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Jurgen Stobbe

May 22, 1944 — September 8, 2020



Monday, September 14, 2020 ~ 5 PM to 7 PM

Ohde Funeral Home, Manilla, Iowa

Graveside Funeral Service

Tuesday, September 15, 2020 ~ 11 AM

Nishnabotna Cemetery, Manilla, Iowa


Reverend Joel Sutton

Pastor, United Church of Manilla, Manilla, Iowa

Casket Bearers

Travis Hough     Nathan Namanny     Edrick Segura

Jacob Miller     Gary Palmer     Steve Vollstedt 

Honorary Casket Bearers

Jurgen’s Many Grandchildren and Great-grandchildren


     Jurgen Sybrand, son of Klaus and Anna (Euler) Stobbe, was born May 22, 1944, in Klein-Auheim, Germany. After World War II ended, he moved with his family to his father’s birthplace in Amsterdam, and grew up there. At the conclusion of his schooling, he served two years with the Royal Dutch Army. Before immigrating to the United States, Jurgen lived in Belgium, owned a bar, and drove tour bus all over Europe; Oh the stories he could tell!

    In 1980, he settled in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where he worked as a painter and carpenter. In 1994, he met Candace “Waterbury” Borgmyer at the Belle Plaine Bowl which was owned by her sister Helen and Bernie Higgins. They were subsequently married on January 22, 1995, at that same bowling center. Jurgen had developed a loving bond with Helen and Bernie, their daughter Theresa, and her three children: Jessica, Jacob and Jana. They affectionately called him “Aunt Derek” as Jacob (only 2 years old) could not say “Uncle Jurgen” and began calling him that name that Jurgen loved so much. Later that year, the couple moved to Manning where he continued working as a carpenter. In 2000, they moved to Manilla and purchased the Manilla Bowl, which they operated until August of 2020.

    Jurgen enjoyed bowling, caring for his dog Chico, visiting Colorado and the Black Hills. He was quite an artist, especially drawing. While he was not a U.S. citizen, Jurgen loved America. Above all, Jurgen cherished the time spent with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

    On Tuesday, September 8, 2020, Jurgen passed away from Covid 19 at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa. He was 76 years, 3 months and 17 days of age.

    Jurgen is survived by his wife Candace Stobbe of Manilla; three children: Crystal and partner Edrick of Carroll; Troy and wife Jackie of Kingsley; and Brad and wife Tawsha of Norfolk, Nebraska; ten grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; and a sister-in-law Helen and Bernie Higgins of Belle Plaine; and by the town of Manilla.

    Jurgen was preceded in death by his parents and other German and Dutch relatives.

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