Judy Ricklefs


Judy Ricklefs, age 75, of Ottumwa, Iowa, died on Tuesday, January 16, 2024, at the Hospice house of Davis & Wapello Counties in Ottumwa, IA. Judy Ramae Ricklefs was born on October 28, 1948, in Ireton, Iowa, to Fred & Sena Ricklefs. She grew up on a farm outside of Ireton & attended Ireton schools, graduating from Ireton High School in 1965. Following high school, Judy attended beauty school, where she received her cosmetology license. She then married her first husband and had her first two children, followed by her second marriage, where she completed her family with her third child.

Judy moved to Ottumwa, IA in her twenties & made Ottumwa her home. She worked various jobs throughout her years but eventually found her calling driving school & city buses for her local community. Judy worked for the 10:15 Transit to the year before her passing. She enjoyed camping, painting, and spending time with friends and family. Her Grandchildren were her heart, and she spent her later years spending as much time as she could with them. Judy was preceded in death by her parents, Fred and Sena (Tripp) Ricklefs. Left to cherish her memory are her older brother Larry (Colleen) Ricklefs of Rapid City, SD, three children, Matthew (Gabriela) Newman of Bemidji, MN, Jo Newman of Dell Rapids, SD, Jacob Rominger of Ottumwa, IA, 8 Grandchildren: Matelyn, Michael, Tee, Jack, Trey, Blaze, Javen & Lola, one great-grandchild & another on the way. She will be forever loved and missed by all.

There will be a celebration of life at a later date to honor Judy’s life.

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