December 11, 2023

Gene German


Harvey Gene German, Jr., known to family and friends as Gene, passed from this life Friday, December 30, 2022.

Gene was born in Mt Ayr, Iowa on April 06, 1961, to Harvey Gene German, Sr. and Mary Ann German of Murray, Iowa, and received his education at Murray Community School. Gene completed his G.E.D. and enlisted in The United States Army. He was united in marriage to Kristina Marie Battani in Osceola Iowa on November 06, 1982, and from this union two children were born:  Tiffany Marie and Ashley Louise.

For many years, he worked alongside his father Harvey and brother Mike installing house siding.

Everyone knew Gene to be an avid reader and a devout Christian. He knew the Bible nearly verse for verse, participating regularly in Bible studies and spending countless hours in his car listening to radio broadcast sermons. Gene’s faith was clearly his compass in every aspect of his life.

Gene was a kind soul and dearly loved his family, spending days and evenings with them enjoying simple pleasures - hot coffee, conversation around any topic light or deep, and especially a good joke or two. He was very kind and giving and never passed up a chance to help someone in need, often donating to St Jude’s and various other charities. He also enjoyed taking short vacations to experience the world outside his hometown:  the Bluebird Café in Nashville, Tennessee; the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia; the Kansas City Art Museum; San Diego, CA; and other national monuments and treasures. Whenever he could, he travelled to Missouri to visit his sisters Brenda, Penny and Jodi.When at home, Gene spent most of his time with his mother, Mary; brother, Mike; and sister, Teresa and her husband, Matt; and with his grandchildren, Artimis, Fancy and Frankie, who were the apples of his eye.

Gene’s relatives who preceded him in death were his grandfather, Winfred Floyd German; grandmother, Eva Pearl (née Cornelison) German; grandfather, James Luther Campbell; grandmother Veretta  Campbell (née Hageman); father, Harvey Gene German, Sr.; brother, Michael Lee German; nephew, Zachary Scott German; nephew, Ryan Daniel Crawford.

Gene leaves to cherish his memory, mother, Mary Ann German of Osceola, IA; daughter, Tiffany Marie Battani of Des Moines, IA; daughter, Ashley Louise German of Waterloo, IA; son, Nate (Tonia) Gillespie of Indianola, IA; grandchildren, Artimis Eugene Isquierdo of Linn Creek, MO, Fancy Rose Hagen of Osceola, IA, and Frankie Kristina Hagen of Osceola, IA; sister, Brenda Di Santi (John) of Branson West, MO; brother, Mark (Tess) German of Timnath, CO; sister, Penny (Rich) Moon  of El Dorado Springs, MO; sister, Jodi (Lonnie) Briggs of Linn Creek, MO; sister, Teresa (Matt) Hagen  of Osceola, IA; nephew, Ryan German; niece, Kylie German; nephew, Chad (Stormy) Crawford; nephew, Dustin (Savannah) Crawford; nephew, Austin German; niece, Sydney German; nephew, Alex Muller; niece, Abby Moon; nephew, Dalton Halls; niece, Jordyn Halls; nephew, Isaac (Chelsea) Welcher; nephew, Evan Hagen; niece, Ava Hagen, as well as many other relatives and friends.


Graveside Services were held at 10:00 A.M., Thursday, January 5, 2023 at Murray Cemetery with Pastor Danny McNeal officiating.

Interment will be in the Murray Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be directed to St. Jude’s Children’s HospitalOnline condolences may be directed to the family at