Jack J. Eggspuehler

OMAHA, NEB. – Private graveside services for Jack J. Eggspuehler, 72, of Omaha, Neb., formerly of Ida Grove, will be Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. Per Jack’s wishes, cremation has taken place.

A celebration of Jack’s life will be at a later date, due to COVID-19. Christensen-Van Houten Funeral Home in Ida Grove is in charge of arrangements.

He died at home Jan. 9, 2021, with his family by his side, in Omaha, Neb.

Jack J. Eggspuehler was born Aug. 20, 1948, to Don and Eleanor Eggspuehler in Iowa Falls. Growing up next to the river provided many fond memories with his three brothers and one sister.

He graduated from Iowa Falls High School in 1966, where he wrestled, played football and was an amazing trumpet player. His junior year of high school, he went to South America to live with family and was a foreign exchange student for a year.

After returning to the States and finishing his senior year of high school, he began working in a factory until 1970. He started college at Buena Vista in Storm Lake, where he received his bachelor’s degree in economics.

Jack met the love of his life, Jill (Fults) Eggspuehler, the day he was born. They were born just three hours apart in the same hospital; they were destined to be together.

Their love story began in high school, through college, and they married May 31, 1969. Following Jill’s graduation from college, she accepted a position in Ida Grove to be an elementary school teacher.

So, Jack happily moved with her. Each year on the first day of school, he would bring her a red rose for each year she had taught.

Also, on her first day of teaching in 1970, he took her to school on his motorcycle. When she retired, he surprised her and picked her up on his motorcycle.

In 1972, he began working at Ida County State Bank (currently United Bank of Iowa) as a cashier. He progressed throughout his entire career and was elected to the bank’s board of directors in 1984.

Throughout his banking career, he was a dedicated, honest, hardworking and helpful person, who was always willing to lend a helping hand. He mentored numerous colleagues and friends, because he loved seeing others succeed.

During his tenure, he was a member of the Iowa Bankers Association and assisted growing the bank, from serving two communities to over 30.

He retired from the bank in 2009 but remained an active member of the United Bank of Iowa Board of Directors until his death.

Their family grew in June 1978, when they learned a beautiful baby boy, Justin Scot, would become their first child.

In 1986, their family became complete, when they were told an adorable baby girl, Jennifer Ann, was born and would be becoming a member of their family.

Jack was a loving father who never missed an event. He was always the one ‘woot wooting’ in the stands and audience. He even traveled to watch Justin intramural wrestle at Iowa State at midnight.

Jennifer and her father spent a lot of time together and shared a unique love for finance. This love for finance developed at a young age, as Jennifer would “work” on the weekends with her father in his office at the bank and continued throughout his life and into her career.

This has also carried on through his two grandchildren, Cyler and Cole. When he was not able to attend an event, he would watch online or have it recorded.

Cole put it best, “I will have the biggest fan watching over me while playing baseball.”

Jack’s two granddogs, Lily and Cali, were always at his side when he was around, as well.

Jack was extremely active in the Ida Grove community. Throughout his 41 years in the community, he was a member of Kiwanis, volunteered for the Ida Grove fire department, led the effort to build a wrestling room at the OABCIG High School and was a driving force behind the Ida Grove Recreation Center becoming a reality.

We know he touched and helped many of you, but there are simply too many to list.

Two of Jack’s passions were wrestling and the Iowa Hawkeyes. Black and gold ran through his veins.

He attended the NCAA National Wrestling Tournament 26 years and was an Iowa wrestling season ticketholder for several years. He was definitely one of Iowa Hawkeye wrestling’s biggest fans.

Jack is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Jill; and his children: Justin (Tonya) Eggspuehler and Jennifer Eggspuehler, all of Omaha, Neb.

Also surviving are his grandchildren, Cyler Eggspuehler and Cole Eggspuehler; his brothers: Don (Lynn) Eggspuehler, Bob (Sue) Eggspuehler and Gary (Kerry) Eggspuehler; and his sister, Julie (Tim) Latimer.

Additional survivors include many loving cousins; nieces and nephews; other family members; and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Don and Eleanor Eggspuehler.

In lieu of flowers or plants, consider a donation to the Parkinson’s Foundation https://www.parkinson.org, in honor of Jack.

If you prefer to send arrangements, send to Christiansen-Van Houten Funeral Home or, if you have a family member’s address, you may send directly to them.

Condolences may be left online at christensenvanhouten.com.