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OBIT: Roger Ramthun

Roger Ramthun, 72, of Charles City, passed away Saturday, September 3, 2022 at the Floyd County Medical Center in Charles City.

A funeral service for Roger Ramthun will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 8, 2022 at Immanuel Lutheran Church east of Rockwell City, Iowa with pastor Chadric Dietrich officiating. Burial will be at Rosehill Cemetery in Rockwell City.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Hauser Weishaar Funeral Home in Charles City, Iowa on Wednesday, September 7, 2022 and will continue at 10:30 a.m. at the church prior to the funeral service on Thursday.

Roger Leonard Ramthun was born March 27, 1950 in Lake City, Iowa to Leonard and Iola (Loveless) Ramthun. He attended school K-8th grade at Immanuel Lutheran School and graduated from Rockwell City High School in 1968. Roger then continued his education at Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge and the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, graduating with a BA in English in 1972.

After graduation, Roger taught English and coached in Wauneta, Nebraska for two years and then moved to Leon, Iowa where he taught 7th and 8th grade English and coached wrestling for nine years. In 1978, he married Susan Buck, the math teacher across the hall. In 1979, they were blessed with their son, Matthew Roger.

Roger and his family moved to Charles City, Iowa in 1983 where he taught 9th and 10th grade English and speech. He retired from teaching in 1999. After retirement, Roger helped with some substitute teaching in area schools, worked at Outdoor Designs Landscaping, Lowes, and Ace Hardware.

Over the years, Roger was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Rockwell City, Saint John Evangelical Lutheran Church in Charles City, Messiah Lutheran Church in Mason City, Leon Lions Club, and sang in a barbershop group in Nebraska. Roger was a 4-H leader for nine years and has continued to judge at county fairs around the state. He also has served on the board for the Rockwell City Depot and as a county representative for the Iowa Barn Foundation.

Roger was a caring individual who could always bring a smile to your face. He never met a stranger, and, as a teacher and coach, influenced many young lives. The top priorities in Roger’s life were the three F’s: faith, family, and friends.

Living family members include his wife of 44 years, Susan of Charles City; mother, Iola (Ramthun) Zimbeck of Rockwell City; son, Matthew and his wife Hillarie Ramthun of Norwalk; grandson, Elijah; granddaughter, Nevaeh; step-granddaughters: Maya, Savana, and Isla; brothers: Lynn (Connie) Ramthun of Lohrville and Mark (Char) Ramthun of Ankeny; sisters: Peggy (Steve) Drennan of Oro Valley, Arizona, Carol (Lynn) Rosendahl of Rosemount, Minnesota, and Jill (Grant) Johnson of Crosslake, Minnesota; sister-in-law, Mary Buck of Ames; along with numerous nieces, nephews, other family members, and friends.

Roger was preceded in death by his father, Leonard; paternal grandparents, Harry and Anna Ramthun; maternal grandparents, Emory and Vivian Loveless; step-father, Paul Zimbeck; and many other aunts, uncles, relatives, and friends.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that memorials be given to Immanuel Lutheran Church, 3010 270th Street, Rockwell City, IA 50579.

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