Jerome Francis Hentges

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Oct. 1, 1951 - Dec. 22, 2010

A funeral service for Jerry Hentges, 59, of Spirit Lake, was held Monday, Dec. 27, 2010 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Spirit Lake. Burial was at St. Margaret's Cemetery in Spirit Lake.

Jerome Francis Hentges was born October 1, 1951 in Waterloo, the son of Francis Jerome Hentges and Myrna Mae Costigan. He attended St. Mary's Catholic Grade School in New Hampton and graduated in 1969 from New Hampton Community High School. Jerry attended Ellsworth Community College and then graduated from the University of Northern Iowa in 1976 with a teaching degree. He received his Masters Degree in Counseling from Drake University in 1991.

On June 15, 1974, Jerry was united in marriage to Paula Sue Anderson in New Hampton. The family lived in Holton, Kan., Lake Mills, and Lake Park, where he taught and coached. The family then moved to Spirit Lake in 1991.

Jerry worked as the Spirit Lake Middle School Guidance Counselor and Athletic Director. He was head wrestling coach for Lake Park and Spirit Lake for many years followed by several years of refereeing including the Iowa State Wrestling Tournament. He also coached in the middle school and was a Drivers' Education instructor.

Jerry enjoyed pheasant hunting with his German Shorthair, Annie, pontoon riding with his family, fishing, riding his Harley and trips to South Dakota.

Jerry passed away on Dec. 22, at Lakes Regional Healthcare in Spirit Lake at 59 years of age.

He is survived by his wife, Paula of Spirit Lake; three children, Tera (Ben) O'Malley of Chicago, Leah (Jacob) Cruze of Minneapolis, and Jenna Hentges at the University of Iowa; his parents, Francis and Myrna Hentges; two sisters, Kathleen (Mark) Timlin of Lawler, and Colleen (Paul) Kruger of New Hampton, Iowa; one brother, Thomas (Carol) Hentges of Eagan, Minn.; three nieces and two nephews. He is also survived by his mother-in-law Rosemary Anderson.

Jerry was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Harold and Kathleen Costigan, his paternal grandparents, Frank and Anna Hentges, and his father-in-law, Paul Anderson.

Turner Jenness Funeral Home of Spirit Lake was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be submitted at