Senator Berl Eastman Priebe View All Years

Compiled Historical Information
Date of Death: 7/20/2014
Birth Place: Lone Rock, Iowa
Birth County: Kossuth
Party Affiliation: Democrat
Assemblies Served:
Senate: 65 (1973) - 76 (1995)
House: 63 (1969) - 64 (1971)
Home County: Kossuth
Berl Eastman Priebe
Kossuth County


Berl Priebe was born on May 31, 1918, in Lone Rock, Iowa, to Clarence and Amy Priebe. He passed away on July 20, 2014, at the age of 96. He is survived by two of his children, Paula and Gary; nine grandchildren; nineteen great grandchildren; and four great great grandchildren.

Priebe attended public school in Bancroft, Iowa. He graduated from Bancroft High School in 1935. He married Madelyn Paetz on August 14, 1938, and they were blessed with three children together: Constance, Paula, and Gary.

He was a farmer and livestock producer, who specialized in raising purebred Angus cattle. He was also a member of the Kossuth County Beef Producers, Iowa Beef Producers, Iowa State Angus Association, and American Angus Association. He was President of the Kossuth County Fair Board, Chairman of the Kossuth County Barbeque Committee, an ASC committeeman, 4-H leader, delegate to the American Angus Association conventions, and a cattle and 4-H judge at fairs and shows. In addition, he was the recipient of numerous awards including the National Jewish Tree of Life Award, National Vocational Teachers Award, the Iowa FFA Award for Distinguished Service, and the Hall of Fame Award from the Iowa Fair Association.

He served in the Iowa House of Representatives and Iowa Senate for a combined 28 years. During this time he was deeply involved in agricultural issues, both in the Legislature and at home. He was the chair of the Senate Agriculture and Administrative Rules committees and a member of the Natural Resources and Environment, Energy, and Commerce committees.

Priebe was a Kossuth County Democrat. He served in the Iowa House of Representatives from 1969-1973, during the 63rd and 64th General Assemblies, and in the Iowa Senate from 1973-1997, during the 65th, 66th, 67th XX, 68th, 69th XX, 70th, 71st, 72nd XX, 73rd, 74th XX, 75th, and 76th General Assemblies.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE SENATE OF THE EIGHTY-SIXTH GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF IOWA: That in the passing of the Honorable Berl Priebe, the State has lost an honored citizen and faithful and useful public servant, and that the Senate by this resolution expresses its appreciation of his service to the State and tenders its sympathy and kindest regards to the members of his family.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: That a copy of this resolution be spread upon the Journal of the Senate and that the Secretary of the Senate be instructed to forward an enrolled copy to the family of the deceased.