In memory of

Trey Jackson

May 16, 1995 - October 3, 2023
From: Mount Horeb, WI | Originally: Ankeny, IA
Trey Jackson

Trey Jackson

Born: May 16, 1995
Died: October 3, 2023
Age: 28
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Funeral services for Trey Jackson, age 28 of Mount Horeb, WI, formerly of Ankeny IA. will be at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 7, 2023, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Wall Lake, IA. Visitation will be held from 4:00-6:00 p.m. on Friday, October 6, 2023, at Farber & Otteman Funeral home in Lake View, IA. He is the son of Julie and David Gerdes of Lake View and Keith and Chantelle Jackson of Ashland, NE. Trey passed away on Tuesday, October 3, 2023, at his home in Mount Horeb.

Trey Daniel Jackson was born on May 16, 1995, to parents Keith Jackson and Julie Thelen Jackson now Gerdes, in Ames, IA.  He was baptized at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Vail, IA and confirmed at Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart Catholic Church in Ankeny, IA. Trey was raised most of his life in Ankeny and graduated with the class of 2013.He played the saxophone and was an avid member of the jazz and marching band. Trey was proud to be a founding member of the Ankeny Rugby team and was happy to see their program grow. Influenced by his father Keith, Trey became a lifelong fan of the Kansas City Chiefs and the Colorado Avalanche from a young age. After graduating high school he attended Iowa State University where he majored in Animal Science and Ag Business. While a student at ISU, Trey managed the Iowa State sheep farm which he would describe as his pride and joy. He graduated from ISU in 2017. 

On August 8th, 2021, after nine years of friendship, Trey married his best friend Carson Stilwill. The couple moved to Wisconsin where Trey worked for Alta Genetics. Most recently Trey was employed by E-Genesis as a farm manager on a swine farm that researched xenotransplantation. During his time there, Trey developed close relationships with his co-workers. He took great pride in the work and research he was a part of. He loved animals and being outside. Trey felt closest to God when he was outside, surrounded by the beauty of nature. His beloved dog Maggie loved going on walks and hikes with him; she was always by his side. If Trey was not in nature, you could find him at Arrowhead Stadium, or stationed to the nearest TV watching the Chiefs or Avalanche play.  

Trey was a kind, compassionate, selfless and dedicated young man who will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him. Trey loved his family and friends, which he so proudly told many people about. He leaves behind his parents, Keith and Chantelle Jackson of Ashland, NE, and Julie and David Gerdes of Lake View, IA; siblings Zeke Jackson, Alex Gerdes, Nick Gerdes, and Miranda Gerdes; grandparents Ruth Gerdes, Ed and Virginia Jackson, and Roger and Karen Schulz; great-grandmother Doris Drake; ex-wife Carson Stilwill; best friend Zach Adams; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, other extended family members and a host of friends. 

He was preceded in death by his grandparents Norman and Marleen Thelen, Edward Gerdes, and Deloris Norton; and uncle Jim Thelen. 

Tribute Video
10:00 a.m., Saturday
October 7, 2023
St. Joseph Catholic Church
Wall Lake, Iowa
Deacon Butch Stone
4:00-6:00 p.m., Friday
October 6, 2023
Farber & Otteman Funeral Home
Lake View, Iowa
Wall Lake Cemetery
Wall Lake, Iowa


Tuesday, October 10, 2023 at 11:42 AM
“Julie,Dave and family, Sorry to hear of your loss. Thoughts and prayers to all of you.”
- Steve Mindy Radloff
Tuesday, October 10, 2023 at 9:00 AM
“My everlasting image of Trey will be his giant heart and smile. I love and miss you big man and we will always be available to Julie, Dave and your brothers and sister(s)!”
- Mike Gilligan
Tuesday, October 10, 2023 at 9:00 AM
“Julie, May God give you his strength as I send you my strength to understand such a great loss. I am so sorry for the loss of your son. ”
- Becky Manning
Monday, October 9, 2023 at 1:18 PM
“Thoughts and prayers. Death leaves a heartache no one can heal. Love leaves a memory no one can steal. ”
- Monty & Nancy Padget
Sunday, October 8, 2023 at 12:15 PM
“So very sad to hear of such devastating loss to all those that Trey touched. Deepest condolences and may his memory be eternal.”
- Renee Davis
Sunday, October 8, 2023 at 7:17 AM
“I am so sorry for your loss. Thinking of all of you. ”
- Gail Hendrix
Sunday, October 8, 2023 at 7:17 AM
“Dear David, Julie, & family, Heartfelt prayers and condolences to you all during this most difficult time of the loss of your dear Trey. I send my angels to be with you in prayers and peace! God bless you today, tomorrow, and each day of your grieving! Hugs!”
- Sally Riedell
Sunday, October 8, 2023 at 7:17 AM
“I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in our prayers. Deepest sympathy ”
- Sandra Schade
Sunday, October 8, 2023 at 7:17 AM
“Julie and Dave and family So sorry for your loss our deepest condolences. ”
- Rob and Marsha Bornhorst
Sunday, October 8, 2023 at 7:17 AM
“Trey was the sweetest guy ever. I am so sorry for your loss! He will be very much missed! ”
- Amy Lopez
Sunday, October 8, 2023 at 7:16 AM
“So very sad to hear this about Trey. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you Julie, Dave and family. We have many fond memories of Trey when he was little and you were our next door neighbors. He was such a sweet little boy and always made us smile. May God be at your side comforting and strengthening you now and in the days to come. Love, hugs and prayers! ”
- Wayne and Angie Tigges
Friday, October 6, 2023 at 3:07 PM
“We're so sorry for your loss, and know that God's blessings are with you and your family.”
- Doug and Dana Smith
Friday, October 6, 2023 at 11:43 AM
“I am so deeply sorry to hear about the loss in your family. Trey was one of my favorite players that I had the opportunity to coach. One of my favorite memories of him was the last practice of the season, our suit coat practice. He had a smile that would light up a room and a heart that was bigger than this earth. I am honored to have known him for a small part of his life. My deepest condolences and prayers for you and your family. With you!”
- Dennis Oliver
Friday, October 6, 2023 at 9:46 AM
“Keith and Chantelle, I am so very sorry for your loss. Thinking of you, and sending prayers for you and all of Trey's family.”
- Cindy Campbell
Friday, October 6, 2023 at 9:46 AM
“So very sorry for your loss David, Julie and family. Please know that you all are in our prayers.”
- Joe and Stephanie Riedell
Friday, October 6, 2023 at 9:46 AM
“Dear Family of Trey, I want to tell you how sorry for your loss, and ours as well. Trey was an absolute joy with whom to work at ISU. I teach classes, and Trey was always wearing a smile, made his expertise available to everyone who needed help, and certainly contributed to all the work I did at the sheep farm. And we had a lot of laughs and great conversations. I will miss him.”
- Brad Skaar
Friday, October 6, 2023 at 9:46 AM
“Sorry for your loss! I enjoyed watching Trey play Rugby!”
- Anne Timmerman
Friday, October 6, 2023 at 8:39 AM
“Julie, Dave, Keith, Chantelle and Family God please give comfort and peace today and always! Trey may God hold you in the palm of his hands!”
- Kent & Karen Vollstedt
Friday, October 6, 2023 at 8:39 AM
“We are so so sad to hear about Trey . Our thoughts and prayers are with your family .. may you feel the strength and love of the Lord to get you thru each day as you remember your wonderful son ..may God grant him eternal peace . ”
- Janelle and Mike Matter
Friday, October 6, 2023 at 8:39 AM
“My wife Lily and I would like to express our most sincere condolences for the loss of your beloved son Trey. I did not have the blessing of knowing Trey for too long, but since I joined eGenesis and met Trey, I instantly noticed a special and unique level of kindness, dedication, and passion for the job he was doing and for making others feeling good around him and at work. Coincidentally, we traveled to Mount Horeb last week and Trey was so good in accommodating a last minute tour through the facility to some members of my team, which he did without thinking it twice. After every tour Trey facilitated, people ended being very happy on how Trey took good care of them and explained everything clearly and with an evident expression of joy and pride when showing others what he and his team were doing. For me Trey was a gentleman that will be very much missed. Please be assured that all of you will be in our hearts and prayers for God may give you the strength and comfort while navigating through this difficult time.”
- Jose Torres
Friday, October 6, 2023 at 8:39 AM
“My sincere condolences in your loss of Trey. I think Keith and had the right idea of taking the boys on many family vacations!!! Love, Suzi Mom”
- Sue Worthington
Friday, October 6, 2023 at 8:39 AM
“Remember the joy. God has embraced Trey in his love and understanding.”
- Tara and Rob Hulse
Thursday, October 5, 2023 at 9:33 PM
“Keith & Chantelle, our hearts are breaking for you. Sending you hugs, love and prayers during this very difficult time. ”
- David & Angel Streebin
Thursday, October 5, 2023 at 8:51 PM
“Keith and family, we are so sorry to learn of your loss. We can't even imagine the heartache and pain from losing a child. Please accept our condolences, as well as, our hugs and prayers as you navigate life without Trey. Lean on your friends, family, your relationship with God and memories of your sweet kiddo to help you through the future. ”
- Brian and Susie Nelson
Thursday, October 5, 2023 at 8:03 PM
“I am so sorry to hear this, my heart is broken. May God hold steadfast over you all during this time.”
- Jeff Volk
Thursday, October 5, 2023 at 7:43 PM
“I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. Keeping you in my prayers. ”
- Lois Kettering
Thursday, October 5, 2023 at 7:43 PM
“Julie, Keith, I am so deeply sorry for your loss. I was lucky to work with Trey. He was a kind, generous, and thoughtful man. He always had a smile and a kind word. He was usually the first person I saw when I visited the farm, and I feel lucky to have known him. My heart goes out to you and your families as you process this unimaginable loss. May his memory be a blessing.”
- Elizabeth Roberts
Thursday, October 5, 2023 at 7:42 PM
“I am sorry for your loss. My prayers and thoughts are with you! Trey was an amazing person to me and I will moss him dearly.”
- Alyssa Beidle
Thursday, October 5, 2023 at 7:42 PM
“Deepest Sympathy to all the family.”
- Mike & K'Lee Naberhaus
Thursday, October 5, 2023 at 12:12 PM
“I am trying to comprehend all of this but am failing. All I know Keith is you are a very dear friend, you are a part of my family. I am hurting because you are hurting. I know from spending time with you both that he loved you very very much. I will always be there for you. ”
- Steve Pollari
Thursday, October 5, 2023 at 11:37 AM
“Dave, Julie, and family, My heart aches for you all in this devastating loss. Trey had a big heart and was always smiling. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.”
- Laurie Steinkuehler
Thursday, October 5, 2023 at 8:58 AM
“Dave, Julie, and family, You are in our thoughts and prayers. ”
- Ken and Sue Barney
Thursday, October 5, 2023 at 8:58 AM
“Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this sad time. Trey was in the Ankeny Marching band with our daughter, Bridget and she said he was so nice. We are so sorry for your loss! God Bless Trey with eternal peace in Christ Jesus! ”
- Joe and Jackie Carey
Wednesday, October 4, 2023 at 11:10 PM
“I'm so sorry to hear prayers your way wishing your families all the best”
- Michael Kelly
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