Gerald Joseph "Jiggs" Rahe was born January 22, 1936, to Rudy and Viola (Deitering) Rahe on the Ford farm southeast of Bancroft, Iowa. He grew up on the farm learning the value of hard work and graduated from St. John's Catholic High School. He then served his country in the United States Army stationed in Germany.
Jiggs was married to Barbara Wolf on June 26, 1972, in Elmore, MN. He worked 43 years for the Bancroft Elevator now known as Stateline Cooperative, retiring in 2015. Jiggs was a kind, gentle man with a servant heart and a quiet, quick wit. He loved the outdoors, particularly doing yardwork for both himself and neighbors. He had a keen interest in farming, especially livestock. He was always willing to go the extra mile for customers, so many of whom he considered friends. He loved all his family, being involved and genuinely interested in the lives of his kids and grandkids. He also enjoyed spending time with his siblings, their spouses, and his many nieces and nephews. Special relationships were built with so many. He was a passionate Chicago Cubs fan for many decades. Jiggs was a member of St. John's Catholic Church and the Catholic Order of Foresters.
Gerald J. Rahe died Tuesday, August 7, 2018, at Hospice of North Iowa Inpatient Unit in Mason City at the age of 82.
He is survived by his wife, Barb, of Bancroft; two children, Michael Rahe of Elmore, MN and his children Kenya, Jeff, and Jason; and Sherri Huizenga and her husband Ryan of Orange City, IA and their children Kaitlin, Lily, and Mikey; two brothers, Bob Rahe and his wife Marilyn of New Ulm, MN; and Larry Rahe and his wife Darlene of Bancroft; four brothers-in-law, Eugene Wolf of Garner, Bill Wolf of Bancroft, Dennis Popp of Montgomery, MN, and Duane Weydert of Bode; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; and two sisters, Carol Popp and Patty Weydert.
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Dear Barb, Sherri & family, Pastor & I want to share our condolences on the death of your dear Jiggs. Our dear Lord has eased his physical suffering and brought Jiggs to Himself. May you all be comforted by the Resurrection, and the sure hope of our life with Christ. Love, Pastor Dave, Ruth & the girls
Barb, you have my sympathy & prayers for strength to get you through the next days/ months. Know Jiggs is at rest now & in good hands. Hugs. Joan Smidt
So sorry for your loss. Little did we know our two hospital stays were going to turn into this. Been a long road for you Barb.
So sorry to hear that! Say hello to Jim when you see him up there!
Love to your family! JEAN RAHE NELSON
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Gordie and Judy (Popp) Rudnitski
Barb, we are so sorry to hear of Jiggs passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Loved talking to him when we were around. He will be missed by so many. He is now in Gods hands and at peace
Jiggs and Barb, I only have met you the last three, four months.....but I can tell you that Jiggs always put a smile on my face and it was my goal every day to put a smile on his face too.Prayers for you, Barb and to your family. He sure was a special man. Marcie Larson
Barb, so sorry to hear about Jiggs. I was in Bancroft a few weeks ago and thought about you both. Take care, Barb
We were so very saddened to hear the news of Jigg’s passing away! He fought a hard battle but is now at peace and enjoying the company of our Lord!! Jim & I will always cherish our visits with him in the hospital!! We pray that you will find comfort & peace Barb in knowing he is in heaven with our Lord!! Our thoughts and prayers are with you Barb and with all your family🙏
My Deepest Sympathy, Thoughts & Prayers, Marie Kemna 🙏
Barb and famly, we are so sorry for your loss. Always remember him as a kind and friendly man. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time.
In this time of heartache, I wish to offer my deepest sympathy. Something that has brought me comfort is reading in the Bible about the condition of the dead and God’s promise of a resurrection. I hope you find comfort from Ecclesiastes 9:5, 10 and Hosea 13:14.
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