August 18, 2014 - 12:39 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Ray Klinkenborg, age 97 of Rock Rapids, IA died Sunday, August 17, 2014 at Lyon Manor Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Rock Rapids, IA.

Funeral service will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday August 21st at the Congregational United Church of Christ in Rock Rapids, IA with Rev. Dean Shelly officiating. Burial will take place prior to the service on Thursday morning. Family and friends will gather at the funeral home in Rock Rapids at 9:00 a.m. before processing to Riverview Cemetery in Rock Rapids. Visitation will be Wednesday August 20th from 2 to 8 p.m. with family present from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Jurrens Funeral Home of Rock Rapids, IA.

In lieu of flowers family wishes memorials be made to Lyon County Hospice.

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Ray was born January 26, 1917 to Enno and Grace (Kruse) Klinkenborg near George, Iowa, where he lived until he graduated from George High School in 1935. Ray attended Iowa Teacher’s College in Cedar Falls until 1939 and then joined the Army in 1940, prior to the United States entering WWII. Ray served as an officer in European campaigns, where he was awarded the Silver Star, our nation’s third highest military decoration for valor. He served, first in Italy, and then France, where he was captured by German forces. He was interned in OFLAG 64, a prisoner of war camp in Poland. When the Russians began their push through Poland, the German soldiers began a forced march of the OFLAG 64 prisoners, during which Ray escaped and made it back to Allied forces. Upon his return from overseas he married Eleanor Jammer on December 24, 1946. Eleanor passed away in 1975. After the war, Ray worked for a short time as the Lyon County Veterans Affairs officer and then in the ASCS office where he worked as director until he retired in 1979. On November 24, 1981 Ray was united in marriage to Nancy Broesder, becoming a step-father to Joshua Pilcher and later Ray and Nancy had a daughter, Abby. Ray enjoyed fishing, golfing, travel and gardening.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy; his daughter, Abby Kempema, her husband Cory Kempema, and their children, Logan and Raelyn of Sioux City, IA; son, Joshua Pilcher, his wife Amy Pilcher and their children, Aria and Carter of Ames, IA; nieces, nephews and other extended family members.

Ray was preceded in death by his parents, Enno and Grace; first wife, Eleanor; brother, Elmer Klinkenborg; and sisters, Selma Hilbrands and Anita Hamlin.

August 11, 2014 - 8:48 am - Posted in Obituaries

Mr. Arwin Sneller, age 52, of Doon, passed away on Saturday, August 9, 2014, at the George Community Good Samaritan Society.

There will be a funeral service on Tuesday, August 12, at 5:30pm, at the First Reformed Church in Hull.  The Rev. Kevin Yurk will officiate.  Interment will follow at the Hope Cemetery in Hull.  Visitation with the family will be on Tuesday, from 4:00pm to 5:15pm, at the church.  Arrangements are with the Oolman Funeral Home in Hull.

Arwin Harlan was born on May 14, 1962, in Sioux Center, the son of Henry E. and Marie Elizabeth (Scholten) Sneller. He was raised on the family farm east of Doon, where he helped his father and brother. He liked doing chores, especially feeding calves.

He attended the Central Lyon Schools in Doon and Rock Rapids and graduated from the River Valley School in Rock Valley.

On August 16, 2012, Arwin became a resident of the Good Samaritan Society. The staff there enjoyed him and had fun caring for him.

He was a member of the First Reformed Church and attended Friendship Bible classes. He had a unique personality and his own way of communicating with others.

Arwin enjoyed listening to the radio, very loudly, watching the Minnesota Twins and the Minnesota Vikings (an avid fan), watching figure 8 and Nascar races, and playing UNO and other games.

Survivors include his sister, Lavonne DeJong; and two brothers, Eldon Sneller, and his wife, Lori, and Leon Sneller, all of Doon; four nephews, Brad Sneller, and his wife, Terri; Chad Sneller, and his wife Stacy; Scott DeJong; and Steven De Jong; a great nephew, Gavin Sneller; and two great nieces, Braelyn Sneller and Taryn Odens.

In addition to his parents and grandparents, he was preceded in death by a brother-in-law, Willard “Will” DeJong.

August 8, 2014 - 4:33 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Wava F. Braun age 90 of Rock Rapids, IA died Friday, August 8, 2014, at the Rock Rapids Health Centre in Rock Rapids, IA.

Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Monday, August 11th at the United Methodist Church in Rock Rapids with Rev. Marcia Sangel officiating. Burial will follow in the Beaver Creek Cemetery at Beaver Creek, MN.

Visitation will be Sunday, August 10th from 2:00 – 8:00 p.m. with the family present from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Jurrens Funeral Home of Rock Rapids.

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Wava Fern (Schroder) Braun was born January 22, 1924, at Sibley, IA the daughter of Henry and Idena (Davids) Schroder. Wava grew up in the Ocheyeden area and graduated from the Ocheyeden High School. She attended Cedar Falls College where she earned a teacher’s certificate. After college, Wava started teaching in a country school. Wava was united in marriage to Albert Braun on December 26, 1943, at Sibley, IA. They made their home near Sibley and later moved to a farm near Beaver Creek, MN. Wava went back to college in Sioux Falls in 1966; she completed her education and received her teaching degree in 1969. She became employed with the Rock Rapids school district in 1969 and worked for them for the next 21 years, until she retired in 1990. For the first ten years she commuted from Beaver Creek (without missing a day) before moving to Rock Rapids. After forty one years of marriage, Albert died in 1984. Wava continued with her career and remained living in Rock Rapids. Over her twenty-one years of teaching in Rock Rapids she touched many young people’s lives. She was a teacher who demanded discipline in her classroom. As a result she earned respect and appreciation from many of her students over the years. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. Wava was active in her community and in her church. She taught Sunday school for most of her life, served as Sunday school superintendent, sang in the church choir and participated in the many ladies circles. She was involved with the Lyon County Queen Show for many years, serving as secretary for most of those years, she also was active in the hospital auxiliary and a member of the ISEA and NEA for many years. In her retired years she enjoyed doing volunteer work in the community and church. As her health declined, Wava became a resident of the Rock Rapids Health Centre and on August 8, 2014, she died there at the age of ninety.

She is survived by her two sons, Kieth and his wife, Carmen Braun of Brandon, SD and Burdette and his wife, Sharon, Braun of Beaver Creek, MN; along with twelve grandchildren, fourteen great grandchildren and six great-great grandchildren.

Wava was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Idena; husband, Albert; infant son, Kenneth; daughters, Cheryl, Debra and Jolene and brothers, Warren, Russell and Gary.

August 6, 2014 - 5:08 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Eunice Lenderts, age 89 of George, IA passed away Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at Sibley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Sibley, IA.

Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m., Saturday, August 9 at Lyon County First Presbyterian Church of rural George, IA, with Rev. Paul Fischer officiating.  Burial will follow at the Lyon County First Presbyterian Church Cemetery.

Visitation will be Friday, August 8th from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m., with family present from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Jurrens Funeral Home of George.

Eunice (Behrends) Lenderts was born January 20, 1925 at rural George, IA to Dick and Fanna (Willemssen) Behrends. She attended and completed her schooling at Dale No. 4 country school. Eunice was a great help to her father as she was growing up on the farm, especially handling the horses while putting up hay. As a young girl she took two years of piano lessons. Those lessons and her love of God and music served her well for the rest of her life. She began playing piano for church services at the age of 14 and continued playing for services, Jr. and Sr. Choirs, and special events for many years until she was no longer able. On February 16, 1943 Eunice was united in marriage to Orval Lenderts. They began their married life together on a farm near Matlock, IA where Eunice helped her husband farm. After one year, they moved to her family farm southeast of George, where they were blessed and raised their two children, Gerald and Elvina. In 1983, they retired to a nearby acreage until due to health decline, they moved to Sibley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in 2010.

Eunice was a lifetime member of Lyon County First Presbyterian Church of rural George. She was an active member of the church Dorcas Society all her adult years. Church was very important to her and her love for the Lord was evident in the way she lived her life. Eunice enjoyed embroidering, crocheting, word puzzles, and reading. However, she thoroughly enjoyed bowling and was an avid bowler on a women’s league for many years. Eunice dearly loved her family very much and treasured the time spent with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Those left to cherish her memories are her husband of 71 years, Orval Lenderts of Sibley, IA; daughter, Elvina (Lynn) Van Meeteren of George, IA; daughter-in-law, Harriet Lenderts of Sibley, IA; 6 grandchildren, Steven Lenderts and special friend Tanya of Sibley, IA, Brian (Angie) Lenderts of Johnston, IA, Heath (Amanda) Van Meeteren of George, IA, Aaron (Joni) Lenderts of Baltic, SD, Melissa (Randy) Vaupel of Sibley, IA, and Jerry (Lori) Lenderts of Papillion, NE; 12 great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and other extended family members.

She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Gerald Lenderts; sisters, Frances Timmer, Loraine Chadwick, and infant sister, Leona.

July 31, 2014 - 3:40 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Larry Van Briesen, aged 74, of Little Rock, IA died Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at Sanford Rock Rapids Hospital in Rock Rapids, IA.

Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, August 4, 2014 at Salem Reformed Church in Little Rock, IA with Rev. LeRoy Christoffel and Rev. Matt Miller officiating. Burial will follow at Evergreen Lawn Cemetery in George, IA.

Visitation will be Sunday, August 3, 2014 from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. with family present from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Jurrens Funeral Home of George, IA.

The Jurrens Funeral Home George is in charge of arrangement for Larry Van Briesen

Larry Dean Van Briesen was born May 3, 1940 in Grant Township of Lyon County to Walter and Gladys (Duin) Van Briesen. He grew up on the family farm by George where he attended country school and graduated from George High School in 1958. He joined the National Guard in 1958 and was honorably discharged in 1966. On September 9, 1960 he was united in marriage to Carol Christians at the Salem Reformed Church in Little Rock. He worked at Swalve Produce in George for a short time and then worked at Armour Packing Plant in Worthington for 19 years. In 1970 they moved to their present acreage and started farming. He retired from farming in 1999 but still continued to raise cattle until the present. He then worked at Sudenga Industries in George retiring from there in 2006. Larry was a hard worker from dawn to dusk. He had a great love for animals, especially cattle. Seeing the first calf born in the spring was the joy of his life. He enjoyed helping the kids with their 4-H projects and also hunting, trapping and fishing especially in North Dakota. He also enjoyed listening to polka music and attending numerous auctions, where he was always on the lookout for unique items to add to his collection. His children and grandchildren were very special to him and he was looking forward to a new grandchild in August.

Larry is survived by his wife Carol of nearly 54 years; three children, son, Craig (Jessica) Van Briesen and their children, Aubrey, Sawyer and Kason all of Boyden, IA; son, Cory (Angie) Van Briesen and their children, Kyra, Caden, Sydnie and Ellie Van Briesen all of Wilmont, MN; and daughter, Carla (Jamie) Rokusek and their children, Josie and Charlie all of Boyden, IA; sisters, Thelma Van Briesen and LaDonn (Norwood) Geerdes; and brother Paul (Angie) Van Briesen all of George, IA; and several nieces, nephews, and other extended family members.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Gladys Van Briesen; and sister, Doris Stubbe.

July 28, 2014 - 9:37 am - Posted in Obituaries

Marcelyn Smid, age 81 of George, IA died Sunday, July 27, 2014 at the Good Samaritan Society in George, IA.

Funeral service will be 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at Ebenezer Presbyterian Church in George, IA, with Reverends Paul Soderquist & Jan Burnett officiating. Burial will follow at Evergreen Lawn Cemetery in George, IA. Visitation will be Tuesday, July 29th from noon until 1:30 p.m. at the church.

In lieu of flowers family wish memorials be presented to:  Atlas of Lyon County.

The Jurrens Funeral Home of George is in charge of arrangements for Marcelyn Smid.

Marcelyn J. Smid was born on October 24, 1932 in George, IA, the daughter of John E. and Theresa (Sudenga) Smid. She graduated from George High School in 1950. She helped her dad with the Insurance Business and worked at Sudenga Iron Works and Sudenga Industries. She grew up in the Evangelical United Brethren Church and was the church organist there. When the church closed, she became a member of the Ebenezer Presbyterian Church, where she taught Sunday school and Adult Bible class. Marcelyn graduated from Westmar College in 1959. She taught school at Harris, IA and Mason City, IA for several years. She attended St. Paul Bible College (now known as, Crown College in St Bonifacius, MN), for Library Science, and later became head librarian there until 1982. She received her Master’s degree in Library Science at the University of Minnesota, and took some summer classes through the University of Denver. She worked at Bethany College for five years. In 1991 she started working for Sanborn Christian School and retired in 2007. She was a member of the Federated Woman’s Club, the Lyon County Historical Society and Ostfriesen Geneological Society. Marcelyn loved to travel and traveled all over the world. She traveled to thirty-seven countries and all fifty states. She chaperoned several annual trips to the Browns Conferences at Lake Okoboji until she couldn’t do it anymore. Marcelyn had a passion for music and loved to read books. She loved the Lord and always had a good word to say about everyone.

Marcelyn is survived by many cousins and friends.

Her parents, and several cousins preceded her in death.

July 24, 2014 - 2:20 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Marvin E. Miller, age 59 of Alvord, IA passed away Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at the Good Samaritan Society in George, IA.

Memorial service will be 3:00 P.M., Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at Jurrens Funeral Home in Rock Rapids with Reverend Dean Shelly officiating.

Visitation will be Tuesday, July 29th from 4:00 to 8:00 P.M., with the family present from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M at the Jurrens Funeral Home of Rock Rapids, IA.

An online registry and full obituary will be available at:

Marvin Eugene Miller was born on May 27, 1955 in Watertown, South Dakota, the son of Ralph and Lorraine (Marquart) Miller. He later graduated from Watertown High School. Marvin met Vickie Dean on August 16, 1980 at Lake Kampeska near Watertown. On June 19, 1982, they were united in marriage at Memorial Park in Watertown. The couple lived in several states such as South Dakota, Florida and Iowa. Marvin worked as a truck driver for Pete Klein Trucking in Rock Rapids, IA. His hobbies included riding his motorcycle and looking at old cars. His favorite was the 1955 Chevy, the year he was born. He will be greatly missed.

Marvin is survived by his wife of thirty-two year, Vickie Miller of Alvord, IA; four siblings, Sylvia (Robert) Peterson of Charlotte, North Carolina, Joyce (Richard) Larson of Fargo, North Dakota, Kenneth (Roxanne) Miller of Uvalde, Texas and Frank (Karen) Miller of Watertown, South Dakota; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and other extended family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents; parents, Ralph and Lorraine Miller and one sister, Janet Mathews.

July 21, 2014 - 12:50 pm - Posted in Obituaries

John D. Coulson, age 94 of Doon, IA died Saturday, July 19, 2014 at Rock Rapids Health Centre in Rock Rapids, IA.

Memorial service will be 11:00 a.m., Thursday, July 24th at United Methodist Church in Rock Rapids, IA, with Rev. Marsha Sangel officiating. Inurnment will follow at Riverview Cemetery at Rock Rapids. Family will be receiving friends and family Thursday morning one hour prior to the service at the church.

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John Delbert Coulson was born July 9, 1920 in Grundy Center, Iowa, the son of Delbert and Gretchen (McDonald) Coulson. He was raised and educated in Grundy Center and graduated from high school in 1938. After high school John spent time at the local newspaper learning how to operate and maintain the printing press. He also worked as a telephone and telegraph lineman.

On July 3, 1942 John entered the Army Air Corps where he was a Radar Repairman for Airborne Equipment. He was honorably discharged on January 21, 1946 and returned to Iowa. He and Fred Jess purchased the Little Rock Freelance Newspaper in May of 1948 and ran the paper until August of 1952. On September 7, 1952 John was united in marriage to Beverly Jean Julia Hanson at United Methodist Church in Rock Rapids, IA. They made their home in Rock Rapids. He began working at the Lyon County Reporter as a Mechanical Superintendent. On July 17, 1991 John’s wife Beverly died after 40 years of marriage. Soon after, John retired from the Reporter after working over 30 years.

John was a member of the United Methodist Church in Rock Rapids and the Rex Strait Post No. 103, American Legion. He enjoyed fishing, gardening, mowing his yard, reading and short car rides. Most of all John enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He is survived by five children, Jeane Bruns, Barbara Coulson, both of Doon, IA, Patti (husband Gene) Boon of Alton, IA, Mike (wife Tami) Coulson of Everson, WA and Nancy (husband Terry) Daily of Urbana, MO; seven grandchildren; and twenty-two great-grandchildren; a sister, Ruth Walters of Iowa City, IA; and other extended family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Delbert and Gretchen Coulson; wife, Beverly Jean Julia Coulson; three brothers, Donald, Paul, and Wilfred; and one sister, Margaret Ashby.

June 23, 2014 - 7:30 am - Posted in Obituaries

Wilson, RoseRose M. Wilson, age 82, of Sheldon, Iowa passed away on Thursday, June 19, 2014 at the George Good Samaritan Center in George, Iowa.

Her services will be Monday, June 23, 2014 at 10:00am from Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Sheldon, Iowa with Rev. George Clausen ~ Officiating.Burial will be in the Pleasant View Cemetery in Hartley, Iowa,Visitation will be Sunday, June 22, 2014 after 2:00pm with the family present from 2:00 – 4:00pm at the Vander Ploeg Funeral Home in Sheldon.

Arrangements under the care of Vander Ploeg Funeral Home, Sheldon, Iowa.

 Rose Marie Wilson, the daughter of Emil R. and Rose (Wilkens) Thietje was born September 18, 1931 in Everly, Iowa. She received her education in Everly and graduated from the Everly High School in 1949. Rose went on to attend Sheldon Junior College in Sheldon, Iowa and graduated from Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa and received her Master’s in Education from Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa. On December 31, 1952, she was united in marriage to Wesley William Wilson in Sheldon, Iowa. The couple’s married life was spent in Sheldon. Rose taught in country schools near Everly and McIntire, Iowa, while Bud was serving in the Korean War. After his return from the service, Rose stayed home to take care of the children, while she worked on her teaching certificate. Rose taught at East Elementary School in Sheldon for 37 years. The couple’s retirement years were spent in Sheldon. Bud preceded her in death on October 9, 2009. Rose remained in her home until March of 2014 when she moved to the George Good Samaritan Center in George, Iowa due to failing health. Rose passed away at Good Samaritan on Thursday, June 19, 2014 reaching the age of 82 years, 9 months and 1 day.
   Rose was a member of Our Savior Lutheran Church, the Northwestern Iowa Quilting Club, and Sheldon Garden Club. She was a Master Gardener. Dressing up as Patches the Clown and Mrs. Claus, she performed in nursing homes, the hospital in Sheldon and the Sheldon Public Library. She also enjoyed dinner date, playing cards and quilting ~ she must have given a quilt to about everyone in Sheldon.
Rose is survived by her children, Bill Wilson (Vennita) of Fort Pierre, South Dakota; Mike Wilson of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Lynn Wilson (Jaci) of Des Moines, Iowa; Laura Wilson of Clear Lake, Iowa and Cheryl Bender (Terry) of Tea, South Dakota; four grandchildren, Nicole Woessner (Joe); Wesley Tremmel and fiancé, Melinda McDowell; Benjamin Tremmel, and Brody Wilson; great-grandchildren, Kassaday Summers; Krimzon Summers and Chambree Woessner; step great-grandchildren, Jacob and Andrew Woessner; and a sister and her husband, Betty (Lowell) Seiberling of Alma, Wisconsin and other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, a sister, Ruth Peck and a brother, Emil Thietje Jr,.
June 16, 2014 - 11:08 am - Posted in Obituaries

Lisa Vogel, age 49 of Rock Rapids, IA died Saturday, June 14, 2014 at the Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at the Holy Name Catholic Church in Rock Rapids, with Father Bruce Lawler as celebrant. Burial will follow in the Riverview Cemetery in Rock Rapids.

Visitation will be Tuesday, June 17th from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m., with the family present from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Jurrens Funeral Home in Rock Rapids. There will be a vigil service at 7:00 p.m. that evening.

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 Lisa Marie Vogel was born on December 21, 1964 in Le Mars, Iowa, the daughter of Pat and Dee Dee (Herrig) Hughes. She grew up in Rock Rapids, Iowa and graduated from Central Lyon High School in 1983. Following her graduation she attended Nettleton Business College for two years and then in 2011 she took some online classes from the University of Phoenix and received a degree in Psychology. On July 10, 1993, Lisa was united in marriage to Jay Vogel at the Holy Name Catholic Church in Rock Rapids. Lisa had two children from a previous marriage, Anthony and Devin Hommes. After Devin’s brain injury she was a caregiver for him for many years. Lisa worked several places throughout her life such as Doohen’s Steak House, Sportsmen’s Lounge, Casey’s and Sunshine Foods until 2012. She was a member of the Holy Name Catholic Church and St. Catherine’s Society. Lisa always enjoyed meeting the public, visiting with family and friends; put others always before herself. She liked to cook, knit afghans and enjoyed the challenge of golf. She will be greatly missed.

     Lisa is survived by her husband of twenty years, Jay Vogel of Rock Rapids, IA; son, Anthony Hommes and fiancé Amanda McCulley of Rock Rapids, IA; mother, Dee Dee Hughes of Rock Rapids, IA; mother-in-law, Barb Vogel of Rock Rapids, IA; sister, Kris (Tom) Gauthier of Cedar Park, TX; brother, Shannon (Missy) Hughes of Dakota Dunes, SD; and other extended family and friends.

     She was preceded in death by her son, Devin Hommes; dad, Pat Hughes; father-in-law, John Vogel; maternal grandparents, Ed and Lorraine Herrig; paternal grandparents, Don and Rosina Hughes; and brother-in-law, Terry Vogel.