Eugene Triplett

Eugene (Gene) Edward Triplett, Grandpa Spike, 76, of Battle Creek, Iowa passed away on October 25, 2020 at the Burgess Health Center of Onawa, Iowa. He was born On February 17, 1944 to John and VaVa (Clark) Triplett. Gene spent his early years in Rockwell City growing up alongside his brother and 6 sisters. He graduated Rockwell City High School in 1962.

Gene married Earla (Brumbaugh) in Rockwell City, Iowa in September of 1963. In 1972, the Triplett family made Battle Creek their forever home. He worked at MidAmerican Energy for 36 years. He was a volunteer fire fighter for Battle Creek Fire Department and an ambulance driver for Hartley Hospital. He was a member of the local Lions Club, Ida County Fair Board, Hartley hospital board, and ISI board. 

It’s no secret that his family meant the world to him. He and Earla never missed a ball game, birthdays or Sunday phone calls. He would be so proud to tell you that he spent his last hours surrounded by his family.

He is survived by his wife, Earla Triplett of Battle Creek, IA, his children, Todd (Sherry) Triplett of Ankeny, IA, Tonya (Keith) Huss of Orange City, IA, his grandchildren, Drew Triplett, Kolby (Brooke) Moore, Seth (Annie) Triplett, Kenadi Moore, Kooper Huss, Kipp Huss, Kasee Huss, and his great-grandchildren, Jaeden Triplett, Jace Triplett, Rheya Moore, Emerson Triplett, and Roman Moore.

Gene is preceded in death by his parents John and VaVa Triplett; three sisters; and one brother.

A Memorial Service was held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, October 31, 2020, at the First Presbyterian Church of Battle Creek, Iowa. Eugene Tolstedt will officiate. Committal Services will be held at a later date in the Mount Hope Cemetery of Battle Creek, IA. Visitation was held one hour prior to the service from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Saturday, October 31, 2020, at the First Presbyterian Church of Battle Creek, Iowa. 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, masks are encouraged and social distancing rules apply. The Christensen-Van Houten Funeral Homes of Battle Creek, Iowa, was in charge of the funeral arrangements. Condolences may be sent online at

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