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Roy Bierschenk

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Roy William Bierschenk age 82 of Nashua, Iowa died Friday October 30, 2015, at the Rehabilitation Center of Allison. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday November 3, 2015, at St. John's United Church of Christ - Pleasant Hill, rural Nashua with burial in the church cemetery. Military interment rites will be conducted by the Nashua VFW Post. Visitation will be 4 - 8 p.m. Monday November 2, 2015, at the Hugeback Johnson Funeral Home - Olson Chapel in Nashua. Visitation continues one hour prior to the service at the church on Tuesday. Roy William Bierschenk was born October 1, 1933 in rural Nashua, the son of William and Martha (Schroeder) Bierschenk. Roy attended rural country school through eighth grade and then attended Nashua High School, graduating in 1952. Shortly after graduation he was drafted into the United States Army and served two years at Fort Carson in Colorado. On December 29, 1956, Roy went on a blind date and met the love of his life, Dorothy Sweazey. The couple were married on November 9, 1957 at the First Baptist Church in Austin, MN. To this union six children were born. After returning from their honeymoon, they moved to the family farm and began their life farming side by side. In addition to farming, Roy was a Vigortone feed dealer. They shared many memories together on the farm including raising beef cattle, hogs and tending their crops. Traveling was always a great pleasure for Roy. He also enjoyed boating with his family on Clear Lake and going on fishing trips, especially to Lake Kabetogama in Minnesota. Roy was a great dancer and taught all of his daughters how to dance. He was a lifetime member of St. John’s United Church of Christ - Pleasant Hill, Rural Nashua. Roy helped organize the Iowa Cattle Marketing Co-op and served as first president of the organization. He was a member of the Floyd County Hospital Board and a member of the Floyd County Cattlemen Association. Roy is survived by his wife of 58 years, Dorothy; one son, Brian (Ruth) Bierschenk of Nashua, IA; four daughters, Julie (Rick) DeVries of Forest City, IA, Nancy (Lee) Vaale of Oakland, MN, Jayne (David) Abraham-Schmitz of Nevada, IA and Rachel (Tom) Urban of Ankeny, IA; one honorary son, Michael (Sherry) Buttjer of Plainfield, IA; eleven grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; five step-great-grandchildren; one sister, Dorothy (Tom) Wilson of Detriot, MI; one brother-in-law, Clayton Borg of Tucson, AZ; many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Kent in infancy; one brother Edwin; two sisters, Lois Scoles and Marian Borg.

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  1. Dorothy and family, We were so sorry to hear of your loss… Roy was a special individual, sharing his quick wit, ready smile and thoughtful stances of the world around him with rare insight, no doubt because of his ‘down-to-earth,’ farming background. I enjoyed watching you two ready for the holidays, your phones ringing, twinkles in your eyes and heavenly smells emanating from the kitchen! Your love for each other and family was readily apparent to all who knew you, serving as an inspiration for others… Know that your memory is always in our hearts and can be witnessed in the little mannerisms that your children have adopted – a turn of a phrase, that certain tilt of a head, a shared memory that brings spontaneous laughter and maybe a tearful recollection of painful ones too… Remember Roy was received into HIS arms, where once again we can reunite with our friends and families when HE summons us. God bless Barbara Clemen Michael Scheidecker

  2. Dorothy and Family, We were so sorry to hear of Roy’s passing. He was a good man and a good friend. I enjoyed many years of working with Roy and learning from him. You all have our deepest sympathy and are in our thoughts and prayers. Jim and Marcy Anderson

  3. Dorothy, Brian, Ruth and Family We are so sorry to hear about Roy’s death. So sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Mike and Barbara Davis. Jane Lew, WV.

  4. From Tom and Dorothy Wilson, Sheri & Loren Dye, & Rick Berka purchased the Simply Elegant Spathiphyllum for the family of Roy Bierschenk.

  5. You have our deepest sympathy for your loss of Roy. He always had something positive to say and that chuckle he always had when we talked.

  6. FROM THE JOE GARRET FAMILY IN BRIDGEPORT, WEST VIRGINIA purchased the Simply Elegant Spathiphyllum for the family of Roy Bierschenk.

  7. Julie and family, It doesn’t seem to matter how old we are when we lose a parent, we are their child and have a ache that cuts to the core of our heart when they leave us. Take care of each other and know prayers are being sent your way. Joel and Dorothy Bartleson

  8. Thoughts and Prayers for comfort and strength go out to the family. Roy was a wonderful man and great role model.

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