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Irving H. Egeland

April 25, 1936 - April 7, 2022

Service Date: April 21, 2022

Funeral Home Memorial Services of Iowa

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Irving H. Egeland, 85, of Ankeny, Iowa passed away on April 7, 2022.

Visitation will be held at Ankeny Memorial Funeral Home (4208 N. Ankeny Blvd) in Ankeny on Wednesday, April 20, 2022 from 5:00-7:00p.m. A memorial service will be held on April 21, 2022 at 1:00 p.m., also at the funeral home. Burial for Irv and his wife, Sarah, will be at a later date. The memorial service will be livestreamed at the following link: https://vimeo.com/698744739

Irving Halvor Egeland was born on April 25, 1936, son of Helmer and Violet (Tjelmeland) Egeland in rural Garden City, Iowa.  He was baptized and confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church, also in rural Garden City.  He was a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Ankeny, was head usher there for many years, and ushered elsewhere throughout his life.

In 1942, the Egeland family moved to their farm near Randall, Iowa. Irv graduated from Randall High School in 1954, where he played basketball and baseball, and was president of his senior class.  Irv attended the Iowa State Teacher’s College, now known as the University of Northern Iowa, and graduated in 1959 with a degree in Science. Additionally, he acquired 30 hours of post-graduate courses.  He served in the Army Reserves and Air National Guard for six years.

Irv taught and coached at Iowa schools in Ogden, Southeast Polk, Iowa Falls, Rockwell City, and Gowrie. Students and parents greatly appreciated his teaching and coaching abilities, especially the annual science fairs.  In 1981, Irv became a sales representative with The Vernon Company; he became District Manager in 1988. He was on their scholarship committee for 20 years.  Irv retired in 2004 but returned part-time, for a few years, at the company’s request.

Irv enjoyed playing in men’s softball leagues, as catcher, for Jewell, Boone, Stanhope, Roland, and Cooper town teams.  He often referred to his 22 years of teaching and coaching as hobbies. He was also talented at landscaping his yard.

On February 14, 1970 Irv and Sarah (Furman) Hovland were united in marriage at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa.  To this union one daughter, Anne, was born.  Along with children Mark, Michele, and Kathleen, the family lived in several Iowa towns, including Ankeny, Rockwell City, Jewell and Iowa Falls.

Preceding Irv in death were his wife, Sarah; son, Mark; brothers, Arnold and Marvin; parents, grandparents, and other extended family members.

He is survived by three daughters, Michele (Reginald) Richardson of Ames, Kathleen Hovland of Ames, and Anne (Tom) Owens of Ankeny; 12 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren; brother, Orlene Egeland; four sisters-in-law; and several nephews, nieces and cousins.

Irv requested memorials be given to Every Step Hospice (formerly Hospice of Central Iowa), 3000 Easton Boulevard, Des Moines, Iowa 50317, or everystep.org.

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