss Mike & Renee
Please know you are in my prayers !!!!”
- Rhonda Olson
Tuesday, July 6, 2021 at 12:22 PM
“Kyle and Cindy,

Sorry to hear of the loss of your Dad. Thinking of you both and your family..

Hugs to you both. ❤️
- Monica Albano
Tuesday, July 6, 2021 at 12:21 PM
“I had the pleasure of working with John at Bjornstad Hardware in the early 1970s when I was in high school. Not only was he a great mentor who taught me how to do my job and work with the public, he was a friend as well. I've told many that I learned as much working with John and the others at the store as I did within the walls of the high school, and that is not stretching the truth. My condolences to Trudy and your family. His passing is a big loss to everyone who knew him.”
- Bob Condra
Tuesday, July 6, 2021 at 9:11 AM
“Trudy, our deepest sympathies on your loss. John was a kind man and a great neighbor. ”
- Marla and Steve Thomas
Tuesday, July 6, 2021 at 8:06 AM
“Mike and Renee
Sorry to hear of the loss of your Dad. So hard to lose a parent. I know you came from such a loving family. God Bless
Janelle and Jerry Madison”
- Janelle Madison
Monday, July 5, 2021 at 7:06 PM
“Trudy, so sorry to read of John’s passing. What a gentle Giant of a man he was. We played in card club with you guys, Lee and Cathy, Mike and Betty and had so much fun. So sorry we lost track after we moved to Minnesota. Looks like there are many Elberts to carry on the name. May he Rest In Peace and cherish the memories. I will too.”
- Julie Anderson Fisher
Monday, July 5, 2021 at 3:16 PM
“Trudy and Family, we were so sorry to read about John’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. ”
- Roger & Sherrie Green
Monday, July 5, 2021 at 3:16 PM
“Trudy and family. We are sorry for your loss and will keep John and your family in our prayers ”
- Mary Ann & Jeff Bohnenkamp
Monday, July 5, 2021 at 3:16 PM
“Our hearts go out to you in the loss of John. He was a wonderful man and great neighbor. May God surround you with comfort and peace.”
- Russ and Onalee Wright
Monday, July 5, 2021 at 11:45 AM
“To the entire Elbert family. I coached with John and I ushered with John. Truly enjoyed every minute I spent with him. A true gentleman and a very genuine person. Rest In Peace, John and to all his family and close friends remember all the great memories. Jim Grove”
- Jim Grove
Monday, July 5, 2021 at 11:09 AM
“Elbert Family,

I am so sorry to hear the news! I will always remember John as the finest coach I ever had. What a true gentleman. Also while playing for John I had the distinct "pleasure" of catching Mike's blistering fastball for a couple seasons. Great memories!! ”
- Tony Schall
Sunday, July 4, 2021 at 7:11 PM
“Trudy and family-So very sorry for your loss. Prayers sent to all of you.”
- Kim & Reynold Peterson
Sunday, July 4, 2021 at 7:11 PM
“Trudy, Julie, and family
So sorry to hear about John's passing. Prayers for strength at this time. ”
- Laura Brausey-Hamann
Sunday, July 4, 2021 at 7:11 PM
“Trudy and family-We are so sorry to hear of John's passing. He was a gentle man and always willing to lend a helping hand. May John RIP. Our prayers are with you. Duane & Joan Kallsen”
- Duane & Joan Kallsen
Sunday, July 4, 2021 at 7:11 PM
“Trudy & Family,
Lifting you up in prayer & sending love. You & John were the best neighbors & he willingly helped Mom so very much!”
- Sue Solomon Kent
Saturday, July 3, 2021 at 3:48 PM
“Trudy I was sorry to hear of John's passing. I'll be keeping you in my thoughts. Joy ”
- Joy DeWall
Saturday, July 3, 2021 at 2:09 PM
“Trudy and Family, I’m so sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.”
- Rhonda Streufert
Saturday, July 3, 2021 at 2:09 PM
“Dearest Trudy and family, prayers and love across miles. Heaven gained a wonderful man. May memories sustain you.”
- Judy Johnson
Saturday, July 3, 2021 at 9:29 AM
“Heard from Sandi Nielsen of John's passing. My memories go back to being neighbors to the Elbert family in the late 1960's when our children were small. John left the legacy of a wonderful family . My thoughts and prayers are with you all. May your memories comfort you and John's legacy keep his spirit alive through you. Love, Lynda”
- Lynda Barnes
Saturday, July 3, 2021 at 8:00 AM
“To All of the Elbert family,
We are so sorry for your loss. It is never easy. He left a great legacy through each of you.
God Bless.
Peggy & Bruce Gustafson ”
- Peggy Gustafson
Friday, July 2, 2021 at 8:38 PM
“I am so sad to read this. I will always remember the warmth and kindness that he shared every time I was at your home. Blessings and hugs to all of your family.❤️”
- Jeri Rowley
Friday, July 2, 2021 at 8:38 PM
“My deepest sympathy to John’s family. Thinking of you. ”
- Ann Spooner
Friday, July 2, 2021 at 8:38 PM
“My heart and prayers goes out to all of the Elbert family. I always enjoyed talking to John.”
- Kristi Hoger
Friday, July 2, 2021 at 7:26 PM
“Trudy and Family,
We were so sorry to read about John. Know we are thinking of you all!
Love and Prayers…❤️”
- Jackie Mann
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