Ankeny Funeral Home & Crematory

1510 West First Street, Ankeny, IA


John G. Bertelsen

May 5, 1957March 2, 2020

John G. Bertelsen, age 62 passed away Monday, March 2, 2020 in Des Moines. Visitation will be from 5:00-7:00PM, Wednesday, March 4, 2020, at Ankeny Funeral Home (1510 W. First Street Ankeny, IA 50023). A funeral service will be held at 10:30AM, Thursday, March 5th at Ankeny Funeral Home.

John Gene Bertelsen was born on May 5, 1957, in Audubon, Iowa to Emery and Ardyth (LaFoy) Bertelsen. He was raised and grew up in Hamlin, Iowa and graduated from Audubon High School in 1975. John was united in marriage to Mary Kerkhoff in 1978 and they welcomed three children: Amy, Jessica and Eric.

John owned and operated Bertelsen Construction. In his free time he enjoyed cheering on the Iowa Hawkeyes and smoking meats. He also enjoyed time with friends and family.

John is survived by his wife, Mary; children: Amy (Justin) Snow-Dehmer of Norwalk, Jessica Bertelsen of Polk City, and Eric (Megan) Bertelsen of Norwalk; grandchildren: Cecilia, Grace, Gavin and Mila: siblings: Patty (Jim) Melin, Deb (John) Kramer, Judy (John) Sobek, brothers-in-law: Marty (Deb) Kerkhoff, Keith kerkhoff, Ron (Kim) Kerkhoff, Dan (Cheryl) Kerkhoff, Scott (Teri) Kerkhoff and mother-in-law, Imelda Kerkhoff, along with numerous nieces and nephews.

John is preceded in death by his parents, Emery and Ardyth Bertelsen, father-in-law, Meryl Kerkhoff and a brother-in-law, Joel Kerkhoff.


  • Visitation Wednesday, March 4, 2020
  • Funeral Service Thursday, March 5, 2020


John G. Bertelsen

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Steve and Lorna Bode

March 6, 2020

Thoughts and prayers to all. He made BVU tailgating the best! Great memories of fun and laughter of those days.

Rebecca Reynolds

March 4, 2020

Prayers and my deepest sympathy to you and the family . lots of memories .

Pat O’Leary

March 3, 2020

Wow, I am shocked, what a fun time when John was in the bunch, loved watching the hawks with him at Kenny’s, he was a hell of a cook!!! My heart goes out to Mary, and the kids, may he RIP!!!!

Carol West

March 3, 2020

John was one of my favorite customers that actually became a friend at Bailey'S. My heart goes out to the entire family! I will keep you in my prayers!

Norma Davis

March 3, 2020

I just saw John about a week ago at Wal Mart am just shocked by this. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of his family. My fondest memories are of our trip to Florida and how he bought our winning tab pull at Frogs at Pine Island. You will be deerly missed by everyone who new you and your genuine friendship to us all.. see you in my next lifetime and have a drink with Dave.

Kevin Vinchattle

March 3, 2020

So sorry to hear of Johnny B's passing! Many fond memories. Teaching me many things on how to refinish a basement. Repacking boat trailer bearings when they shelled out on the way back from Big Creek. An oasis during the flood of '93. A gag-gift for Christmas that brought many laughs. Thank you Johhny B for the extensions of kindness. These, and many unspoken, are very much appreciated and brought much joy.

Pam Spangler

March 2, 2020

Sweet Amy and family - I am so sorry on the loss of your dad. I am keeping you in my thoughts and prayers during this time. Hugs to you!

Michelle & Jacob Blattel

March 2, 2020

So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all! Thank you for always welcoming Jake and I in your home, all the amazing summer cook outs and teaching Jake about construction equipment.

Kathy Dolan

March 2, 2020

Vince and I are so sorry to hear this. Our thoughts are with the family.