December 16, 2019 - 1:54 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Paul A. Trei, age 63, of Rock Rapids, IA died on Sunday, December 15, 2019 at Rock Rapids Health Centre in Rock Rapids, IA.

Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, December 19th at the Zoar Presbyterian Church, rural George, IA with Rev. John Pea and Rev. Dale Lint officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.

Visitation will be Thursday, December 17th from 9:30 a.m. until the hour of service at the Zoar Presbyterian Church rural George, IA.

For a complete obituary and online registry please visit: www.jurrensfuneralhome.com

December 15, 2019 - 8:23 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Marcella “Marcy” Langstraat age 70 of George, IA died Saturday, December 14th, at Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls.

Funeral services will be 2:00 PM, Saturday, December 21st at Hope Reformed Church in George, with Rev. Steve De Haan officiating. Burial will be at the church cemetery.

Visitation will be Saturday, December 21st from 11:00 AM until the hour of service at Hope Reformed Church of George.

The Jurrens Funeral Home of George is in charge of arrangements for Marcy Langstraat of George.

December 13, 2019 - 2:06 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Viola Krull age 98 of Rock Rapids, IA died December 12, 2019 at Country View Manor in Sibley, IA.

A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, December 17th at First Baptist Church rural George, IA, with Rev. Dr. Mike Hagan officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.

Visitation will be Monday, December 16th from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m., with family present from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church, rural George, IA.

For a complete obituary and online registry please visit: www.jurrensfuneralhome.com

December 12, 2019 - 3:49 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Sylvia Gruis age 98 of Little Rock, IA died December 12, 2019 at Sibley Specialty Care in Sibley, IA.

A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, December 16th at Salem Reformed Church in Little Rock, IA, with Rev. Dan Haggar officiating. Burial will follow at Pleasant View Cemetery in Little Rock, IA.

Visitation will be Sunday, December 15th from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., with family present at Salem Reformed Church in Little Rock, IA.

For a complete obituary and online registry please visit: www.jurrensfuneralhome.com

December 12, 2019 - 2:31 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Merlyn D. Smeenk, 70, of Harrisburg, SD died Wednesday, December 11, 2019.

His funeral service will be 10:30 AM Saturday, December 14 at First Reformed Church, Sioux Falls, with burial at Hills of Rest Cemetery. Visitation begins at 5:00 PM Friday, December 13 at George Boom Funeral Home & On-Site Crematory, Sioux Falls, where the family will greet friends from 5:00 PM to7:00 PM.

Merlyn Dale Smeenk, son of Raymond and Gladys (Vander Meulen) Smeenk, was born November 9, 1949 at Sioux Valley Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD. He lived on a farm near Harrisburg, SD his entire life. Merlyn attended country school at Muller District #35 near Lake Alvin. He graduated from Canton (SD) High School in 1968. During high school, Merlyn was active in Future Farmers of America and served as a state officer. He then attended South Dakota State University in Brookings, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in animal science and was a member of the ROTC.

Merlyn proudly served his country as a member of the South Dakota Air National Guard before retiring as a Major in 1993. He also served as a member of the Minnesota Civil Air Patrol.

Merlyn was united in marriage with Lonna DeWild on December 17, 1971 in Sioux Falls, SD. The couple farmed and raised their family on the family place near Harrisburg.

As a man of faith, Merlyn was a member of Arise Church in addition to serving in various capacities at other churches through the years. He had been a member of the Lincoln County Rural Water Board for over 40 years and was currently serving as its President. He was named a National Pork All-American in 1985 and had been a past member of the South Dakota Soybean Association. In addition, the Smeenks were honored as Farm Family of the Year by the Ag Business Division of the Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce in 1990.

Besides his hobbies of flying and Corvettes, Merlyn enjoyed visiting with anyone who came across his path. Merlyn’s greatest joy was his grandchildren and the time he was able to spend with them.

Grateful for having shared his life are his loving wife of nearly 48 years, Lonna; two sons, Ryon Smeenk and his wife, Sharon, Harrisburg, SD, Neil Smeenk and his wife, Christine, Van Meter, IA; six grandchildren, Amanda, Kayla, Natalie, Jonah, Audrey and Norah; his brother, Norman Smeenk and his wife, Joyce, Harrisburg, SD; his sister, Donna Stanford and her husband, Gary, Sioux Falls, SD; and many other relatives and friends.

Merlyn was preceded in death by his parents, Ray and Gladys Smeenk; a brother, John Smeenk; and a niece, Lila Van Essen.

December 4, 2019 - 8:46 am - Posted in Obituaries

Roger Monen, age 69 of Lester, IA died Saturday, November 30, 2019 at his home surrounded by family in Lester.

Funeral service will be 10:30 AM Wednesday, December 4, 2019 at Seeds of Faith Church in Lester, IA with Pastor Brent Eliason officiating.

Burial will follow at Hillside Cemetery in Lester.

Visitation will be Tuesday, December 3rd from 4:00 to 7:00 PM with family present at the Seeds of Faith Church in Lester.

In lieu of flowers family wish memorials which will be designated to at a later date.

A complete obituary and online register visit www.jurrensfuneralhome.com.

November 25, 2019 - 1:04 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Louise Vis, age 96 of Rock Rapids, Iowa died Sunday, November 24, 2019 at Lyon Specialty Care in Rock Rapids.

Funeral service will be 10:00 AM, Saturday, November 30th at Christian Reformed Church in Rock Rapids, IA, with Reverend Dr. Clifford Hoekstra officiating.

Burial will be at Riverview Cemetery in Rock Rapids, IA.

Visitation will be Friday, November 29th from 5:00 to 7:00 PM, with family present at Christian Reformed Church of Rock Rapids.

Jurrens Funeral Home of Rock Rapids is in charge of services.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the Vis family for later designation.

November 18, 2019 - 6:13 am - Posted in Obituaries

Mary A. Lavender, 97, formerly of George, IA passed away peacefully in her home while surrounded by loved ones on Thursday, November 14, 2019.  Her funeral service will be 2:00 PM Monday, November 18 at George Boom Funeral Home & On-Site Crematory, Sioux Falls, with burial at Hills of Rest Cemetery.  Visitation begins at 1:00 PM Monday, November 18 at the funeral home, where the family will greet friends until the start of the service.

Maryanna Pearl Ray, daughter of Earl and Gussie (Olin) Ray, was born December 13, 1921 in Norfolk, NE.  She grew up there.  Mary graduated from nursing school in Omaha, NE.  It was there she met her future husband, John Lavender, who was attending medical school.

Mary and John were united in marriage on November 7, 1942 in Omaha.  The couple made their home in George, IA where John established his medical practice.  The couple was blessed with three children, John Jr., Mary and Louise.  Mary and John attended Immanuel Lutheran Church and were active in Republican politics.  Mary was appointed by the Governor to a Judicial Selection Committee and was active in both Boy and Girl Scouting.

Mary will be remembered for her beautiful smile, warm heart, her strong Christian faith and her lifelong romance with her beloved husband.

Grateful for having shared her life are three children, John Lavender Jr. and his wife, Natalie, Sioux Falls, SD, Mary Van Loh and her husband, Ronald, Sioux Falls, SD, Louise Rouse and her husband, Philip, Denver, CO; and four grandchildren.  Mary also treasured her sister Geraldine’s only child, Rae Ann Schmeichel and her husband, Ron, Lincoln, NE.

Mary was preceded in death by her husband, John, on July 13, 2009; her parents, Earl and Gussie Ray; and her sister, Geraldine “Jerry” Baldridge.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in memory of Mary to the charity of your choice.

November 16, 2019 - 5:38 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Alvin Schettler, age 96, of Larchwood, died Saturday, November 16th at Lyon Specialty Care in Rock Rapids IA.  Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, November 20th at The Church of St. Mary in Larchwood, with burial at 2:00 p.m. at the Dell Rapids Cemetery in Dell Rapids, South Dakota.

Visitation will be Tuesday, November 19th from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m., with family present from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at The Church of St. Mary in Larchwood.  There will be a vigil at 7:00 PM.

For a complete obituary and online registry please visit:  www.jurrensfuneralhome.com

The Jurrens Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for 96-year-old Alvin Schettler of Larchwood.

November 11, 2019 - 12:46 pm - Posted in Obituaries

Henry “Hank” Van Der Brink age 64 of George, IA passed away on Sunday, November 10, 2019 at his home in George, IA.

Memorial services will be 11:00 AM Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at Ebenezer Presbyterian Church in George, Iowa with Reverend John Pea, officiating. A prayer service for family and friends will be held at 10:00 AM at Jurrens Funeral Home of George with burial to follow at Evergreen Lawn Cemetery of George.

Visitation will be Tuesday, November 12th from 4:00 to 8:00 PM with the family present from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the Jurrens Funeral Home of George.