Jack Borcherding, 83, of Burr Oak, Iowa

Jack Borcherding

Jack Eugene Borcherding, 83, of Burr Oak, Iowa, died on Tuesday, May 15, 2018, at the Winneshiek Medical Center in Decorah, Iowa.

He was born on Dec. 27, 1934, at his parents’ home on a farm near Alpha, Iowa. He was the second son of Albert and Ruth (McConkey) Borcherding.

He was baptized at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Sumner, Iowa and confirmed at Peace Church in Fredericksburg, Iowa.

In early childhood he attended country schools in Chickasaw County and completed his formal education graduating from Fredericksburg High School in 1953.

He was active in 4-H as a youth. He showed the Champion Club Calf Heifer at National Dairy Cattle Congress in 1950 and was Iowa Champion 4-H Dairy Club Member in 1953.

He remained at home working on his parent’s dairy farm and selling cars for Weidler Chevrolet in Sumner until 1956 when he moved to Cedar Rapids and worked for Link Belt Speeder.

He entered the military in 1957 serving at Ft. Lewis, Wash.

He attended Barber College, graduating in 1960.

He barbered in Waterloo, Lawler, Iowa and Mabel. He barbered in Lawler until the farm was purchased north of Burr Oak in December 1964.

He married Sharon Heussner on June 16, 1957. A daughter Tina Gay, was born to the union, March 6, 1964.

They adopted a son in 1967 and a daughter in 1970. In 1976, Sally Swisher, his wife’s step-sister, joined the family and lived with them until she graduated from high school. They farmed until 1996, when he rented the land out and delivered trailers to all 50 states for Featherlite Co. out of Cresco, Iowa.

He was a member of the Sons of the American Revolution. He served on the FHA Board. He was a member of Burr Oak Lutheran Church, serving on the council and taught Sunday school. He and his wife were Luther League Advisors and attended the Luther League Convention in Denver, Colo. He was a charter member of the Professional Farmers of America. He belonged to the American Legion Club Post 299 in Mabel. 

He was retired, helping his brother with medical issues and enjoying his grandchildren. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Brenda Lou; a brother, James R. Borcherding and brother-in-law, Scott Hughes and James Hughes.

He is survived by his wife, Sheri; his children, Tina (Dennis) Quam, Alan (Crystal Johnson) Borcherding and Tessa (Pete) Numedahl; grandchildren, Taylor James and Payton Louis Numedahl, Jaron Alan and Skyelin Rae Borcherding and nephews, Scott Hinders (Dee), Gene Hinders (Terri), Bryan Robinson and James Robinson (Dana). 

Funeral services for him were held on Saturday, May 19, at the Burr Oak Lutheran Church with the Rev. Matt Larson officiating.

The Mengis Funeral Home in Mabel is assisting with arrangements.