Roger Kolb Fuhrman

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Roger Kolb Fuhrman, 83, passed away on October 9, 2017 at Careage Hills Healthcare in Cherokee, Iowa. Funeral services will be held on Friday, October 13th, at 10:30 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Cleghorn, Iowa, with Rev. Eric Wright officiating, and burial will be at Oak Hill Cemetery in Cherokee, Iowa. There will be a family prayer service at 10:15 a.m. at the church on Friday. Visitation at the Boothby Funeral Home in Cherokee, Iowa will be on Thursday from 2 p.m. until 7 p.m,. with the family present from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Online condolences can be left at

Roger was born on March 13, 1934 on the family farm home in Liberty Township, Cherokee County, Iowa to Clarence and Alice Kolb Fuhrman. Roger was the eldest of three siblings and a lifelong resident of Cherokee County.


Roger grew up, no stranger to hard work, bruises and scrapes in the fields and barns of his family’s and neighbor’s homesteads in the Cleghorn, Iowa area.


He attended and graduated from Cleghorn Community School as a member of the class of 1952.

Following graduation, he was called to service in the United States Army. He attended basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, and following basic, he was assigned to overseas duty in South Korea. Completing two years of service, Roger returned to Cherokee County to begin farming alongside his dad.


On June 15, 1957 Roger wed Sarah Mae Roepke at Meadow Star Church in Grand Meadow Township of Cherokee County.  Roger and Sarah resided on a fertile 160 acre farmstead, just three miles south of his boyhood home.  Tested by so many adversaries beyond their control: the long, cold of winters punctuated by monumental blizzards, above all, that of January 1975; summers when the rain was withheld; and times when the market value of the fruits of their labor fell below the cost of production.


Throughout his career, Roger pursued improvements to the family farming operation. Improvements to land that had once yielded 60 bushels and were now yielding 200 bushels per acre. Roger marketed cattle and hogs that were particularly favored by the packer buyers. He, together with Sarah, was a former director of the Cherokee County Pork Producers representing Sheridan Township.  On this farm too, Roger and Sarah bore and raised three sons, Alan, Jay and Jon.


Roger was active throughout his life as a member of First Presbyterian Church in Cleghorn. He lent his voice to the church choir and men’s quartet at community events. Along with Sarah, he was a charter member of the Mariners Club of the Church, which was established in 1958.  He also supported his sons’ and grandchildren’s athletic and scholastic achievements. Thousands of miles were traveled atop his Honda Goldwing as Roger and Sarah toured the country. In recent years, Roger faithfully followed Iowa State football and basketball, Twins baseball, and Vikings football.


Roger’s career in livestock and grain farming would exact a toll on his health, though. A lifetime of grain and livestock dust would rob his lungs of their function and physical labor would lead to painful spinal stenosis. Roger could no longer participate in activities surrounding planting and harvest.


On October 9th, 2017, Roger finally relinquished his hand from the plow and has now left it to another generation to cultivate the prairie soil. A chain, unbroken since the 1870’s.


Roger was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Alice (Kolb) Fuhrman; and his wife, Sarah (Roepke) Fuhrman.


He is survived by two sisters, Wanda (Fuhrman) Clark and her husband James of Cedar Rapids, Iowa and Lorna Fuhrman also of Cedar Rapids; three Sons, Alan and wife Pamela Fuhrman of Shawnee, Kansas, Jay Fuhrman of Ocala, Florida, and Jon and wife Valery Fuhrman of Cleghorn; two grandchildren, Carson and Carlynn Fuhrman of Cleghorn; one niece: Andrea (Clark) Ewers and her husband Josh; and one grand-nephew, James, of Cedar Rapids.