SHELDON—Ervan P. Jahn, age 98, of Sheldon, passed away on Friday, Oct. 16, 2020, at Sanford Sheldon Senior Care.

A private family service will be Monday, Nov. 9, at the Vander Ploeg Funeral in Sheldon, Iowa, with burial at St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery in Sheldon, Iowa.

Family requests that memorials be directed to Alzheimer’s Foundation and/or to the Sheldon Fraternal Order of Eagles #2297.

Arrangements are under the care of the Vander Ploeg Funeral Home in Sheldon.

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Ervan Paul Jahn was born in Kingsley, Iowa, May 29, 1922. He passed away peacefully in his sleep Oct. 16, 2020, at the age of 98 years and 141 days at the Sanford Sheldon Senior Care in Sheldon, Iowa.

He was the youngest child of Albert and Martha (Albers) Jahn, sharing his birthday with a twin sister (Erma). Ervan grew up on the family farm near Kingsley, Iowa, and attended country school at Elkhorn Township. After he finished his education he farmed with his father and brother (Carl). At the onset of World War II Ervan joined the Merchant Marines and served the duration of the war.

On Aug. 12, 1945, he was united in marriage to the love of his life, Lorraine Lillian Hohbach at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Germantown, Iowa. He and Lorraine farmed in the Germantown and Sheldon area until 1956 when they moved to Sheldon. Ervan worked at the CO-OP, had a small contractor operation and was employed with the USPS, where he retired. They stayed in Sheldon until 1988 when they moved to Spirit Lake, Iowa, in the summer and McAllen, Texas, in the winter. Ervan enjoyed fishing, bowling and carpentry.

Lorraine preceded him in death passing away Aug. 27, 2003.

He is survived by two sons, Larry of Garnett, KS, and Alan (Mary Jo) of Cedar Rapids, IA; three daughters Diane of Omaha, NE, Patricia of Sioux City, IA, and Vicki of Hummelstown, PA; special friends Jackie Waganaar of Sheldon, IA, and Diana Jahn of Garnett, KS; and many loving grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.