Berdell Bernhard Jeschke was born on February 15, 1936 on a farm in Hanover Township, the son of Bernhard and Freda (Clausen) Jeschke. He was baptized in Christ and later confirmed his faith at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Hanover Township, Charter Oak. He received his education from a rural country school near his home. After completing his education, he worked for many area farmers. Berdell enlisted in the United States National Guard on November 23, 1956 where he served until, he was honorably discharged on June 8, 1959.
In 1958, Berdell was baptized in the Catholic faith and on June 14,1958, Berdell was united in marriage to Marilyn Hinners at St. John's Catholic Church in Arcadia. They made their home in Denison and were blessed with four children: Kevin, Kayleen, Keith, and Korey.
On July 5, 1958, Berdell started his 40-year career with Farmland Foods in Denison, retiring in January 1998. After retirement he always kept busy with their rental properties and working at his favorite job, Uncle Leroy's Pumpkin Patch until he and Marilyn moved to Carroll to be closer to their grandchildren's sporting events. He enjoyed bowling with his Knights of Columbus buddies for over 50 years and traveling with friends of the Crawford 50 Club to Hawaii, Alaska, Germany, England, many cruises to Mexico and trips to Las Vegas. They made many memories on those trips and loved meeting new people. One of the biggest highlights of Berdell's retirement was the hot air balloon ride he and Marilyn took over Cedar Rapids. Berdell had a strong faith in his Lord and he cherished his family more than anything.
Berdell passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 14, 2023 at Manning Senior Living in Manning, Iowa, attaining the age of 87 years and 27 days. He was preceded in death by his parents; grandson, Nicholas Jeschke; sister, Delores and her husband Ernie Riessen; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Alfred and Hildegarde Hinners; sister-in-law, Ruth Jeschke; brothers-in-law: Alfred Jr. and his wife Mary Ann Hinners, Wilbur Hinners, Robert Hinners, and Eugene Hinners.
He is survived by his loving wife, Marilyn Jeschke of Carroll; children: Kevin Jeschke and his wife Anne of Chillicothe, Missouri, Kayleen and her husband Bob Schultze of Cedar Rapids, Keith Jeschke and his wife Becky of Dubuque, and Korey Jeschke and his significant other Jen Eason of Carroll; grandchildren: Ben Jeschke of St. Joseph, Missouri, Kristen and her husband Jeff Eller of Ashland, Missouri, Tyler Jeschke and his wife Ashley of Chillicothe, Missouri, Brett Jeschke and his fiancé Lauren Underwood of Shawnee, Oklahoma, Nick Schultze and his wife Katie of San Diego, California, Michael Jeschke of Cedar Rapids, Emma and her husband Kyle Leubka of Davenport, Marie Jeschke of Chicago, Illinois, Austin Jeschke and his wife Kara of Chicago, Illinois, Will Jeschke and his significant other Marie Boileau of Carroll, and Avery Jeschke of Phoenix, Arizona; 12 great-grandchildren: Addie, Emersyn, Cooper, Gracyn, Jack, Hudson, Charley, Everett Berdell, Margaret, Cecilia, Jett, Boyd, and one on the way in September; brothers: Marvin Jeschke of Denison and Darlo Jeschke of De Soto, Texas; siblings-in-law: Louie Hinners and his wife Norma, Ione Hinners, Patricia Hinners, and Darlene Hinners; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with a Rosary at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, March 17, 2023 at the Huebner Funeral Home in Denison. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 18, 2023 at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Denison. Interment will be in St. Rose Cemetery in Denison. Memorials may be directed to the family.