In loving memory of

Helen "Jean" Black
November 29, 1935 - October 14, 2020

WASHINGTON-Helen "Jean" Black, age 84, of Washington, died Wednesday, October 14, 2020, at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.
Jean was born November 29, 1935, in Lamoni, Iowa, to Claude and Helen (Rockhold) Dickerson and received her education in Washington County schools. On May 5, 1962, she married Orin "Blackie" Black. She worked as a cashier and bookkeeper at Blackie's Super Value in Sigourney for several years. Jean was a member of the First Christian Church in Washington and enjoyed cooking, camping, the St. Louis Cardinals and spending time with her grandchildren.
Survivors include eight step sons: Denny (Laura) Black of Alpha, Illinois, Michael (Bev) Black of Washington, Bill (Sherry) Black of Washington, Larry Black of Iowa City, Steve (Denise) Black of Webster, Gary (Jackie) Black of Ankeny, Tom (Deb) Black of Washington and Brad (Bonnie) Black of Sigourney; many step grandchildren and step great grandchildren; three sisters: Norma Stutzman of Buffalo, Missouri, Kathryn Ahrens of Quincy, Illinois and Maggie (Bob) Elliott of Iowa City and three brothers: Bill (Judy) Kindred of McGregor, Paul Dickerson of Muscatine and Gary Dickerson of Quincy, Illinois. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband: Orin "Blackie" Black in 1992; step son: Douglas Black; two sisters: Ruby Liechty and Lois Drayfahl and a brother: Carl Kindred.

Graveside service will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 17, 2020, at Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Sigourney. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. on Saturday at Powell Funeral Home in Sigourney. Mask usage and social distancing are strongly encouraged.

A memorial fund has been established for equipment at Legion Park. Powell Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Sigourney is caring for Jean and her family. Tributes may be made at


Charmain Bartlett wrote on Oct 21, 2020:

"I'm sorry for the loss of a great person and ur going to be missed love you "

Brian Brahm wrote on Oct 17, 2020:

"Very sorry to hear of the loss of grandma Jean, she was a sweet lady. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Brian, Sara, Anna, Lauren and Kristen Brahm"

Rhonda Chorpening wrote on Oct 17, 2020:

"So sad to hear of Aunt Jean's passing. She was such a loving person and will be greatly missed. Love you Aunt Jean!!"

Sherie wrote on Oct 17, 2020:

"I'm so sorry I am not able to be there today. Jean has always been a special aunt that helped to keep all of the family updated and together. Since mom passed away she would always check in and helped to make sure I knew what was happening in the family. I want to send my sincere sorrow to all of her stepsons and their families. She will be greatly missed. Love always, Sherie Liechty Tujetsch"

Cyndi Kindred wrote on Oct 17, 2020:

"Oh my - I just found this notice on Facebook and will miss the service. I feel terrible about that. Jean was a VERY special person. When I married Billie Dean she was one of his aunts that welcomed me with open arms and made me feel so very loved. Even after Bill passed away she always would reach out to me about Kindred events. I love her so much and will really miss her. Rest in Peace Aunt Jean! Love you always. Cyndi"

Stacey wrote on Oct 17, 2020:

"Aunt Jean I'm going to miss you. Thank you for all of the memories. Teaching me the church, hand , steeple & people or showing me how you can move your ears. I'll always remember the last phone call we had I got so tickled at you!! Aunt Jean I LOVE YOU Love always your niece Stacey"

Joe and Cindy Wetzel wrote on Oct 17, 2020:

"Joe and I laugh when we think of the time Aunt Jean and Uncle Blackie were in Quincy and the men went fishing and stayed to long and was late for dinner. Blackie was saying he wasn?t afraid of Jean because he did what he wanted. It was so funny because as soon as the men walked in Blackie was the only one that got told about being late. Jean changed his attitude real fast. Lol. Love you Aunt Jean you will be greatly missed. Blackie and Jean together again ?"

Gail & Sharon Niffenegger wrote on Oct 16, 2020:

"Thinking of the after Church lunches we shared many times with Jean and friends. RIP our friend. Gail & Sharon Niffenegger"

Sally Jo Schultz wrote on Oct 16, 2020:

"I am so sorry to see this, please know I'm thinking of all of you. Always remember her with a smile, and with you boys I'm sure there wasn't always a smile ! Just kidding, know you are all thought of with a smile, Sally Jo Schultz"

Michelle Herman wrote on Oct 16, 2020:

"Deepest sympathies to the family . Jean will be missed by many. She was a great friend . "

Shelby Dickerson Bryant wrote on Oct 16, 2020:

"I didn't get to spend a lot of time with you. But I love you and miss you. "

Jacque Johnson wrote on Oct 15, 2020:

"So sorry to hear of Aunt Jeans passing. My thoughts and prayers are with all the family. "