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Jon Rosenboom

November 27, 1977 — December 22, 2023

      All are welcome to celebrate Jon’s memory for the burial of his ashes at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, June 1, 2024, at the Evergreen Lawn Cemetery in George, Iowa.  After the burial, all are welcome to greet his family for a time of visitation and remembrance from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. at the Jurrens Funeral Home in George.

“Not all those who wander are lost.” J.R R.Tolkien


Jon’s Story


Jon Michael Rosenboom’s story began on November 27, 1977, when he entered the world as the third child of Darl and Jan Rosenboom in Denison, Iowa. His time in Denison only lasted for ten, short months. In September of 1978, both of his parents were tragically killed in an automobile accident near Merrill, Iowa. Jon and his siblings then moved to George, Iowa to be raised by both sets of grandparents, Glenis and Donna Geerdes and Art and Virginia Rosenboom.



Jon was the exception from the very beginning. He had a strong sense of who he was and what he liked. He was unlike other people and knew it.

Jon’s words: “I knew I was different. I enjoyed being in the grove with the trees, fishing or being in the haymow. I had a bunch of imaginary friends. They were spirits. They would talk to me. I could hear them call my name. I could see other worlds that regular people couldn’t. My astrology lady said she has never read a chart like mine. I told her there is absolutely no one else like me in this world. When she read my chart, she told me my soul did not want to be here; which explains why I was a very pissed off child.”

Jon’s intelligence was beyond normal. His mind and hands worked together in a way that allowed him to build and fix anything that most couldn’t. He had his “own” way of doing things and despised being told what to do, how to do it, or anything of the sort. He figured out a way to use his strengths to live a simple life.

Jon’s words “I spent my youth building hotrods and now I make a living working with cars and am known as a really good mechanic. I just help people with their stuff, make a little money and then hang out with my dog in the forest. Living in a van, and knowing how to live in the forest has given me leverage that "normal" people don’t have. We are taught that we have to have all of these things and then we can be happy. It’s a lie.” 

When Jon wasn’t in the forest with his dog, Boogers, he made connections with many different people. He could easily determine what kind of person people truly were. He knew who he liked and who he didn’t.

Jon’s words: “I know how to help people because I can see them, their energies, but getting people to understand that is not easy. The world is full of vampires. They will suck you dry to get ahead, then when you no longer have energy for them they will kick you and spit on you. Now I am surrounded by people all cheering for me because they see all the skills that I have and how I can be so much. I just lack administrative functioning and discipline because I'm just like that. I'm 44 with enough talent, skills and work ethic to pretty much do whatever I want. I can drive to an area, post up, make enough money to fill my tank of gas, load up with food and still have money in my pocket to drive to the next place and not even know anyone there. I will travel the country doing this. I’m getting my life together.


Jon’s life tragically ended on December 22, 2023, in Westminster, Colorado. Jon leaves behind his brother Dean Rosenboom (Katie Koopman) of George and his sister Tami Van Meeteren (Mike) of Sheldon; three nieces, Halle Rosenboom, Madison and Mallorie Van Meeteren; two nephews, Tyson (Morgan) and Dawson Rosenboom; two great nephews, Grady and Reid Rosenboom; aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends from various places. Welcoming Jon to eternal life include his parents, Darl and Jan Rosenboom; grandparents, Art and Virginia Rosenboom and Glenis and Donna Geerdes; along with other relatives. May everyone always remember Jon for the true, free-spirited, hippie, mountain man he was. May you see him forever in the mountain scenery, feel him forever in the breeze as it blows through the trees and know he is forever with you as you feel the sunshine on your skin.

Jon’s words: There are many great adventure stories out there in books. I'm just living them. There are so many ways to live life. I have figured out what's important to me and what really isn't. The battle of good and evil is inside us all. How far is one willing to go?? I know who bad people are. I was one. I know who evil people are. I was one. I know who good people are because I am one.”

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Saturday, June 1, 2024

Starts at 1:00 pm (Central time)

Evergreen Lawn Cemetery

, George, IA 51237

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Celebration of Life

Saturday, June 1, 2024

1:30 - 3:30 pm (Central time)

Jurrens Funeral Home of George

300 East Dakota Avenue, George, IA 51237

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