Mahaska County Employee Passes Away

On Wednesday, September 6th, Jerry Allen Barrickman passed away while in the care of the Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines. Barrickman was 54 years old.

The memorial service will be held Monday, September 11, at 10:30 AM in the Bethel Baptist Church in Oskaloosa.

An excerpt from Barrickman’s Obituary:

 One of Jerry’s favorite expressions was “The best time to plant a tree was 25 years ago, the next best time is today.” Jerry would be very pleased if you would plant a tree in his honor or adopt an already planted tree and watch over its care. That will be a fitting legacy for a man that was strong as an oak.


Yesterday morning around 9 AM the Mahaska County Sheriff’s Office were called to a farm on Indian Way southwest of Beacon where a tractor had struck a farm building.

Upon deputies arrival, it was discovered that the tractor was own and operated by the Mahaska County Secondary Roads Department. The driver, an employee with the Mahaska County Secondary Roads Department, was suffering from a medical condition.

The employee was extricated from the tractor and transported to the Mahaska Health Partnership. The individual was then airlifted to Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines listed in critical condition.

Estimated damages from this incident include the tractor at $5,000 and the farm building is estimated at $25,000.

There is no update as of Friday morning on the condition of the employee.

The Oskaloosa Fire Department and the MHP Ambulances assisted during this incident.


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