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Thomas Christian Jellinger

September 17, 1923 ~ March 2, 2020 (age 96)


Thomas Christian Jellinger, 96, of Westminster, Colorado, died March 2, 2020. Tom enjoyed life in Bella Vista, Arkansas, after retiring from Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. Tom Jellinger was the son of Thomas and Allie Jellinger, but most of all was the husband of Romilda Bertsch Jellinger. Tom and Ro built a rich and loving marriage and lived their love story for over sixty years until Ro's death in 2007. Tom is survived by his three children: Richard (Peggy) Jellinger, Susan (Becca Ketcherside) Jellinger, and Nancy (Michael) Graeve. He was so proud of his eight grandchildren and fifteen great-grandchildren. Lt. Jellinger was advised to plan a short life following serious injuries in the crash of his B-26 in 1944. So he packed his life full to the brim with love for Ro, with challenges in engineering and contracting in Cincinnati and building the Construction Engineering program at ISU, plus fun with students, friends and family on the golf course, around the table, and on the road. That predicted short life became a life long and full to the end. Many will miss him and all are grateful to have shared his life.

If you are so inclined, Tom would rather avoid flowers and asked instead that donations be made to the Tom Jellinger Construction Engineering Fund for Excellence by making any donation payable to the ISU Foundation in his memory. Go to or forward checks to the Jellinger Family at 316 Rice Street, Anoka, MN 55303.

Due to the current health concerns services have been postponed. Thank you for your understanding.

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