Lonnie Guderjahn Obituary

Lonnie Roger Guderjahn
Lonnie Roger Guderjahn

October 1, 1966 - May 13, 2021
Born in Grand Forks, ND
Resided in Urbandale, IA
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Lonnie Guderjahn, age 54, died on Thursday, May 13, 2021, at Taylor House Hospice in Des Moines, IA, after a long struggle with colon cancer.

Visitation will be at Iles-Westover Funeral Home, 6337 Hickman Road, Des Moines IA 50322, Friday, May 28th from 4-7 pm, with rosary following.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 am, Saturday, May 29th at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 7075 Ashworth Rd, West Des Moines, IA 50266. Masks are required at visitation and services.

Lonnie Roger Guderjahn was born on October 1, 1966, to Roger and Cecelia (Huard) Guderjahn in Grand Forks, ND. The family moved to Hoople where he worked at his family’s grocery store. In 1984 he graduated with honors from Valley High School. He attended the University of North Dakota (UND), where he was a member of Upsilon Pi Epsilon. In 1990 he graduated with a Bachelors in Computer Science and also Applied Mathematics. Following graduation, he worked at Principal Financial Group for 30 years as an Analyst 3. Lonnie was married to Shari Hrdina from 1991 to 2004 and to this union two children, Claire and Noel were born. Lonnie married Rhonda Goedken on August 8, 2009, at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in West Des Moines, IA, where he was a Third-Degree Knight.

Lonnie was an avid camper, active in Boy Scouts where he was Scoutmaster for Troops 92 and 51, and he served as president of the Heart of Hawkeye Good Sam’s camping group. He enjoyed exploring various state parks and looking at the bison and elk in Granger. Earlier in his life, he was active with bicycling, both by taking his kids in the Burley as well as completing RAGBRAI. He was a brown belt in Tae Kwon Do and played volleyball often.

Lonnie is survived by his wife Rhonda; two children Claire and Noel; mother Cece Guderjahn and siblings Wanda (Vincent) Langerud; David Guderjahn; Rick Guderjahn and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father.

In lieu of plants and flowers memorials may be directed to the family where they will be directed to UnityPoint Hospice, Kidney Foundation and Cancer Research.




Memorial Gathering
Westover Funeral Home
6337 Hickman Road
Des Moines, IA US 50322
Friday, May 28, 2021
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Memorial Services
St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church
7075 Ashworth Road
West Des Moines, IA US 50266
Saturday, May 29, 2021
10:00 AM
Resthaven Cemetery
801 19th Street
West Des Moines, IA US 50265
Saturday, May 29, 2021