Colleen Jeppesen
In Memory of
Colleen E
Jeppesen (Kitelinger)
1937 -

Obituary for Colleen E Jeppesen (Kitelinger)

Colleen Elaine Jeppesen, 79, of Exira, passed away Tuesday, May 30, 2017, at the Friendship Home in Audubon.

On September 24, 1937, Colleen Elaine was born the daughter of Keith and Ethel (Knudsen) Kitelinger in Exira, Iowa. She graduated from Exira High School in 1956. During high school she worked at Enockson's Ice Cream Shop in Atlantic, where she met the future love of her life, Lyle D. Jeppesen. The couple was united in marriage on March 22, 1957, at the Exira Lutheran Church. Colleen moved to Texas to be with Lyle during his time in the United States Air Force, and after his honorable discharge they settled on a farm southeast of Exira for the next seven years. When an opportunity arose for them to operate the Brayton Standard Station, they relocated those few miles west to Brayton and became part of the community there for 18 years. The couple moved to Arkansas for seven years, where Colleen was employed at Wal-Mart. In 1992, they returned to Iowa and farming; the life they loved best. During their many years in agriculture, Colleen loved working alongside her partner in life, Lyle.

Colleen looked forward to gathering with friends at community events and card club. She attended the Exira Fellowship Church.

Colleen is survived by her loving husband of 60 years, Lyle; son, Duane (Marla) Jeppesen of Harrisonville, MO; daughter, Laurie (Clayton) Bretey of Exira; daughter-in-law, Chris Jeppesen of Liberty, MO; grandchildren, Nicholas (Janell) Petersen of Omaha, NE, Ben (Vera) Petersen of Omaha, NE, Joel (Faith) Petersen of Exira, Daniel (Allison) Jeppesen of Kansas City, MO, Derrick Jeppesen of Harrisonville, MO, Ryan Jeppesen of Harrisonville, MO, and Jennifer (Brandon) Lewis of Liberty, MO; great-grandchildren, Zoey and Ezra Lewis, Levi and Silas Jeppesen, Reese Jeppesen, Mae, Penelope and Jude Petersen and Hudson and Hazel Petersen; sister, Suzanne (Bob) Behrends of The Villages, FL; sisters-in-law, Patricia Magill of Atlantic, Donna Harmsen of Anita, and Sherry Kitelinger of Exira; and many nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents; son, Tim Jeppesen; son-in-law, Paul Petersen; brother, Corwin Kitelinger; brothers-in-law, Glenn Magill and Dwayne Harmsen; and niece, Rosmarie Magill-Hansen.

Visitation with the family will be from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Thursday, June 1, 2017, at Roland Funeral Home in Atlantic, with Pastor Gary Magill officiating.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, June 2, 2017, at Roland Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Oakfield Cemetery, east of Brayton, Iowa

Roland Funeral Service is caring for Colleen's family and her arrangements. Condolences may be left at


Colleen Elaine Jeppesen

September 24, 1937
Exira, Iowa

May 30, 2017
Audubon, Iowa
At the age of 79 years, 8 months & 6 days

10:30 a.m.
Friday, June 2, 2017
Roland Funeral Home
Atlantic, Iowa

Pastor Gary Magill
1st Assembly of God
Harlan, Iowa

“Because He Lives”
“I’ll Fly Away”
By Clint and Julie Fransico

“Amazing Grace” by Congregation

Nicholas Petersen
Ben Petersen
Joel Petersen
Daniel Jeppesen
Derrick Jeppesen
Ryan Jeppesen

Oakfield Cemetery
Brayton, Iowa

The family invites you to join them for lunch at
Roland Funeral Home immediately following the funeral service.

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