In memory of

James "Jim" Derner

December 9, 1937 - March 2, 2020
From: Sac City, IA
James "Jim" Derner

James "Jim" Derner

Born: December 9, 1937
Died: March 2, 2020
Age: 82
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  James Jim Derner, age 82 of Sac City, IA, passed away on Monday, March 2, 2020, at MercyOne Siouxland Medical Center in Sioux City, IA. James Henry Derner was born on December 9, 1937, to parents Arthur and Marguerite (Grote) Derner in Carroll, IA. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Bernard Catholic Church in Breda, IA. 
   Jim grew up in Breda with his family and attended St. Bernard Elementary School and later graduated from St. Bernard High School with the Class of 1955. After graduating, he helped his brother-in-law farm near Breda and then attended Northwest Institute in Minnesota for one year from which he obtained his Lab Technician Degree. After college, Jim moved to Oelwein, IA, and worked for Mercy Hospital.
   On August 8, 1959, Jim married the love of his life, Mariella Lollie Ann Loew, at St. Francis Catholic Church in Maple River, IA. They moved to Sac City where they started their family and were blessed with five children: Geri, Greg, Scott, Gina, and Chris.  Jim worked for Loring Hospital as a Lab Manager, and was able to continue his farming experience by running an acreage south of town tending to livestock.
   In 1981, the family moved to Sioux City as Jim took a position as a Regional Representative for World Book.  He was very successful, received several awards, and even had the esteemed privilege of sitting with Sir Edmund Hilary at an award dinner.  He later began working in the medical rehab field with American Home Health Care and ultimately retired from this field at Mercy One Hospital.  They remained in Sioux City until 2011, and then moved back to Sac City. 
   Jim was a very giving person, always giving of his time to the church and various clubs and organizations. When he resided in Sioux City, he served on the Siouxland Committee for the Handicapped and received a Governors Award for his volunteer work there. Over the years, Jim served as an EME at church, was an usher, lector, and was a member of the Knights of Columbus. Jim was also a member of the Sac City Volunteer Fire Dept. for over 19 years, and on his return to the area was given a position as an honorary member of the department. 
   Jim was always very active and found himself enjoying many hobbies throughout his lifetime including gardening, fishing, and doing any kind of mechanical work. He was an avid Minnesota Twins fan, and enjoyed watching football and racing on the weekends.  Card playing was something Jim and Lollie enjoyed doing together, especially euchre, which they took part in almost every other night of the week.  While the two of them werent huge travelers, they did their fair share in the States and even a little abroad, and enjoyed an annual trip in the fall to Branson, MO in recent years.
   Jim was a guy that could be counted on for so many things. He was a very kind, caring, and loving husband, father, and grandfather. Getting to see and spend time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren was always very special to him. Jim had many friends and even had a special group of friends that met on a regular basis, each of them taking turns picking up the tab. He always looked forward to those outings. He was a faithful servant of the Lord and made sure his family knew that he indeed knew where his eternal home was. This brought a certain comfort to Lollie and to every one of his children. Just knowing that although their husband/father is now absent from his earthly body, he will be forever present with the Lord in heaven. 
   He leaves behind to cherish his memory, his wife, Mariella Lollie Derner of Sac City, IA; children: Geri Derner of Ames, IA, Greg Derner and his wife Jeanette of Shiloh, IL, Scott Derner and his wife Elizabeth of Sioux City, IA, Gina Hults and her husband Jason of Villisca, IA, and Chris Derner and his wife Jill of Waconia, MN; 16 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; siblings: Mae Knobbe of Carroll, Eileen Bruning of Garden Grove, CA, Eugene and  Vera Derner of Dedham, IA, Ione Schloegel of Rochester, MN, Annette Ratigan of Bancroft, IA, and Don and Peg Derner of Lake View, IA; in-laws: Larry and Mary Jane Loew of Maple River, IA, Steve and Deb Loew of Des Moines, IA,  Bob and Aggie Snyder of Des Moines, IA, Katie Hoffman of Carroll, IA, and Marie Loew of Maple River, IA; as well as many nieces, nephews, and other extended relatives and friends.
    Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Marguerite Derner; parents-in-law Steve and Florence Loew; granddaughter Samantha Derner; siblings: Zeta and Ray Glass, Alma Derner, Colett and Bob Meyers, Bill Derner, and his in-laws: Glen Bruning, Frank Schloegel, Bob Ratigan, Mark Knobbe, Ethelmae and Harold Davis, Merlin Loew, Marian and Roland Daniel, Clancy Loew, Denny and Janice Loew, Suzie Loew, and Joseph Loew.

Tribute Video
Mass of the Christian Burial
10:30 a.m., Saturday
March 7, 2020
St. Mary's Catholic Church
Sac City, Iowa

Father Joe Dillinger
Deacon Butch Stone
5:00-8:00 p.m., Friday
March 6, 2020
Rosary by Knight of Columbus at 5:00 p.m.
Vigil Service at 7:00 p.m.
Farber & Otteman Funeral Home
Sac City, Iowa
St. Francis Cemetery
Maple River, Iowa


Sunday, March 8, 2020 at 1:56 PM
“My condolences to the family.”
- Lynn Ramsey
Saturday, March 7, 2020 at 9:20 AM
“We are very sadden to hear of Jimís passing. He will surely be in our prayers , Jim was a very faithful member of st Maryís and st Maryís knights too, he always showed up on all projects ,”
- Gene & Bonnie
Thursday, March 5, 2020 at 11:29 PM
“We extend our deepest sympathy!”
- To# and Teri Luckow
Thursday, March 5, 2020 at 11:29 PM
“Greg, your family will be in my thoughts and prayers; I can only imagine how proud of you he must have been!! God Bless!!”
- William Greer
Thursday, March 5, 2020 at 11:32 AM
“Lollie and family, So very saddened about Jimís passing. You both always treated everyone with such great care and thoughtfulness ... you treated our clan of Gregís friends as ďfamilyĒ and I am forever grateful for that. Please know that you all have been and will continue to be in our thoughts, our prayers, and in our hearts.

We love you guys very much!

Leslie & JP”
- JP Martin
Thursday, March 5, 2020 at 11:32 AM
“Lolly & family-- we were so sorry to hear of Jim's passing. We will miss seeing him & having a chat with him. He was such a nice person. You have our sympathy & prayers!”
- Ed & Mairlys Rehm
Thursday, March 5, 2020 at 10:01 AM
“Geri and the whole Derner family, my deepest sympathies to you all.”
- Laurie (Meyer)Hanaen
Thursday, March 5, 2020 at 10:01 AM
“My thoughts and prayers go out to your whole family. Jim was a wonderful man. I have many fond memories when you guys lived up the road from my Grandpa Bub and Grandma Ardith. Treasure all of your memories.”
- Penny Boerner Galvin
Thursday, March 5, 2020 at 10:01 AM
“My heart hurts for you. God will be there along side you.”
- Carol Groen
Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at 3:02 PM
“Sorry for your loss.”
- Merlin/Marcia Tiefenthaler
Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at 12:46 PM
“Sorry to hear of Jimís death really enjoyed working with him”
- Vickey Jacobsen
Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at 11:58 AM
“Surprised to hear of Jimís death. My deepest condolences ”
- Vickie Toms
Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at 10:34 AM
“Gina and family my prayers and condolences
May his memory be eternal”
- Peg Appel
Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at 10:34 AM
“To my Uncle Jim: Although distance has prevented me from knowing you better, I have always remembered you as a kind, sweet, and gentle man. The world is a better place because of you.
To Lollie, and all of my Jim Derner cousins, my heart goes out to you, as do my thoughts and prayers.
I rejoice that Uncle Jim is free of pain and is up there with Grandma, Grandpa, Zeta, Alma, Colett, and Bill.
Rest In Peace Uncle Jim!”
- Jane Thompson
Tuesday, March 3, 2020 at 10:21 PM
“You are in my thoughts and prays during this difficult time. May God give you comfort. Jim was an amazing man.”
- Alison & Casey Anderson
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