Ivon H. Ihlenfeldt

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Ivon was born May 29, 1923, in rural Clayton Center, to Ernst and Alma (Heuer) Ihlenfeldt. He lived all his life in the Clayton County area and attended rural Wagner Township grade school and graduated from Farmersburg High School. He was confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Farmersburg.

On Aug. 24, 1948, Ivon was united in marriage with Imogene Glawe in Clayton Center. A son, Harlan, was born to this union. They celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary in 2018. For most of their marriage, they farmed together near Farmersburg, on the same farm Ivon moved to as a small child. They moved to a retirement apartment in Monona in 2011. Ivon’s remaining days were spent at Prairie Maison Nursing Home in Prairie du Chien, Wis., with some health issues. He resided there until his peaceful death on the morning of Aug. 13, 2020, at the age of 97. He was a member of St. John Lutheran Church, Farmersburg.

Ivon enjoyed most any outdoor activities, especially fishing on the Mississippi backwaters or in Roberts Creek, just over the hill from their farm, in his younger days. He always enjoyed a good polka tune and any discussion of vintage tractors (green or red, he owned both). He enjoyed farming and was always willing to lend a helping hand to his neighbors with their farming duties.

Ivon is survived by his loving wife, Imogene; his son, Harlan, and daughter-in-law, Judy; four grandchildren, Todd Ihlenfeldt of Ames, Nicholas Ihlenfeldt of Davenport, Christopher (Jennifer) Ihlenfeldt of Kenosha, Wis., and Julie (Kathy) Ihlenfeldt of Round Lake, Ill.; two great-grandchildren, Kaley Ihlenfeldt and Aubrey Ihlenfeldt; a niece, Deborah Neels of Clinton; and one nephew, Jerry (Deanna) Klinkenberg of Davenport.

Ivon was preceded in death by his parents, Ernst and Alma; and his sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Leila and Richard Klinkenberg. 

There will be a private graveside service held at Zion Lutheran Cemetery in Clayton Center. To protect others, due to COVID-19, those who plan to attend are asked to continue physical distancing and to wear a mask.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that any memorials to Ivon be directed to the general fund of St. John’s Lutheran Church Farmersburg.

Leonard-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Monona is assisting the family with arrangements.

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