Jeffrey Hammen

Jeffrey M. Hammen, 68, of Rockwell City passed away Friday, May 10, 2024 at his home. 

A Mass of Christian Burial was set for 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 14, at St. Francis Catholic Church with burial to follow in St. Francis Catholic Cemetery. A Celebration of Jeff’s Life was set for Monday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the farm, 2551 Langley Ave., Rockwell City. Visit Laufersweilers Palmer and Swank Funeral Home. 

Jeff is survived by his wife, Donna Hammen, of Rockwell City; children: Troy (Jessica) Hammen, of Manson; Tony (Amy) Hammen, of Rockwell City; Wendy (Brandon) Slaughter, of Cherokee, and Wade Hammen of Rockwell City; grandchildren: Tanner, Jacey, Keaton, Heidi, Holly, Payton, Teagan, Hunter and Georgia; siblings: Rose (Paul) Kutz, Joan (Bob) Kidney, Annie (Gary) Errington, Ron (Dianne) Hammen, Randy (Kathy) Hammen and Marty (Barb) Hammen and sister-in-law Kitty Hammen. 

He was preceded in death by his parents: Keevan and Marcella (Gesy) Hammen; brothers: Duane and Francis Hammen and infant sister Theresa Louise Hammen. 

Jeffrey Mickel Hammen was born Feb. 29, 1956 in Storm Lake. He attended Jolley schools and graduated from Rockwell City High School in 1974. He was united in marriage to Donna Kleemeier April 20, 1979 at St. Francis Catholic Church in Rockwell City. Jeff farmed southeast of Jolley for most of his life but also worked doing construction as well. He loved to restore, buy and sell tractors. He was a huge John Deere fan and loved acquiring antiques and other collectables. Jeff spent 40 plus years organizing and running softball in Jolley and raising peacocks on the farm. He always participated in charity events and fundraisers whether it was grilling food or lending a helping hand. He was always willing to help anyone in need and had a love for each and every child he encountered. He was the most stubborn, generous asshole you’d ever met. 

Memorials will be donated to the local food bank. 


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