A balloon release has been scheduled at 5 p.m. on March 7 at Judd’s Ranch House in Lacona. The public is invited to attend. A free will donation will be set up and Judd’s Ranch House will donate 10 percent of sales to the Saffell family.
Superintendent of the Southeast Warren School District Delane Galvin released a statement Thursday morning.
According to the statement, a counselor is available at both the primary center and high schools for students who would like to visit with them.
“We have asked students to provide support through kindness and understanding,” Galvin wrote. “Please keep the Saffell family in your thoughts and prayers.”
A visitation for Jacob Saffell will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Pierschbacher Funeral Home in Chariton on Sunday, March 9. A celebration of life will follow at 2 p.m. with Rev. Amy Johnson officiating.
More information and a full obituary is available at Pierschbacher Funeral Home.
A memorial fund for the Saffell family has been set up at www.gofundme.com/7azsec.
Sara Colboth, a friend of Jacob’s mother, Jennifer Saffell, said the money being raised will go to the family to help with funeral expenses and hopefully help pay for a permanent memorial in Jacob’s honor.
“He loved the city park in Lacona so I can see his family putting up playground equipment or something in his memory,” Colboth said.
She said Saffell has four more children who attend the Southeast Warren School District so she has also reached out to the school to help with the fundraising effort.
A 2-year-old was killed and a Lacona woman injured in a crash Tuesday afternoon on Highway 65, two miles east of the Highway 65/69 split just south of Indianola.
Officials with the Iowa State Patrol said a van driven by Jenniffer Saffell, 31, of Lacona was westbound when it crossed the center line and struck an oncoming semi.
“We don’t have any definitive details,” said trooper Matthew Williams. “They are still gathering information.”
Jenniffer Saffell’s passenger, 2-year-old Jacob Saffell, was pronounced dead at the scene. Authorities said the toddler was in a car seat at the time of the accident.
Jennifer Saffell was taken by helicopter to Iowa Methodist Medical Center. Her medical condition is unknown at this time.
The semi was driven by Manuel Quezada Avita, 33, of Milwaukee, Wis. He was not injured according to the police report.
Williams said the accident is still under investigation.