Caroline Jean Babb

May 30, 1940 ~ November 22, 2018 (age 78)

Caroline “Jean” Babb, known to some as CJ, age 78, of Cincinnati, Iowa, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 22, 2018.  She passed away surrounded by her loved ones peacefully at home.    

She was born May 30, 1940, the daughter of James and Mary Jane (Roderick) Reed.  Her favorite Holiday was Thanksgiving, she loved making dinner for her family and friends, where she believed second helpings was a MUST.  Jean loved Thanksgiving so much she chose to take it with her.

Jean served as a Sergeant in the Air National Guard, she worked many years at the Smoke Shop before opening her own café, CJ’s Saddle Rock.  Jean will forever be known for her delicious biscuits and gravy, as well as her out of this world….famous tenderloins.  She later went back to over the road truck driving until her retirement.  Not even retirement could keep her down, idol time wasn’t for Jean, so she began to drive the Amish.  She found great joy in this and lifelong loving friendships.

She is survived by her sister, Judy (Nick) Lorentz of Clarkston, WA; her children, Jimbob Babb, Jerry (Becky) Babb, Jeanine (Billy) Shiltz, and Janie Wood (Bill Brink).  Her grandchildren, Chris Babb, Teddy, Scott, Steven Garrison, LeAnn Short, Sara, Shay Shiltz, Richard Davis, and Robert, Jessica Wood; 14 great grandchildren; two nieces and a nephew.

Jean joins her grandparents; her mother, Mary Jane Elizabeth Lane; her precious special son, Jeffie; and a grandson, Jonathan Shiltz.    

Please join the family for a Celebration of Life Dinner at the 18-80 Club, 922 W. State St., Centerville, Iowa, on Monday, November 26, 2018 from 5-7 PM.  A memorial has been established to the Family of Caroline Jean Babb to be determined at a later date, and may be mailed to Lange Funeral Home and Crematory, 1900 S. 18th St., Centerville, Iowa, 52544.  Condolences may be shared online at 

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