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Correctionville, Iowa, formerly Anthon, Iowa

LaVern H. Roggatz, 85, of Correctionville, formerly of Anthon, passed away Thursday, May 10, 2018, at Correctionville Specialty Care.

Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Anthon. The Rev. Marty Davis will officiate. Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Monday in Memorial Park Cemetery, Sioux City. Visitation will be 10 a.m. until service time Saturday at the church. Arrangements are under the direction of Armstrong-Van Houten Funeral Home in Anthon. Condolences may be sent online www.armstrongfuneral.com.

LaVern Harold Roggatz, the son of Herman and Minna (Rumohr) Roggatz, was born on Feb. 23, 1933, in rural Correctionville. He attended country school in Correctionville and Oto, Iowa. At the age of 17, LaVern began farming in the Oto area.

On Nov. 4, 1956, LaVern was united in marriage to Ingeborg Kuhtz at St. John's Lutheran Church in Climbing Hill, Iowa. The couple was blessed with two children, Dennis and Kathy. LaVern and Ingeborg made their home on the family farm for the next 41 years, raising crops and livestock. LaVern will be remembered for being a hard worker from sun up to sun down. His favorite part of farming was harvest time each year so he could see the rewards of his labor. In 1997, LaVern retired from farming and the couple moved to the town of Anthon. For the next few years, LaVern was employed at Cyclone Security located in Sergeant Bluff.

He enjoyed fishing, woodworking and watching the Minnesota Twins. The couple also enjoyed traveling to Branson, Mo., each year during their retirement.

Left to cherish his memory include his loving wife of 61 years, Ingeborg Roggatz of Correctionville; son, Dennis (Lori) Roggatz of Bronson, Iowa; five grandchildren, Austin (Brandee) Roggatz of Des Moines, Dusty (special friend, Kayci) Roggatz of Sioux City, Jayme Uhl of Bronson, Joshua Ryan of Sloan, Iowa, and Zack (Rocio) Ryan of Dakota Dunes; one great-granddaughter, Victoria Ann; and son-in-law, Pat Ryan of Sloan.

LaVern was preceded in death by his parents, Herman and Minna Roggatz; and daughter, Kathy Ryan.

The family would like to extended a special thanks to Barb, Sue and Pam from Care Initiatives Hospice and to Rev. Marty Davis for all their care and compassion over the last few months.

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